SELECTED INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS
QUALITY, MANAGEMENT AND AVAILABILITY OF DATA
FOR HYDROLOGY AND WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Koblenz, Federal Republic of Germany
22 - 26 March 1999
convened jointly by
the National Committee of the Federal Republic of Germany
for the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO
and the Operational Hydrology Programme of WMO
the National Committee of the Netherlands
for the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO
and the Operational Hydrology Programme of WMO
the International Co-ordination Committee of the IHP FRIEND project
organised jointly with
UNESCO, WMO, the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), European Environment Agency (EEA), EurAqua,
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE)
Venue and Date
The conference will be held in the Rhein-Mosel-Halle, Koblenz, Germany, from
Background of the Conference
Measurements are fundamental to the development and application of hydrological science. Modelling has increased our understanding of hydrological processes, and is an essential tool in forecasting the hydrological effects of human influence. However, progress in hydrology largely depends on improved methods of data collection and the availability of adequate data at various spatial and temporal scales. Even in intensely measured regions, meteorological and hydrological data and their derived quantities, such as spatial averages, are seldom adequate for reliable model application.
The growing demand for fresh water and the conflicting demands on water resources in densely populated areas are significant issues facing most countries and regions. The sustainable development of our water resources in the face of these pressures will require more reliable hydrological data and water-related information. In transboundary river systems the diversity of measurement and data quality standards of individual countries hampers the scientific development of river basin management. Significant discontinuities in data values, for example, in precipitation, are frequently observed at international borders due to the use of different standards. Global change issues increase the need for sufficient high quality data to ensure the security of water supplies and protection against floods and droughts. Also, there is an increasing demand from modellers for accurate and consistent data obtained from networks at various spatial and temporal scales.
The availability and free exchange of data are increasingly recognised as significant factors in co-ordinating international scientific research and water resources management. The FRIEND project, which is the inspiration for this conference, is one example of international research co-ordination which has assembled and analysed an international data base.
Objectives of the Conference
The objective of this conference is to provide a forum for presentations and discussions on the accuracy, management and availability of hydrological and environmental data, including those on water quality, for hydrological research, water resources management, and environmental decision making. The conference will promote the adoption of harmonised approaches to data collection, quality assurance, management and access, and the design of representative observational networks.
This conference will serve as a platform for exchanging ideas and discussing specific needs for high quality data for various purposes. The conference intends to encourage co-operation in large-scale observational networks of international water systems to acquire data with comparable reliability and precision for use in facing new challenges for hydrological research. Participation is recommended for experts involved in data collection and processing, hydrological modelling and integrated water resources management, as well as policy and economic decision makers.
The various themes of this conference will cover a broad spectrum of issues related to the quality and availability of data. An area of particular focus will be the need to quantify the uncertainty both in the data and in the results of model applications. The range of data types to be covered within the conference will include precipitation, surface water, soil moisture, ground water and various water quality parameters.
Well known experts are being invited to deliver key-note lectures on the state-of-the-art of each theme.
Need for hydrological and related data
Management of data
Availability of data
The working language of the conference will be English.
It is foreseen that the participation fee will be in the order of DM 270.00 including the proceedings of the conference. The fee will not cover hotel expenses and meals.
The leaflet containing information on registration and hotel reservation will be mailed to all pre-registered members.
Scientific field trips will be organised to hydrological sites in the region. Excursions to places of general and cultural interest will also be organised, if desired.
Professor Dr. K. Hofius
Telephone:++49 261 1306 5313 / 5440
The Joint Congress
The water 99 joint Congress will be held from 6-8 July 1999 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia. The congress combines two principal water/natural resource management forums of national and international repute namely, the 25th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, and the 2nd International Conference on Water Resources and Environment Research.
The theme for the 25th Hydrology & Water Resources Symposium (HWRS) of The Institution of Engineers Australia has special significance given its coincidence with the turn of the century - Building on 100 years of Australian water engineering for the new millennium. The symposium will feature traditional events including the C. H. Munro Oration, awarding of the G. N. Alexander Medal, and the "Hydrological Games" as part of the symposium dinner. Topics to be discussed include:
The theme for the 2nd International Conference on Water Resources and Environment Research (ICWRER) is International achievements in water resources. The conference will continue the excellent tradition established at the International Conference on Stochastic and Statistical Methods in Hydrology and Environmental Engineering held in Waterloo, Canada in 1993 and the International Conference on Water Resources and Environmental Research held in Kyoto, Japan in 1996.
ICWRER's technical programme will be based around the following topics:
Authors of accepted papers will be required to submit a full paper (up to six pages including diagrams) for inclusion in the congress proceedings by 1 February 1999. Paper presentations will be limited to 15 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion time. All papers will be refereed. The international scientific committee will referee ICWRER papers.
Poster presentations will be displayed during specified morning and afternoon tea times. All presenters will be required to man their poster presentations during the morning and afternoon teas. All poster presenters will also be required to submit a written paper (up to 6 pages including diagrams).
The water 99 Joint Congress is to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre situated on South Bank. Brisbane is an exciting city and the city skyline now mixes streamline glass towers with the character and history of the early sandstone buildings. Busy pavement cafes on tree lined streets give a cosmopolitan atmosphere to the city centre while the array of parks makes Brisbane an inviting and appealing city to explore. Brisbane is also only one hour's drive away from the famous beaches of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts making it ideal for pre and post congress tours. Technical tours will also be offered.
