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Updated information on the STAHY 2021 International Workshop

The eleventh edition of the STAHY International Workshop, STAHY 2021, finally will be online, in order to eliminate any uncertainty concerning its development, and with reduced registration fees

This event is organized by the International Commission on Statistical Hydrology (ICSH), of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), and the Research Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering (IIAMA) of the Universtat Politècnica de València (UPV). 

Submissions are OPEN and can be made via the STAHY-2021 website https://stahy2021.congresos.upv.es/registration/ 

General topics include:

·         Extreme hydrological and meteorological analysis under global changes
·         Quantifying uncertainty in hydrological predictions
·         Hydrological design and risk assessment under changing environment
·         Applications of big data, data mining and information theory
·         Data assimilation for hydrological forecasts
·         New approaches in time series analysis
·         Spatio-temporal variability and scaling
·         Geostatistics in groundwater and surface hydrology

Best presentations will be invited to a Special Issue in Hydrological Sciences Journal.

It is also noteworthy that during the Workshop Prof. Jose Salas will receive the ICSH Achievement Award for his giant and outstanding contribution to the science of Statistical Hydrology.

One day before the Workshop (15 September), the traditional Early Career Course will take place, which will be entirely free for all those registered in the Workshop. 

Important dates:

·         Abstract submission deadline: June 30, 2021
·         Notification of abstract acceptance:  July 25, 2021
·         Early bird registration deadline: August 31, 2021


Conference fees:

Category Early bird Standard rate
Regular € 120 € 150
Students € 60 € 75



Early career hydrologists from financially disadvantaged countries who are participating in the conference can apply for the SYSTA scheme that pays conference fees. Full details of the SYSTA eligibility criteria and application procedure can be found at https://iahs.info/About-IAHS/SYSTA.do 

Contact e-mail: stahy2021@upv.es 

STAHY2021 website: https://stahy2021.congresos.upv.es/
 

We look forward to welcoming you in September!

The Organizing Committee
Elena Volpi, Ashish Sharma and Félix Francés

Upcoming online workshops

In our role as an official partner of the World Water Quality Alliance, IAHS would like to draw your attention to two upcoming online workshops:

MONITORING PLASTICS IN RIVERS AND LAKES: Guidelines for the Harmonization of Methodologies.
Date: June 17, 2021 at 1:30 PM EAT (12:30 PM CEST). 

The guidelines contain the most current procedures for monitoring and analyzing plastic content in rivers, lakes, reservoirs and water/wastewater treatment plants. The harmonization of monitoring methods and techniques will allow for synthesis of data and will provide knowledge of transport processes, loads and impacts of plastic debris in freshwater bodies/ecosystems, that can be used to monitor water quality and also strengthen evidence base for guiding effective policymaking. The webinar will feature a panel of expert speakers and will provide the audience with an overview of the publication, practical use and implementation of the guidelines, as well as opportunities to put them into practice. 

Register via the website: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5721038690869826316.


RIVER BASIN SEDIMENT MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT
Date:  September 6-10, 2021

The free workshop under the umbrella of UNESCO’s International Sediment Initiative (ISI) aims at providing knowledge on:

River sediment measurement and monitoring techniques
River sediment data analysis methods
Transferring river sediment monitoring results to management solutions

This workshop will concentrate on monitoring and management of sediment in rivers. The workshop is organized in collaboration with the Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG), UNESCO-IHP and the International Research and Training Centre for Erosion and Sedimentation (IRTCES, Beijing, China).

Application deadline:  June 20, 2021

Website:   http://isi.irtces.org/isi/NewsEvents/comimgevents/webinfo/2021/05/1619300941493185.htm 

 

Upcoming 2021 Summer Schools

IAHS would like to draw your attention to a selection of hydrology related summer schools which may be of interest. Please contact the organisers directly for information using the relevant links.

Principles, Applications And New Frontiers In Isotope Geochemistry.  14-18 June 2021 at Lake Como School of Advanced Studies, Italy

The school deals with isotopes in multiple worlds of geochemistry. One of the topics is  environmental isotopes in hydrology. 
https://paig.lakecomoschool.org/  . 


Summer School: Extremes In Water Science. 11-17 July 2021 at Villa Colombella, Perugia, Italy

The Summer School will focus on advances in statistical theory and applications dealing with extremes in Earth System Sciences, and particularly in Water Science.
http://warredoc.unistrapg.it/en/events/2020-summer-school/  

Hydro-JULES Summer School. 12-16 July 2021  UKCEH Wallingford, UK (online event)

The intention is to train undergraduate, post-graduate, early-career and other international junior scientists from the fields of water and the environment, land surface science, water resources, ecology, hydrometeorology, biogeochemistry and other related research areas concerned with the delivery of next-generation land-surface and hydrological predictions.
https://hydro-jules.org/hydro-jules-summer-school-2021 

12th Annual Catchment Science Summer School. 29 August - 03 September 2021 University of Birmingham, UK (online event)

The course is designed for PhD students and Post Docs in catchment science. The course is taught by Jeff McDonnell, Chris Soulsby, Jan Seibert, Ilja van Meerveld, Doerthe Tetzlaff, David Hannah, Stefan Krause and many others. It is co-sponsored by the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Aberdeen, University of Zurich and Humboldt University. 
https://water.usask.ca/hillslope/teaching/catchment-science-summer-school.php#ClassDescription
  

Reminder: IAHS Digital Platform Innovation Call

As a worldwide learned society IAHS has always facilitated collective epistemological progress, knowledge capitalization and scientific dialogue, through the mechanisms of networking, sharing and debating on emerging topics and through agenda-setting initiatives. In line with our parent bodies IUGG and ISC (formerly ICSU), IAHS has always been proactive in bridging divides and defending values, which are now reframed in the Open Science principles *.

The demographics and practices of the community are changing, the digital revolution is accelerating, and the current pandemic induces both constraints and innovations.

To reinforce IAHS’s values - for the community and fed by the community - we are inviting ideas for the Association’s digital acceleration. To coincide with its centenary, IAHS wishes to implement a web platform and software system to effectively link and display global hydrological knowledge and scientific findings, and to facilitate new networking and knowledge management.

Systems could involve existing and/or new products and could potentially address some of the following requirements:

1.    Graphic display of hydrological case studies from each continent, with community input

2.    Overview of ongoing hydrological activities and scientific achievements 

3.    Opportunity for data sharing

4.    Ability to link groups and foster scientific collaboration

5.    Internal community building within and between IAHS Commissions and Working Groups

6.    Engagement of and with partners, stakeholders and citizens

7.    Framework for displaying and linking projects involved in the Panta Rhei and Unsolved Problems in Hydrology (UPH) initiatives

8.    Evolution and innovation over time to provide an on-going platform and archive

 
To enable the Association to brainstorm ideas for this community-led strategic shift, submit your outline suggestions and aspirations by June 15th 2021 by email to info@iahs.co.uk   

* See the actual intergovernmental process on Open Science, coordinated by UNESCO, to which we contribute via ISC, https://en.unesco.org/science-sustainable-future/open-science 

IAHS Digital Platform Innovation Call

As a worldwide learned society IAHS has always facilitated collective epistemological progress, knowledge capitalization and scientific dialogue, through the mechanisms of networking, sharing and debating on emerging topics and through agenda-setting initiatives. In line with our parent bodies IUGG and ISC (formerly ICSU), IAHS has always been proactive in bridging divides and defending values, which are now reframed in the Open Science principles *.

