HELPING - Science For Water Solutions Decade

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.


HELPING Themes and Working Groups

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. If you're curious and wish to delve deeper into these 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!



As we gear up for EGU2024, we are thrilled to unveil our focus on HELPING and the Digital Water Globe (DWG)

We invite you to join us in championing HELPING and the DWG's mission. Together, we can amplify our impact and drive meaningful change in the world. Brace yourself for a whirlwind of dynamic IAHS and DWG presentations, poster sessions, splinter meetings, and unparalleled networking opportunities. Here's a sneak peek at what we have in store:

Near-term (annual to decadal) forecasts of water availability (IAHS-HELPING-Theme 2 WG) 
Convener: Kristian Förster
Mon, 15 Apr, 14:00–15:45 (CEST) Room 2.42

IAHS - HELPING Co-Creating Water Knowledge Working Group Meeting 
Convener: Giulio Castelli | Co-conveners: Wouter Buytaert, Natalie Ceperley
Tue, 16 Apr, 14:00–15:45 (CEST) Room 2.61

IAHS Drought in Mountain Regions Working Group 
Convener: Francesco Avanzi | Co-convener: Marit Van Tiel
Thu, 18 Apr, 12:45–13:45 (CEST) Room 2.42

HELPING science for solutions decade 
Co-sponsored by IAHS
Convener: Christina Anna Orieschnig | Co-conveners: Berit Arheimer, Moctar Dembélé, Salvatore Grimaldi, Fuqiang Tian
Orals  | Thu, 18 Apr, 14:00–15:45 (CEST) Room 2.31
Posters on site  | Attendance Wed, 17 Apr, 10:45–12:30 (CEST) | Display Wed, 17 Apr, 08:30–12:30 Hall A
Posters virtual  | Attendance Wed, 17 Apr, 14:00–15:45 (CEST) | Display Wed, 17 Apr, 08:30–18:00 vHall A

IAHS Science for Solutions decade: HELPING 
Convener: Berit Arheimer | Co-conveners: Justin Sheffield, Ana Mijic, Adeyemi Oludapo Olusola
Fri, 19 Apr, 10:45–12:30 (CEST) Room 2.43

IAHS Digital Water Globe 
Convener: Eduardo Mario Mendiondo | Co-convener: Berit Arheimer
Tue, 16 Apr, 08:30–10:15 (CEST) Room 2.97
Wed, 17 Apr, 19:00–20:00 (CEST) Room 2.83

EGU24-21088 | ECS | Orals | HS1.3.1 | Highlight 
On promoting education and community adaptation in Global South’s studies populating the Digital Water Globe: the DREAMS project for the HELPING Science Decade 
Denise Taffarello, Danielle Bressiani, Adelaide Nardocci, Susana Dias, Dirce Maria Lobo Marchioni, Suzana Gico Montenegro, Marcos Roberto Benso, Gabriel Marinho e Silva, Veber Afonso Figueiredo Costa, Nilo Nascimento, Wilson dos Santos Fernandes, Jose Antonio Marengo, Jamil Anache, and Eduardo Mario Mendiondo
Thu, 18 Apr, 14:55–15:05 (CEST) Room 2.31

Drought in the Anthropocene research network meeting 
Convener: Marthe Wens
Tue, 16 Apr, 12:45–13:45 (CEST) Room 2.43

EGU24-4773 | ECS | Orals | HS1.3.1 | Highlight 
HELPING: Co-creating and communicating water solutions in a globally changing world 
Adeyemi Olusola, Giulio Castelli, and Natalie Ceperley
Thu, 18 Apr, 14:35–14:45 (CEST)  Room 2.31

EGU24-5911 | ECS | Orals | HS1.3.1 | Highlight 
REHYDRATE - an international HELPING working group to REtrieve historical HYDRologic dATa and Estimates    
Miriam Bertola and Paola Mazzoglio and the HELPING REHYDRATE Working Group
Thu, 18 Apr, 15:05–15:15 (CEST)   Room 2.31

EGU24-14824 | Posters on site | HS1.3.1 | Highlight 
Setting up the new Scientific Decade of IAHS: Science for Solutions with HELPING    
Berit Arheimer, Christophe Cudennec, Salvatore Grimaldi, and Günter Blöschl
Wed, 17 Apr, 10:45–12:30 (CEST) Hall A | A.2

EGU24-22254 | Orals | HS1.3.1 
Overview of the Theme 2 of IAHS HELPING: Holistic Solutions for Water Security    
Ana Mijic, Claudia Teutschbein, David Finger, Junguo Liu, Kristian Foerster, Marthe Wens, Nejc Bezak, Santosh Palmate, Shiv Nishad, and Stefan Krause
Thu, 18 Apr, 14:25–14:35 (CEST) Room 2.31

EGU24-19045 | Posters on site | HS1.3.1 | Highlight 
(Science) Communication is Key - Analysing and Adapting Outreach Approaches and Internal Workflows to Support HELPING as a Major International Scientific Initiative
Tarryn Payne and Christina Orieschnig
Wed, 17 Apr, 10:45–12:30 (CEST) Hall A | A.3

Community Paper Workshop on (Science) Communication in HELPING 
Convener: Christina Orieschnig, Soham Adla, Tarryn Payne 
Fr: 19 Apr. 08:30-10:15 (CEST)Room 2.96


Time plan for HELPING:


HELPING 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 about the IAHS Scientific Decades and want to learn more, 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!

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