Brisbane's subtropical climate affords sunshine for an average of 300 days a year and is recognised as one of the most desirable climates in the world. During July winter temperatures range from 9 to 22 degrees Celsius.
For further information please contact the congress secretariat:
Water 99 Joint Congress
EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON STOCHASTIC HYDRAULICS (ISSH' 2000)
Beijing, 25-28 July 2000
International Research and Training Centre
on Erosion and Sedimentation
International Association for Hydraulic
National Natural Science Foundation of
United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
International Association for Hydrological
Sciences (IHES) (to be invited)
Chinese Hydraulic engineering Society
Water Resources Engineering Division of
American Society of Civil Engineers
(WREDASCE) (to be invited)
German-Sino Unsteady Sediment Transport
The International Symposium on Stochastic Hydraulics (ISSH) has become a regular and respected event in the technical conference calendar for engineers and scientists working in all areas of hydraulics. The purpose of the ISSH conferences is to review the state-of-the-art of stochastic hydraulics and approaches to water engineering. The previous 7 symposia were held in 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996 and were well appreciated. ISSH' 2000 is the eighth one. The symposium will focus on a better understanding and developments in the application of stochastic analysis to river hydraulics, sediment transport, catchment hydraulics, ground water, waves and coastal processes, hydraulic networks and structures, hydrology, risk and reliability in hydraulic design and water resources in the world.
Naturally, the advancement and implementation of stochastic hydraulics is not without technical and scientific problems. Further development of the science is also impeded by economic problems, sociological problems and urban planning challenges. More than ever before, the Chinese government is committed to ensure a better and sustainable environment for future generations. The well-known Three Gorges Project of the Yangtze River and the Xiao-Lang-Di Reservoir of the Yellow River under construction and the planned South-North Long Distance Water Transfer Project pose major challenges to hydraulic engineers. The Eighth Symposium in China will provide not only a forum for exchange of the latest development in stochastic hydraulics but also a chance for the participants of the conference to see the development of hydraulic engineering in China.
The symposium is designed to attract researchers, practitioners, educators and public officials interested in stochastic hydraulics. Researchers will have the opportunity to share recent findings and techniques, and describe applications of stochastic analysis with innovative methodologies to engineering problems. Practitioners can present recent experiences and discuss problems needing research, both in formal and informal settings. Educators can participate in organised discussions on issues in continuing education and training and share current efforts linking education, practice, and research. Public officers responsible for water resources development and environmental quality will benefit from hearing current trends in research and applications, and can alert the profession to evolving needs in research and application.
THEME AND TOPICS
The major theme for the conference is the application of stochastic analysis in river hydraulics and sediment transport, stochastic hydrology and water resources with the following main topics:
CALL FOR PAPERS
Papers are invited on the topics indicated and others falling within the scope of the conference. The conference language is English, so papers and correspondence are required in English. Three copies of an abstract of about 400 words, clearly stating the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be presented in the full paper should be submitted to the Conference Technical Committee before 31 August 1999 for review. Each abstract should clearly state the most relevant conference topic.
A few distinguished scientists will make keynote addresses. Presentations on the given topics will be made in groups. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed and papers will be invited on the basis of the abstracts. The papers themselves will also be reviewed to ensure an appropriate technical standard for the meeting. The proceedings of the conference will be published in book form and will be available to delegates at the time of registration. After the conference the proceedings will be widely distributed by the international book trade.
The fee for participation in the conference will be US$450 if received before 25 April 2000 and US$500 thereafter. It will cover the proceedings, conference banquets, the city tours on the second conference day, daily lunches and coffee breaks. Payment may be made by cheque and bank transfer. Post conference tours are planned. A city tour and two conference banquets will be organised the price of which will be included in the conference fee.
The conference will be held in Beijing organised by the International Research and Training Centre on Erosion and Sedimentation (IRTCES) in co-operation with international and national organisations. Enquiries can be addressed to:
Prof. Dr. Zhao-Yin Wang,
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First Announcement and call for Papers
UNESCO International Hydrological
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
INTEGRATED DROUGHT MANAGEMENT -
LESSONS FOR SUB - SAHARAN AFRICA
20-22nd September 1999
CSIR Conference Centre
PRETORIA, South Africa
Convened by SA National Committee
for the IHP
The Conference is a contribution to the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO and the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) of the United Nations with the support of:
in collaboration with the following South African bodies:
THE CONFERENCE AND ITS AIMS
The main objective of the conference is to better understand the factors predisposing people and landscapes to heightened drought vulnerability; and to work towards strategies and actions which can reduce drought vulnerability and move towards sustainable development. Emphasis will be placed on drought and social equity with questions such as:
The conference should give impetus to regional and international co-operation in drought management; and make Sub-Saharan Africa a focus region for the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction 1990-2000.
MAIN THEMES OR TOPICS
Sessions will address:
The conference will consist of plenary, parallel and poster sessions with ample time for discussion. Working Groups will be especially set up to address important and cross-cutting issues. Extended abstracts will be distributed at the conference and proceedings printed and/or produced on CD-Rom after the conference. Registration fees will be approximately
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The conference is aimed at a very broad constituency of researchers, academics, practitioners, consultants, developers, policy-makers, planners, community leaders and the media industries, who have common interests in the effective management of drought in all its manifestations.
The official language of the conference will be English.
CONFERENCE PLANNERS, PO Box 82,