The demographics and practices of the community are changing, the digital revolution is accelerating, and the current pandemic induces both constraints and innovations.

To reinforce IAHS’s values - for the community and fed by the community - we are inviting ideas for the Association’s digital acceleration. To coincide with its centenary, IAHS wishes to implement a web platform and software system to effectively link and display global hydrological knowledge and scientific findings, and to facilitate new networking and knowledge management.

Systems could involve existing and/or new products and could potentially address some of the following requirements:

1.    Graphic display of hydrological case studies from each continent, with community input

2.    Overview of ongoing hydrological activities and scientific achievements 

3.    Opportunity for data sharing

4.    Ability to link groups and foster scientific collaboration

5.    Internal community building within and between IAHS Commissions and Working Groups

6.    Engagement of and with partners, stakeholders and citizens

7.    Framework for displaying and linking projects involved in the Panta Rhei and Unsolved Problems in Hydrology (UPH) initiatives

8.    Evolution and innovation over time to provide an on-going platform and archive

 
To enable the Association to brainstorm ideas for this community-led strategic shift, submit your outline suggestions and aspirations by June 15th 2021 by email to info@iahs.co.uk  

* See the actual intergovernmental process on Open Science, coordinated by UNESCO, to which we contribute via ISC, https://en.unesco.org/science-sustainable-future/open-science 

Obituary: Pierre J. Y. HUBERT 

Version française ci-dessous / French version at the bottom

Pierre Hubert (1943–2020) passed away on 31st December 2020. He graduated with a degree in engineering from the Ecole Centrale in Paris in 1967, and was awarded his PhD in 1971 and his Habilitation (Doctorat ès Sciences) in hydrology in 1986 from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. He worked from 1971 to 2007 for the Ecole des Mines de Paris, and he has long been at the heart of Paris’s multi-institutional masters and doctoral hydrology curricula. 

Pierre developed wide-ranging research interests in hydrology, from theoretical aspects to science support to water management, with a strong engagement in exploring multi-disciplinary approaches and with intensive international activity. This allowed him to tackle a diverse range of challenges across hydro-climatic, socio-hydrological and geopolitical contexts, always with a panoramic overview and contribution.

Pierre was at the leading edge of science in several areas, including isotopic hydro(geo)logy, modelling, scaling (fractal and multifractal), geostatistics and change detection, as applied to various hydro-meteorological variables and settings. The Hubert segmentation method is now a key tool for any hydro-climatologist addressing the question of change. His methodological developments led to improvements in the design of monitoring networks, to enhanced understanding of processes and patterns, and to the modelling and optimization of resource and hazard management.

Pierre developed and facilitated bilateral and multilateral cooperation initiatives with Quebec, Tunisia, Algeria, West Africa, Romania, Russia and beyond, continually supporting individuals, groups and networks to plug gaps in scientific knowledge. All this he undertook with a deep trust that the humanistic values of science and education are universal and independent from politics, and that the epistemological values of hydrological science benefit from exploring hydrological diversity across the world.

Pierre was rapidly identified as a multifaceted expert, as well as a very pleasant character, in French, francophone and international institutions and communities. He used his multiple engagements to encourage the emergence, funding and articulation of mechanisms of cooperation. He has been active in the French SHF—Société Hydrotechnique de France—and its Milon Prize. He has been a long-term contributor to the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme and the WMO Commission for Hydrology, representing France, then IAHS and IUGG.

Pierre was a key player in the organization management of conferences and publications (front and backstage), concerned both with scientific content and accessibility/open access, hence creating platforms for scientific sharing, consolidation, capitalization and dissemination. Beyond editorial and peer-reviewing tasks, he was particularly active on the francophone side of the then-bilingual Hydrological Sciences Journal of IAHS, and of the multilingual UNESCO–WMO International Glossary of Hydrology, which he expanded in its linguistic coverage and online accessibility: http://hydrologie.org/glu/aglo.htm. Furthermore, he made pioneering use of the opportunities offered by the internet to facilitate the open archiving of publications and the networking of scientists, in particular with the establishment and enduring management of the francophone portal http://hydrologie.org.

Pierre engaged early in IAHS—the International Association of Hydrological Sciences—recognizing in the Association a unique worldwide network whose vocation was close to his values, and where he could scale up his own actions for articulating hydrological sciences and players. He served as President of the French IAHS, then IUGG chapters, from 1990 to 2000. After undertaking various roles in IAHS commissions and publications, he was Secretary General of IAHS from 2000–2011, thanks first to a nomination when the position became vacant, and subsequently to two elections. He was particularly involved and efficient in facilitating the functioning of the Association, the emergence of digitization, the digital rescue and open archiving of the IAHS publication series, the shaping of the agenda-setting PUB—Prediction in Ungauged Basin—decade, and the partnership with UN Agencies (in particular UNESCO IHP and WMO CHy). He also accompanied the emergence of IACS, and facilitated interfaces with sister associations and contributions to transversal initiatives of IUGG. From 2011 to 2019, he continued as a bureau member of IUGG, not only representing hydrological sciences but also contributing to the strategy of the Union, from Earth System Science approaches to the celebration of the 100th Anniversary.

Pierre Hubert received the IAHS–UNESCO–WMO International Hydrology Prize / Volker Medal in 2015 in recognition of his scientific excellence and engagement with the community. For similar reasons, he was made knight of the Légion d’honneur in France. The many messages shared over the last weeks across various networks acknowledge this double reputation, and they also list countless anecdotes and testimonials of how Pierre ceaselessly blended the ventures of science and humanity.


Prof. Christophe Cudennec, Institut Agro, France & Secretary General of IAHS


Nécrologie

Pierre J. Y. HUBERT 

Pierre Hubert (1943–2020) est décédé le 31 Décembre 2020. Il était ingénieur de l’Ecole Centrale de Paris (1967), Docteur (1971) et Docteur ès Sciences (1986) en hydrologie de l’Université Pierre et Marie Curie de Paris. Il était en poste à l’Ecole des Mines de Paris de 1971 à 2007, et a longtemps été au coeur des formations Parisiennes co-accréditées en hydrologie.

Pierre a développé un large spectre d’activités scientifiques, allant de développements théoriques à l’aide à la gestion opérationnelle de l’eau, explorant des approches multi-disciplinaires et développant une activité internationale intense. Cela lui a permis d’aborder une large gamme d’enjeux à travers des contextes hydro-climatiques, socio-hydrologiques et géopolitiques diversifiés, menant à une vision et à une contribution panoramiques.

