The Digital Water Globe (DWG)

The Digital Water Globe is an innovative tool specially designed for, and by, IAHS members. Here you can give visibility to (un)published results, research sites and find peers for collaborating around the world. The information is kept short and concise like a digital poster exhibition with key messages. Filter functions facilitate the search.


The digital revolution is accelerating and the past pandemic induced both constraints and innovations. To coincide with our centenary in 2022, we implemented a web platform and software system to efficiently link and display global hydrological knowledge and scientific findings, and to facilitate new networking and knowledge management. Therefore, the IAHS Bureau decided to develop a digital globe, which aimed to stimulate and facilitate engagement, interactions, and dialogues between IAHS scientists and stakeholders, such as other experts, practitioners, media, and citizens. The development takes stock of current state-of-the-art technology in web visualisation and cutting-edge hydrological research from IAHS members.

The Digital Water Globe (DWG) is a web-based software platform where IAHS members share Case studies, Personal profiles, IAHS references and links to data repositories. The different items are linked to a geographical position on a global map as well as keywords for quick search using filter functions. The DWG offers co-creation and re-examines the role of scientific outreach by exploring novel digital ways to interact between scientists and society for mutual understanding and co-evolution.

The digital platform enables:

  • Graphic display of hydrological case studies from each continent, with community input.
  • Overview of ongoing hydrological activities and scientific achievements.
  • Opportunity for data sharing.
  • Ability to link groups and foster scientific collaboration.
  • Internal community building within and between IAHS Commissions and Working Groups.
  • Engagement of and with partners, stakeholders, and citizens.
  • Framework for displaying and linking projects involved in Panta Rhei, Unsolved Problems in Hydrology (UPH), and Science for solutions: Hydrology Engaging Local People IN one Global world (HELPING) initiatives.
  • Evolution and innovation over time to provide an on-going platform and archive.

Most of all, the Digital Water Globe will exploit the potential of an innovative digital arena for IAHS-community building, data/knowledge exchange and science communication in action. We invite you to view and contribute to the Digital Water Globe! To contribute you need to log in to the IAHS Members Area then request access via the Request Digital Water Globe Access.

Do you want to become an Associate Editor approving content submitted to the DWG? Please contact [email protected]

Guides to help you with the IAHS Digital Water Globe:



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