HELPING - Science For Water Solutions Decade

The 3rd IAHS Scientific Decade 2023-2032

The third IAHS scientific decade is dedicated to water solutions in the Anthropocene. The name HELPING stands for Hydrology Engaging Local People IN one Global world. This decade is a bottom-up process empowered by local hydrologists and scientists using open science and local data/methods when solving local water problems. We envisage that the building of local knowledge and cooperation can inform scientists working under similar situations or facing unexpected events worldwide. (e.g., learning from floods or droughts in one catchment) will inform hydrologists and water management in other catchments. You are invited to contribute to the process and sign up to a working group HERE. Read more in the Concept Note. HELPING will underpin solutions for the water crisis, leaving no catchment or hydrologist behind, in search for scientific evidence to:

  • Accelerate the understanding of the linkages between hydrological processes at local and global scales and their interaction with water resources.
  • Engage with local scientists and societies to learn from local experience, differences in hydrological processes and change around the world, and transfer solutions globally.
  • Synthesising hydrological understanding across the globe and underpin the management of current crises by finding holistic solutions to mitigate future crises.

The new decade is elaborated using a strategic planning process.

Themes and Working Groups

A detailed list of HELPING Working Groups is already available, complete with proposal documents and contact information for the Theme Leaders as well as each Working Group leader. If you find a group that aligns with your research interests, reach out to the leader directly. Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected]. Your journey toward scientific collaboration and discovery begins here! Let's unite, innovate, and make a lasting impact together during the HELPING Decade!

The HELPING Working Groups have been crafted through community proposals and are categorised into three themes;

  • Theme 1: HELPING with global and local interactions - Lead by Justin Sheffield, University of Southampton, England.
  • Theme 2: HELPING with holistic solutions for water security - Lead by Ana Mijic of Imperial College, London.
  • Theme 3: HELPING with Cross-Cutting Goals - Lead by Adeyemi Olusola of York University, Canada.

You are invited to explore and join the list of suggested Themes and Working Groups, complete with their related proposal documents and sign-up forms. These Working Groups were initiated in November 2023 and are expected to evolve throughout the decade. Discover the HELPING Working Groups right here. 

News and Updates

The spirit of HELPING collaboration and innovation is in full swing and we are excited to share that our global community is coming together to make a meaningful impact to understand and handle the water crisis of the Anthropocene. The journey ahead for the HELPING Working Groups promises excitement, growth, and an opportunity to make a meaningful impact. Together, we will redefine what's achievable and set new standards for success. With joint efforts we can make a difference as a community, and we're excited to have you on board.

Time Plan

Want To Know More About HELPING

If you're new to the world of HELPING and eager to get involved, don't hesitate to reach out to us. Our team is not only passionate about our mission but also excited to provide you with all the information you need. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us. Our team is passionate about what we do, and we'd love to share the details with you. Just drop us an email at [email protected], and let's embark on this scientific journey together. Your quest for knowledge starts here!



Discussions Forums

IAHS opened two online discussion forums in early 2023 and although the discussions are now closed, you can view the discussions below or click on the image below.

To check the previous and now CLOSED discussion, please click on the image below

If you're curious and wish to delve deeper into HELPING and the Working Groups, feel free to reach out to us. Our team is truly passionate about our work, and we're excited to share all the details with you. Just send us an email at [email protected], and let's embark on this scientific journey together. Your quest for knowledge begins with us!

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