Pierre a été sur le front de science dans plusieurs domaines, en particulier l’hydro(géo)logie isotopique, la modélisation, les effets d’échelles (fractalité et multifractalité), les géostatistiques et la détection de changement, appliqués à diverses variables hydro-météorologiques et à divers contextes. La méthode de segmentation de Hubert est désormais incontournable pour tout hydro-climatologue qui explore les questions de changement. Ses développements méthodologiques ont permis des améliorations dans l’implantation des réseaux d’observation, la compréhension naturaliste des processus et des structures, la modélisation et l’optimisation de la gestion des ressources et des aléas. 

Pierre a développé et accompagné des coopérations bilatérales et multilatérales avec le Québec, la Tunisie, l’Algérie, l’Afrique de l’Ouest, la Roumanie, la Russie …, toujours dans la perspective d’aider des individus, des groupes et des réseaux à déveloper les connaissances scientifiques. Il était guidé par une profonde confiance dans les valeurs humanistes de la science et de l’éducation, vues comme étant universelles et indépendantes de la politique, et dans l’idée que l’épistémologie de l’hydrologie devait pouvoir être enrichie par l’exploration de la diversité hydrologique à travers le monde.

Pierre a rapidement été identifié dans les institutions et les communautés Françaises, francophones et internationales, comme étant un expert multi-facettes, ainsi qu’une personne agréable. Il s’est appuyé sur ses engagements multiples pour encourager l’émergence, le financement et l’articulation de mécanismes de coopération. Il a été actif au sein de la SHF—Société Hydrotechnique de France— et son Prix Milon. Il a été un contributeur sur le long terme du Programme Hydrologique International de l’UNESCO et de la Commission d’Hydrologie de l’OMM, representant la France, puis l’AISH et l’UIGG.

Pierre a été un acteur important dans l’organisation et les coulisses de nombreuses conférences et publications, attentif à la fois au contenu scientifique et à l’accessibilité, et donc aux vertus du partage, de la consolidation, de la capitalisation et de la diffusion scientifiques. Au delà d’activités éditoriales, il a été particulièrement actif dans le versant francophone du Journal des Sciences Hydrologiques, alors bilingue, de l’AISH, et du Glossaire International d’Hydrologie multilingue de UNESCO-OMM, dont il a étendu la couverture linguistique et l’accessibilité en ligne : http://hydrologie.org/glu/aglo.htm. Il a, de plus, été pionnier dans l’utilisation d’internet pour l’archivage ouvert de publications et la mise en réseau de scientifiques, en particulier avec l’établissement et la gestion du portail francopone http://hydrologie.org.

Pierre s’est engagé tôt dans l’AISH—Association Internationale des Sciences Hydrologiques—reconnaissant dans l’Association un réseau Mondial unique dont la vocation correspondait à ses valeurs, et au sein de laquelle il pouvait élargir ses propres actions pour l’articulation des sciences et des acteurs hydrologiques. Il a servi comme Président des comités Français pour l’AISH et l’UIGG—Union Internationale de Géodésie et Géophysique—, de 1990 à 2000. Après avoir joué plusieurs rôles dans les commissions et au service des publications de l’AISH, il a été Secrétaire Général de l’AISH de 2000 à 2011, initialement nommé lorsque la fonction est devenue vacante, puis élu à deux reprises. Il était particulièrement investi et efficace dans le fonctionnement de l’Association, l’émergence de la digitalisation, la sauvegarde numérique et l’archivage ouvert des collections de publications, la formulation de la décennie PUB – Prévision dans les Bassins Non-jaugés, et les partenariats avec les Agences de l’ONU (en particulier l’UNESCO-PHI et l’OMM-CHy). Il a également accompagné l’émergence de l’IACS pour les sciences de la cryosphère, et a facilité des interfaces avec des associations soeurs et des contributions à des initiatives transversales de l’UIGG. De 2011 à 2019, il a prolongé son investissement associatif en étant membre du bureau de l’UIGG, non seulement représentant les sciences hydrologiques, mais aussi contribuant à la stratégie de l’Union, depuis l’articulation des Sciences du Système Terre jusqu’à la célébration du 100ème anniversaire.   

Pierre Hubert a reçu la Médaille Volker du Prix International d’Hydrologie AISH–UNESCO–OMM en 2015 en reconnaissance de son excellence scientifique et de son engagement pour la communauté. Pour des raisons similaires, il a été élevé au grade de Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur en France. Les nombreux messages échangés au cours des dernières semaines via différents réseaux confirment cette double réputation, et alignent en outre de multiples témoignages et anectotes, qui illustrent la façon dont Pierre a sans cesse imbriqué les aventures scientifiques et humaines.


Prof. Christophe Cudennec, Institut Agro, France & Secrétaire Général de l’AISH

Applications invited for IAHS Sivapalan Young Scientists Travel Awards

Applications are invited for the IAHS SYSTA (SIVAPALAN YOUNG SCIENTISTS TRAVEL AWARDS) towards the costs of participating at the following IAHS-badged conferences in 2021 and 2022:

STAHY 2021 – virtual event (registration only) – 16-17 September 2021

4th International Conference of the Great Rivers of Africa – Cotonou, Benin – 16-20 November 2021

IAHS 2022 Scientific Assembly - Montpellier, France – 29 May - 3 June 2022

Full details of the SYSTA eligibility criteria and application procedure are at: https://iahs.info/About-IAHS/SYSTA.do  

The three key criteria are that applicants should be from, and currently reside in, a financially disadvantaged country, be within 5 years of their PhD award and be first author of a paper in Hydrological Sciences Journal (HSJ) or Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (PIAHS) or in another listed hydrological journal.  Those who have previously received a SYSTA award for intercontinental travel are not eligible to apply. The maximum award value is 2500 euros.

The closing date for SYSTA applications for upcoming 2021 IAHS meetings is 12 noon (CET) on 18 June 2021.

Applications are welcomed for SYSTA awards for the IAHS 2022 Scientific Assembly and the deadline will be announced later in the year.

Any 2021 awards made under the SYSTA scheme will be transferred to the IAHS 2022 Scientific Assembly if it is not possible to use the awards in 2021 due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

2021 International Hydrology Prize medallists

IAHS are pleased to announce the award of the International Hydrology Prize (Dooge medal and Volker medal) for 2021 to:

Dooge medal - Taikan Oki, Japan

Volker medal - Harry F. Lins, USA 

Nominations for the annual Prize are made by National Committees to IAHS, National Committees to the UNESCO-IHP or National Hydrological Advisors to the WMO, and forwarded to the Secretary General of IAHS for consideration by the Nomination Committee. The Committee consists of the President and a Vice-President of IAHS and representatives of UNESCO and WMO.

As of 2014, two medals are awarded under the International Hydrology Prize: the Dooge medal and the Volker medal. Both medals are intended to distinguish outstanding achievements by hydrological scientists but with a different focus. The Dooge medal is aimed at fundamental contributions to the science of hydrology, whereas the Volker medal is aimed at outstanding applications of hydrological science for the benefit of society at large.

https://iahs.info/About-IAHS/Competition--Events/International-Hydrology-Prize.do   

Our warmest congratulations go to both recipients.

