HISTORY of WaterITech

The core team behind WaterITech originate from a world-leading environmental modelling group at Aarhus University in Denmark, and have been participating in and leading research projects for more than a decade. Their research has focused particularly on building and applying advanced computer models and tools, which can help understand the physical, chemical and biological processes occurring in freshwater systems, and how human activities, climate change and extremes are affecting these processes. Key challenges that the team address across the globe include eutrophication (pollution) of surface waters, flooding and drought.

Research projects, such as the EU JPI Water project PROGNOS (2016-2019), and the EU JPI Climate project WATExR (2017-2020), with stakeholders from different societal sectors, have made it increasingly clear, that state-of-the-art, science-based models, can be instrumental tools for addressing a wide range of pressing societal challenges within the water supply sector, the agricultural sector and the fisheries sector, and also for dissemination of research findings. These science-based models, which are mainly developed for research purposes are, however, often very difficult for non-scientists to operate in a meaningful way.

With the mission to enable a much easier and widespread use of otherwise complex models, and thereby help support a more sustainable use of the worlds’ limited and precious water resources, WaterITech was established in 2019 by Dennis Trolle and Anders Nielsen as a spin-out of Aarhus University.

Shortly after the establishment of WaterITech, the Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science launched the InnoExplorer program. The program seeks to strengthen entrepreneurship, and contribute to maturing knowledge and research results from public research institutions that have a commercial potential, so they can get closer to the market. WaterITech saw this as a unique opportunity for making the models they work with much more useful for the greater society. The WaterITech team partnered with Anders Lehmann, software developer at Aarhus University and CEO of Serendipity soft, and applied for the highly competitive InnoExplorer funding through Innovation Fund Denmark. The application was a success, and the partnership was awarded with an InnoExplorer Grant.

This resulted in the development of the WaterWebTools.com portal, which now comprise a series of online tools for environmental forecasting. The tools are all easily operated through a web-interface, and help address challenges relating to eutrophication, flooding and drought. The WaterWebTools partnership strive to provide the markets’ best forecasting tools for addressing water related challenges, and continuously improve the quality of the products based on advances within state-of-the-art science. Today, environmental forecasting is one of several services that WaterITech can offer to clients world-wide.