Hydrological Sciences Journal 2020 Awards

Hydrological Sciences Journal (HSJ) is the official Journal of the IAHS and provides a forum for original papers and for the exchange of information and views on significant developments in hydrology worldwide. It is published by Taylor & Francis and is available online and in print format. 

We recognise the time and effort provided by our editors and manuscript reviewers in supporting authors to produce better papers, and it is with this in mind that we recently announced new awards:

1.     The Hydrological Sciences Journal Associate Editor Award is granted for outstanding overall contribution to the journal’s impact and visibility, and excellence in supporting authors and editors through the peer review process. The award (a significant cash prize) is granted annually by IAHS, with the support of Taylor & Francis, to one Associate Editor identified by the HSJ Editors. In 2020 it was awarded to Konstantinos Soulis (Greece).

2.     The Hydrological Sciences Journal Reviewer Award is granted for outstanding contribution to the journal, and excellence in supporting authors and editors with timely and relevant reviews. The award (comprising a cash prize and book tokens) is granted annually by IAHS, with the support of Taylor & Francis, to reviewers identified by the HSJ Editors. In 2020 awards were granted to Ozgur Kisi (Turkey) and Andrzej Walega (Poland).

Our congratulations go to all of our awardees.

Launch of the United Nations World Water Development Report 2021 on Valuing Water

Today, the United Nations World Water Development Report 2021 on Valuing Water, the UN-Water flagship Report on water issues, was published by UNESCO and coordinated by the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme.

The Report assesses the current status of and challenges to the valuation of water across differing sectors and perspectives and identifies ways in which valuation can be promoted as a tool to help achieve sustainability.

IAHS contributed to chapter 5 (Food and agriculture) and chapter 11 (Knowledge, research and capacity development as enabling conditions).


The Report is available for free download, in English, French and Italian.

The Executive Summary is available in 11 languages.

The Audiobook of the Executive Summary is available in 4 languages.

2020 IAHS Tison winners announced

IAHS are pleased to announce that the 2020 Tison award goes to Eleni Maria Michailidi (Greece) and Sylvia Antoniadi (Greece) for their work on the 2018 Hydrological Sciences Journal paper:

Eleni Maria Michailidi, Sylvia Antoniadi, Antonis Koukouvinos, Baldassare Bacchi & Andreas Efstratiadis (2018) Timing the time of concentration: shedding light on a paradox, Hydrological Sciences Journal, 63:5, 721-740, DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2018.1450985

The paper was co-authored by Antonis Koukouvinos (Greece), Baldassare Bacchi (Italy) & Andreas Efstratiadis (Greece) who are not eligible for the Tison Award, age-wise.

This award is prestigious with a 1000 US$ prize and a 1 year subscription to HSJ sponsored by Taylor & Francis the publisher of Hydrological Sciences Journal.

The paper is free to access at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02626667.2018.1450985 

The IAHS Tison Award, established in 1982, aims to promote excellence in research by young hydrologists. The Award is granted for an outstanding paper published by IAHS in a period of two years previous to the deadline for nominations. The description of the award is available at https://iahs.info/About-IAHS/Competition--Events/Tison-Award.do 

Frances Watkins, Editorial Manager of HSJ, retires

After 27 years dedicated contribution to IAHS and its official journal, Hydrological Sciences Journal (HSJ), Frances Watkins retires on 26 February 2021.

Pictured left to right - Sara Rafferty (HSJ Editorial Assistant), Günter Blöschl (President IAHS), Christophe Cudennec (Secretary General IAHS), Attilio Castellarin (Editor-in-Chief HSJ), Frances Watkins (HSJ Editorial Manager), Helen Houghton-Carr (Company Secretary IAHS), Kate Heal (Treasurer IAHS), Claire Lupton (Executive Secretary IAHS) and Eilise Norris (Managing Editor Agriculture, Environment and Water for Taylor & Francis) in 2019.

There have been many changes in IAHS, HSJ and publishing over the past 27 years, but one constant – in addition to Frances - has been the location of the IAHS Office in Wallingford, UK, formerly the Institute of Hydrology (now the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology), where Frances joined Penny Kisby and Jill Gash in November 1993. Frances’ first project was HSJ volume 39 (1994), which included 6 issues and about 700 pages. In those days papers arrived as hard copies by post, and were typed-up and edited in WordPerfect 5.1. To indicate the scale of changes since, the latest HSJ volume 65 (2020), contained 16 issues and 2826 pages, all handled electronically. The number of Associate Editors has increased from 30 to 60 and there are now three HSJ Co-Editors – Attilio Castellarin, Stacey Archfield and Aldo Fiori – building upon the advances of previous Editors - Terence O’Donnell, Zbigniew (Zbyszek) W. Kundzewicz, Demetris Koutsoyiannis, Mike Acreman and Ross Woods. To support the growth of HSJ, Sara Rafferty joined the IAHS Office as Editorial Assistant in 2017, focussing on the processing of papers and communications with Associate Editors and reviewers under the management of Frances. 

Frances manning the IAHS booth at the IUGG General Assembly in Prague in 2015.

The continued growth and success of HSJ over the past 27 years, whilst maintaining high scientific and linguistic standards, would not have been possible without Frances. Frances is renowned for her English language skills, high quality of work and attention to detail. She has used these to support the publication of papers from hydrologists all around the world, especially early career scientists, thus helping IAHS to fulfil its charitable mandate. As well as her HSJ duties, Frances worked on the production and copy editing of many IAHS Red Books. Frances has also developed excellent relations with Taylor & Francis, publishers of HSJ since 2010, who provide valuable expertise and promotion of HSJ, and now do most of the copy editing. Through all these activities, Frances supported Cate Gardner, who followed Penny Kisby as Manager of IAHS Press, until Cate’s retirement in 2015. 

Following the reorganisation of the IAHS Office under Cate’s leadership and the appointment of Claire Lupton as IAHS Executive Secretary in 2015, Frances has helped Claire maintain the friendly and efficient reputation of all IAHS operations. Many will recall Frances not just from her beautifully written emails, but from meeting her in person at the IAHS stand at Scientific and General Assemblies, or at HSJ editorial retreats. 

As with her careful work for HSJ, Frances’ retirement has been well-planned and organised. Frances gave advance notice of her intentions, enabling IAHS to appoint Lottie Rundall as HSJ Editorial and Production Coordinator in January 2020. This has allowed a 1-year handover to tap Frances’ encyclopaedic knowledge of HSJ before Lottie took over the HSJ Editorial Manager role.

Frances’ inputs to HSJ and IAHS have been outstanding over the past 27 years. She has overseen the publication of over two-thirds of HSJ pages ever published and tirelessly mentored HSJ Authors, Associate Editors, and Editors. Frances has achieved all this with her characteristic warmth and empathy, making the HSJ Editorial Team feel like a welcoming family. All the IAHS staff, HSJ Editors and Associate Editors, IAHS Officers past and present, and HSJ Authors send their best wishes to you, Frances, as you embark on a well-deserved retirement.

Kate Heal
Chair IAHS Ltd.

Appreciation shown to Frances at the annual board meeting of IAHS Ltd in 2021.

IAHS related sessions at the upcoming virtual EGU General Assembly (19-30 April 2021)

We would like to draw your attention to two IAHS related sessions in the Hydrological Sciences (HS) programme at the upcoming virtual EGU General Assembly (19-30 April 2021) related to the Unsolved Problems in Hydrology (UPH) initiative and the Panta Rhei decade.

HS1.2.3 Pathways towards solving the Unsolved Problems in Hydrology (UPH) 

https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU21/session/39751 

The IAHS in collaboration with the Hydrology Divisions of EGU and AGU as well as the IAH, launched in 2017 a public consultation process for compiling a list of unsolved scientific problems in hydrology which resulted, in 2019, in a set of 23 Unsolved Problems in Hydrology (UPH) (see https://doi.org/10.1080/02626667.2019.1620507).

The UPH are articulated around 7 themes: Time variability and change, Space variability and scaling, Variability of extremes, Interfaces in hydrology, Measurements and data, Modelling methods, and Interfaces with society. Some of the UPH may have already been partially studied. Recent research may shed light on how to move forward in a more holistic way. A crucial issue is to put together fragmented knowledge to address the questions raised and enhance coherence in hydrological sciences.

The purpose of this session is to discuss progress in any of the 23 UPH. Contributions are encouraged to either:
- present research results that advance the understanding of any of the 23 UPH,
- review (or present a contribution to review) the state of the art of one (or more) of the UPH, pointing towards directions where progress is most promising.

Authors are asked to clearly state the UPH their work refers to or could contribute to solve. The authors may also reflect on how the community could evaluate if an UPH can be considered solved or not.

HS1.2.4 Panta Rhei: hydrology, society & environmental change

https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU21/session/39110

This session is organized as part of the IAHS Panta Rhei hydrological decade 2013- 2022 focusing on gains in our understanding of water cycle processes by focusing on their changing dynamics in respect of interactions and feedbacks with human systems. Approaching the end of this Panta Rhei decade (2013-2022), it is time to synthesize the achievements of this decade. The main focus of this grand synthesis, which will be published in an IAHS book, is on coevolution and prediction of coupled human-water systems, including understanding of emergent phenomena, mechanisms, and implications for predictions and practices.

This session welcomes contributions that contribute to and critically reflect the following synthesis topics:
1) Theoretical/conceptual framework for understanding changes in hydrology and society;
2) Coevolution and emergent phenomena;
3) dynamic models;
4) Data needs and acquisition;
5) Benchmark datasets in various context and scales, including human-flood, human-drought, agricultural, transboundary and global systems;
6) Case studies from Panta Rhei working groups, IAHS Commissions and beyond.

Please note that the deadline is 20th January 2021 at 13:00 Central Europe Time.

HSJ volume 66 subscriptions now due

HYDROLOGICAL SCIENCES JOURNAL 


Editor in Chief: Attilio Castellarin
Co-Editors: Stacey Archfield & Aldo Fiori


Hydrological Sciences Journal provides a forum for original papers and discussion of significant developments in hydrological science and practice, and related disciplines.

The Impact Factor of HSJ is 2.186 with a 5-Year Impact Factor of 2.564 (©2020 Clarivate Analytics, 2019 Journal Citation Reports®).

Institutions and libraries should order direct from Taylor & Francis: www.tandf.co.uk/journals/thsj, or their usual agent.

Special journal subscription rates are available to IAHS Members: £27.00 for a personal online subscription, and £48.00 for a personal online + print subscription.  IAHS Members should order by contacting info@iahs.co.uk 

Access to the back archive is free - explore 63 volumes of cutting-edge research and discovery.

IAHS members from the following countries are eligible for 80% discount on book prices, subject to the minimum price restriction, and free online access to HSJ via the IAHS website:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Republic of, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

List of eligible countries with GDP per capita smaller than the median of all countries of the world (UN data, 2016)

N.B.This list is subject to revision.

International Hydrology Prize – Call for nominations

The International Hydrology Prize is awarded annually by IAHS, with UNESCO and WMO, to two people who have made an outstanding contribution to hydrological science. More information, including the list of previous awards, is available at
https://iahs.info/About-IAHS/Competition--Events/International-Hydrology-Prize.do

Nominations for the Prize are made by National Committees to IAHS, National Committees to the UNESCO-IHP or National Hydrological Advisors to the WMO, and forwarded to the Secretary General of IAHS for consideration by the Nomination Committee. The Committee consists of the President and a Vice-President of IAHS, as well as representatives from UNESCO and WMO.

Two medals are awarded under the International Hydrology Prize: the Dooge medal and the Volker medal. Both medals are intended to distinguish outstanding achievements by hydrological scientists but with a different focus. The Dooge medal is aimed at fundamental contributions to the science of hydrology, whereas the Volker medal is aimed at outstanding applications of hydrological science for the benefit of society at large. 

The following applies to both the Dooge and Volker medals:

  • The International Hydrology Prize shall be awarded to persons who have made outstanding contributions to hydrology such as confers on the candidate universal recognition of his or her international stature.
  • The contribution should have an identifiable international dimension extending beyond both the country of normal work and the specific field of interest of the candidate.
  • The medals may be awarded to hydrologists of long international standing or to younger but active hydrologists who exhibit qualities of international leadership in the science or practice of hydrology.
  • An active involvement in the work of IAHS and other international organisations in the field of hydrology should be counted as an advantage.

Specific considerations for the Dooge medal:

  • The Dooge medal is particularly intended for hydrologists who have demonstrated scientific excellence, and have made fundamental contributions to the science of hydrology as evidenced by publications in the international scientific literature and other evidence of high standard.
  • Preference should be given to candidates who have recently exhibited outstanding international leadership in the science of hydrology.
 
Specific considerations for the Volker medal:

  • The Volker medal is dedicated for hydrologists who have applied their research and hydrological expertise to the benefit of society, addressing issues of public interest and development.
  • Applications of hydrology to the benefit of developing countries would count as an advantage.
  • Preference should be given to candidates who have contributed through both scientific and practical work, and who have made outstanding contributions to the Hydrology community as demonstrated by active involvement in the work of IAHS or other international hydrological associations.

 
Nomination format and procedure

Nominations should be received by the Secretary General of IAHS no later than 31 December 2020 – Christophe Cudennec at cudennec@agrocampus-ouest.fr – and consist of:

  • a (max. 2, pages A4 format) nomination letter signed by a National Representative to IAHS, the President of a national committee of UNESCO-IHP, or a National Hydrological Advisor to the WMO, with one sentence citation (max. 200 characters), and stating why the nominee is the most qualified person to receive the Volker or Dooge medal, paying attention to the medal's dedication specified above;
  • the nominee’s CV (max. 3 pages, A4 format) with an emphasis on the contribution to hydrological science and international scientific cooperation, providing clear information on the main criteria used for the evaluation and the specific considerations mentioned above.
  • a list of the major scientific publications (max. 2 pages, A4 format).

Nominations are expected from the world diversity, and equally for female and male candidates.

Evaluation criteria

a)      Outstanding contributions to hydrology evidenced by universal recognition of his or her international stature.

b)      Identifiable contributions with international dimensions extending beyond both the country of normal work and the specific field of interest of the candidate.

c)      For senior candidates prove of Hydrologists activities of long international standing, or for younger candidates, prove of being active hydrologists with qualities of international leadership in the science or practice of hydrology.

d)      Active involvement in the work of IAHS and other international organizations in the field of hydrology is counted as an advantage.

e)      Application of the hydrological research performed and the use of his/her expertise to the benefit of society and addressing issues of public interest and development.

f)       Applications of hydrology to the benefit of developing countries counts as an advantage.

Publication of first Community paper on Citizen science AND HYdrology - CANDHY

The IAHS Citizens and Hydrology (CANDHY) working group was established at the IAHS Scientific Assembly in Port Elizabeth in July 2017.

CANDHY promotes multidisciplinary and trans-sectorial research integrating hydrology, and earth science with citizen and data science. The focus is to organize, share and disseminate ideas, tools, data and scientific knowledge gathered from multidisciplinary and trans-sectorial researches developing and testing innovative procedures and tools implementing crowdsourcing collaborative platforms, communication and outreach activities, active citizenship and public participation for water resource management.

CANDHY cooperates with the IAHS Measurements and Observations in the XXI Century (MOXXI) WG in addressing Panta Rhei science questions 1 and 5 that focus respectively on the identification of key gaps in the understanding of hydrological change, and on advancing monitoring and data analysis capabilities, also through opportunistic sensing, to predict and better manage hydrological change. CANDHY and MOXXI WGs merge efforts to address the Unsolved Problems in Hydrology (UPH) initiative defining the UPHs of the “Measurement and Data” section (UPHs 16, 17, 18) as well as the questions about the “Interfaces with society” (UPHs 21, 22, 23).

The newly published community paper identifies the fundamental components, thematic areas, and specifications of citizen science projects giving them structure and direction to advance research and achieve scientific breakthroughs in hydrology. The authoring team represent several universities and ongoing citizen science projects, WMO and IWMI secretariats, as well as UNESCO chairs across the World. The Hydrological Sciences Journal paper entitled ‘Citizens AND HYdrology (CANDHY): conceptualizing a transdisciplinary framework for citizen science addressing hydrological challenges’ is available open access at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02626667.2020.1849707 




Become a CANDHY friend and/or a member of the working group via https://iahs.info/Commissions--W-Groups/Working-Groups/Candhy.do

The aims of the CANDHY WG align with the IAHS Measurements and Observations in the XXI century (MOXXI) WG. The free access community paper outlining the objectives of MOXXI can be found in the HSJ - https://doi.org/10.1080/02626667.2017.1420191 

The CANDHY WG contributed to the Unsolved Problems in Hydrology (UPH) initiative defining the UPHs of the ‘Measurement and Data’ section and the questions about the ‘Interfaces with society’. Information on the UPH initiative can be found in the HSJ open access paper - https://doi.org/10.1080/02626667.2019.1620507 

New date for the IAHS Scientific Assembly Montpellier 2022

Save the date: IAHS 2022 Scientific Assembly

Due to concerns over travel during the current pandemic the IAHS have decided to delay the next Scientific Assembly of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS 2022). We confirm that the meeting will take place in Montpellier, France from 29 May to 3 June 2022

This important biennial event will provide an opportunity to communicate, exchange and project on all major topics in the hydrological sciences within the framework of sessions organized by all IAHS Commissions and Working Groups with partners.

IAHS 2022 will have three major focuses:

·       Panta Rhei decade (2013-2022) on change in hydrology and society

·       UPH initiative, "Unsolved Problems in Hydrology"

·       the 100th anniversary year of IAHS

This event will be accompanied throughout this week by many other "water-related" events for scientists, the general public and schoolchildren. 

More information will follow soon.

Online Seminar: Pollutant and Sediment Mobility in River Systems: Monitoring Studies to Identify Human Impacts

The School for Young Scientists "Pollutant and sediment mobility in river systems: monitoring studies to identify human impacts" will be held online on November 25-27, 2020. Join the broadcast and learn about environmental and human impacts on river channels and waters quality from various continents and river systems.

The program includes lectures by leading experts from Russia, USA, Germany, Great Britain, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Brazil on the problems of sediment and water quality and geochemistry of river systems:

- Adrian Collins, President of IAHS ICCE (Rothamsted Research, Okehampton, Devon, United Kingdom)

- Caroline Clason (University of Plymouth, United Kingdom)

- Sagy Cohen (Department of Geography, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States)

- Bjoern Helm (Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany)

- Jeff Nittrouer (Department Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Rice University, Houston, United States)

- Nikolay Kasimov (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia)

- Edgardo Latrubesse (Federal University of Goiás-Brazil, Brazil)

- Martina Flörke (Institute of Engineering Hydrology and Water Resources Management, Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, Germany)

- Matthias Vanmaercke (Liège University, Belgium)

- Salomon Kroonenberg (Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands)

- Daniel Karthe (German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology, Germany)

The working language of the School is English.

Participation is free of charge based upon registration by November 24, 2020 via the website https://megapolis2020.ru/. A link to the broadcast (zoom and youtube interface) will be sent to registered participants.

The School for Young Scientists dedicated to the study of river systems is held by the Faculty of Geography of Moscow State University with the financial support of the Russian Science Foundation (grant No. 19-77-30004). Co-organizers - Russian Geographical Society, International Commission on Continental Erosion of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (ICCE - IAHS).

International Hydrology Prize – Call for nominations before 31st December 2020

The International Hydrology Prize is awarded annually by IAHS, with UNESCO and WMO, to two people who have made an outstanding contribution to hydrological science. More information, including previous awards, is available at


Nominations for the Prize are made by National Committees to IAHS, National Committees to the UNESCO-IHP or National Hydrological Advisors to the WMO, and forwarded to the Secretary General of IAHS for consideration by the Nomination Committee. The Committee consists of the President and a Vice-President of IAHS, as well as representatives from UNESCO and WMO.

Two medals are awarded under the International Hydrology Prize: the Dooge medal and the Volker medal. Both medals are intended to distinguish outstanding achievements by hydrological scientists but with a different focus. The Dooge medal is aimed at fundamental contributions to the science of hydrology, whereas the Volker medal is aimed at outstanding applications of hydrological science for the benefit of society at large. 

The following applies to both the Dooge and Volker medals:

  • The International Hydrology Prize shall be awarded to persons who have made outstanding contributions to hydrology such as confers on the candidate universal recognition of his or her international stature.
  • The contribution should have an identifiable international dimension extending beyond both the country of normal work and the specific field of interest of the candidate.
  • The medals may be awarded to hydrologists of long international standing or to younger but active hydrologists who exhibit qualities of international leadership in the science or practice of hydrology.
  • An active involvement in the work of IAHS and other international organisations in the field of hydrology should be counted as an advantage.

 Specific considerations for the Dooge medal:

  • The Dooge medal is particularly intended for hydrologists who have demonstrated scientific excellence, and have made fundamental contributions to the science of hydrology as evidenced by publications in the international scientific literature and other evidence of high standard.
  • Preference should be given to candidates who have recently exhibited outstanding international leadership in the science of hydrology.
 
Specific considerations for the Volker medal:

  • The Volker medal is dedicated for hydrologists who have applied their research and hydrological expertise to the benefit of society, addressing issues of public interest and development.
  • Applications of hydrology to the benefit of developing countries would count as an advantage.
  • Preference should be given to candidates who have contributed through both scientific and practical work, and who have made outstanding contributions to the Hydrology community as demonstrated by active involvement in the work of IAHS or other international hydrological associations.
 
Nomination format and procedure

Nominations should be received by the Secretary General of IAHS no later than 31 December 2020 – Christophe Cudennec at cudennec@agrocampus-ouest.fr – and consist of:

  • a (max. 2, pages A4 format) nomination letter signed by a National Representative to IAHS, the President of a national committee of UNESCO-IHP, or a National Hydrological Advisor to the WMO, with one sentence citation (max. 200 characters), and stating why the nominee is the most qualified person to receive the Volker or Dooge medal, paying attention to the medal's dedication specified above;
  • the nominee’s CV (max. 3 pages, A4 format) with an emphasis on the contribution to hydrological science and international scientific cooperation, providing clear information on the main criteria used for the evaluation and the specific considerations mentioned above.
  • a list of the major scientific publications (max. 2 pages, A4 format).

Nominations are expected from the world diversity, and equally for female and male candidates.

Evaluation criteria

a)      Outstanding contributions to hydrology evidenced by universal recognition of his or her international stature.

b)      Identifiable contributions with international dimensions extending beyond both the country of normal work and the specific field of interest of the candidate.

c)      For senior candidates prove of Hydrologists activities of long international standing, or for younger candidates, prove of being active hydrologists with qualities of international leadership in the science or practice of hydrology.

d)      Active involvement in the work of IAHS and other international organizations in the field of hydrology is counted as an advantage.

e)      Application of the hydrological research performed and the use of his/her expertise to the benefit of society and addressing issues of public interest and development.

f)       Applications of hydrology to the benefit of developing countries counts as an advantage.

‘Hydrological processes and water security in a changing world’ from the 8th Global UNESCO FRIEND Water Conference is now available as PIAHS Volume 383

The papers from the 8th Global UNESCO FRIEND Water Conference ‘Hydrological Processes and Water Security in a Changing World’ are now available open access as PIAHS Volume 383.

https://piahs.copernicus.org/articles/383/index.html 

The 8th Global FRIEND conference was co-organized by UNESCO and Government of China, with the focus on the theme of hydrological processes and water security in a changing world, under which eight thematic topics were discussed during the conference:

(1) hydrological observations under the changing environment and scarcity;

(2) river regimes and hydrological extremes under the changing environment;

(3) simulation and prediction of surface water and groundwater processes under the impact of human activities;

(4) urban hydrology and sponge city;

(5) multi-objective water resources allocation and operation;

(6) integrated watershed management including eco-hydrology and socio-hydrology;

(7) water quality and sediment transport; and

 (8) river health and ecological baseflow under changing environment.

The conference explored how society, water systems and the environment interact under changing conditions. It highlighted the advance in hydrological science and innovation in water management, as well as the solutions to improve this relationship, particularly in view of contributing to the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. For the first time the two IHP programs FRIEND and Ecohydrology jointly organized a side event about the importance to bring ecological solutions to hydrological problems.

Save the date reminder: IAHS 2021 Scientific Assembly

The next Scientific Assembly of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS 2021) will take place in Montpellier, France from 28 June to 2 July 2021. 

This important biennial event will provide an opportunity to communicate, exchange and project on all major topics in the hydrological sciences within the framework of sessions organized by all IAHS Commissions and Working Groups.

IAHS 2021 will have three major focuses:

·       Panta Rhei initiative (2013-2022) on change in hydrology and society

·       UPH initiative, "Unsolved Problems in Hydrology"

·       Launch of the 100th anniversary year of IAHS

This event will be accompanied throughout this week by many other "water-related" events for scientists, the general public and schoolchildren. 

WMO HydroHub Second Innovation Call

The World Meteorological Organization is seeking proposals for projects that will advance the use of innovative measurement approaches and technologies in operational hydrometry. 

IAHS is a strong partner of the WMO HydroHub initiative.

Website: https://hydrohub.wmo.int/en/news-events/wmo-hydrohub-second-innovation-call 

Save the date: IAHS 2021 Scientific Assembly

The next Scientific Assembly of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS 2021) will take place in Montpellier, France from 28 June to 2 July 2021. 

This important biennial event will provide an opportunity to communicate, exchange and project on all major topics in the hydrological sciences within the framework of sessions organized by all IAHS Commissions and Working Groups.

IAHS 2021 will have three major focuses:

·       Panta Rhei initiative (2013-2022) on change in hydrology and society

·       UPH initiative, "Unsolved Problems in Hydrology"

·       Launch of the 100th anniversary year of IAHS

This event will be accompanied throughout this week by many other "water-related" events for scientists, the general public and schoolchildren. 

More information will follow soon.

Intergovernmental cooperation for hydrometry – what, why and how?

IAHS wish to highlight a new paper in the HSJ Special Issue on Hydrological data: opportunities and barriers which will be of interest to the members active in hydrometry across the world. The open access paper details the WMO mechanisms on hydrometry and illustrates the strong inputs IAHS provides as a partner to WMO activities in the field of hydrology.

Intergovernmental cooperation for hydrometry – what, why and how?

Harry Dixon, Sophia Sandström, Christophe Cudennec, Harry F. Lins, Tommaso Abrate, Dominique Bérod, Igor Chernov, Nirina Ravalitera, Daniel Sighomnou & Florian Teichert

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02626667.2020.1764569 


Two thirds of hydrological observation networks in developing countries are reported to be in poor or declining condition. At the same time innovation in sensor technologies and data processing are presenting opportunities for enhancing observation networks that are not being realized. The WMO HydroHub was launched in 2016 to transform assistance to operational water monitoring agencies around the world. If successful, the initiative will increase the amount of hydrometric data available to researchers, catchment managers and water policy makers. To those unfamiliar with UN organizations, however, the nature of such initiatives, the reasoning behind the decisions taken to establish them and the mechanisms by which they try to deliver benefits for society, can be opaque. This paper adopts a novel dialogue-style format to explore the set-up of the WMO HydroHub and build awareness amongst those who ultimately may benefit from its approaches.

This paper is just one example of the firm partnership between the IAHS and the Commission of Hydrology of WMO for over 50 years which ensures a link with the latest developments in the hydrological sciences. Together with UNESCO, IAHS and WMO award the annual International Hydrology Prize medals to two people who have made an outstanding contribution to hydrological science.

‘TISOLS: the Tenth International Symposium On Land Subsidence – living with subsidence’ PIAHS Volume 382 is now available

The papers from the Tenth International Symposium on Land Subsidence due to be held in Delft, the Netherlands in April 2020 are now available open access as PIAHS Volume 382.

Facilitating scientists in exchanging ideas and sharing research results and inspiring stories has always been the aim of the International Symposia on Land Subsidence. Organized by a local organizing committee under the auspices of the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the UNESCO Land Subsidence International Initiative, already nine successful symposia have been held since the first in Tokyo (Japan) in 1969. Contributions to each International Symposium were published as full papers by the IAHS, thereby creating an impressive collection of papers on land subsidence, freely available and accessible.

Scientists play an important role in providing the data, information, knowledge and tools to allow for well-founded decision making. TISOLS will bring together international experts from around the world to share the latest research and insights on natural and anthropogenically induced land-level lowering. A platform is provided to share our understanding of land subsidence, reliable data, and innovative techniques. Only an integrated effort will facilitate targeted strategies and solutions for long-term sustainable living conditions in subsiding areas. TISOLS takes on the challenge of linking geodetical, hydrological, geotechnical and geological knowledge to policy and socially acceptable solutions. To foster the link between the natural and social sciences and between science and society, five thematic sessions were created: (i) measuring and monitoring land subsidence, (ii) understanding land subsidence, (iii) modelling of land subsidence, (iv) impacts of land subsidence, (v) land subsidence coping strategies. The same themes have been used as chapters in the present PIAHS.

In the winter of 2020, the world has witnessed the pandemic outbreak of COVID-19 or the coronavirus. Quickly it became clear that international travelling was considerably restricted and in the following weeks, large-scale meetings were completely banned. TISOLS 2020, to be held from 20–24 April 2020, had to be postponed to 2021. The new date for TISOLS is 17–21 May 2021, hoping that by then the situation has improved enough to be able to organize a great meeting.

While TISOLS was postponed just weeks before the original date, the Proceedings had almost been finished. It was decided to pursue the publication as planned to share the exciting research results and to do justice to all the work performed. The Proceedings contain a record of 136 papers of high quality from all over the world. The contribution to all five themes, including the themes focusing more on social sciences, is large. They are all essential to deal with land subsidence and we are grateful that we managed to link them here. We hope that this volume of papers will furnish inspiration for land subsidence research and policy formulation around the world, and we look forward to sharing the presented research results of these Proceedings in 2021!

2020 International Hydrology Prize medals

IAHS are pleased to announce the recipients of the International Hydrology Prize (Dooge medal and Volker medal) for 2020.

The 2020 recipients of the IAHS-UNESCO-WMO International Hydrology Prize are:

Dooge medal - Hubert Savenije at the Technical University Delft, The Netherlands
Volker medal - Bruno Merz at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, Germany


Nominations for the annual Prize are made by National Committees to IAHS, National Committees to the UNESCO-IHP or National Hydrological Advisors to the WMO, and forwarded to the Secretary General of IAHS for consideration by the Nomination Committee. The Committee consists of the President and a Vice-President of IAHS and representatives of UNESCO and WMO.

As of 2014, two medals are awarded under the International Hydrology Prize: the Dooge medal and the Volker medal. Both medals are intended to distinguish outstanding achievements by hydrological scientists but with a different focus. The Dooge medal is aimed at fundamental contributions to the science of hydrology, whereas the Volker medal is aimed at outstanding applications of hydrological science for the benefit of society at large.

https://iahs.info/About-IAHS/Competition--Events/International-Hydrology-Prize.do   

Our warmest congratulations go to both recipients.

2020 SYSTA Awardees

The IAHS Sivapalan Young Scientists Travel Awards (SYSTA) initiative was launched in 2018. The aims of SYSTA are to: (1) strengthen attendance of IAHS Meetings from financially disadvantaged countries (FDCs) to address the currently low attendance; and (2) foster high quality science among a new generation of hydrologists.

In early 2020, IAHS were pleased to award nine SYSTA awards up to the maximum award value of €2,000 for attendance at IAHS Commission meetings in 2020. If meetings are postponed or cancelled due to the global pandemic then the awards will be transferred to attendance at the IAHS Scientific Assembly in Montpellier or an IAHS Commission meeting.

The following awards were confirmed for 2020:

9th International Water Resources Management Conference of ICWRS in Cairns, Australia in July 2020.

Mohammad Merheb Lebanon
Charles Onyutha Uganda



STAHY 2020 in Valencia, Spain in September 2020.

Akinwale Temitope Ogunrinde Nigeria
Mostafa Moradi Dashtpagerdi Iran
Ahmed Mohammed Sami Al-Janabi Iraq
Adarsh Sankaran India


Hydrology of the Major African Basins in Cotonou, Benin in November 2020.

Yao Affoué Berthe Côte d’Ivoire
Ouedraogo Issoufou Burkina Faso
Pilabina Somiyabalo Togo


Our warmest congratulations go to all our awardees.

‘Cryosphere and Hydrology’ at Cryosphere 2020


IAHS is co-organizing a session at Cryosphere 2020: International Symposium On Ice, Snow And Water In A Warming World in September 21-24 2020 in Reykjavík, Iceland (https://www.cryosphere2020.is/).

As a result of global atmospheric and ocean warming, all components of Earth’s cryosphere are now changing at a dramatic pace. This symposium will bring together scientists and policy makers for a discussion on the latest results from studies of the entire cryosphere, which plays an important role in the hydrological cycle and the Earth System and is one of the most useful indicators of climate change. The symposium will allow ample time for panel discussions on scientific results, new technologies, research gaps and future perspectives in the light of the Paris Agreement that calls for limiting global warming to 1.5–2°C.

IAHS is inviting presentations and papers for the ‘Snow and ice as a water resource’ session (https://www.cryosphere2020.is/sessions/snow-cover-change-current-capabilities-future-needs) concerning the importance of snow and ice melt as a water resource for mountain region populations and for hydropower utilization; runoff changes due to atmospheric warming and monitoring of changes in lake and river ice. We are soliciting presentations on new and emerging methods and technologies related to observations and research; satellite monitoring, snow trackers and derived products; data integration, data archiving and exchange; studies of the socio-economic impacts of changing snow conditions on runoff and water supply, especially for mountain regions and for improved hydrological forecasting in cold regions; education, capacity building and international cooperation

Abstracts should be submitted through the IGS website (https://www.igsoc. org/abstracts/85a/). A link to the abstract submission page can be found on the conference website (https://www.cryosphere2020.is/). Deadline for submitting abstracts is nominally 15 April 2020, but please check the website for updates and contingency plans for COVID-19.

Registration is now open.

For updates on the symposium contact: cryosphere2020@vedur.is 

Info: Second Circular (PDF)

2020 Summer Schools continued

Dear IAHS members

Please find below announcements of two further Summer Schools which may be of interest to you:

PUB 2020 Summer School, Runoff Predictions in Ungauged Basins (PUB), 6th-10th July 2020, TU Wien (Austria). The purpose of the Summer School is to learn methods for estimating runoff characteristics in the absence of local runoff observations.

https://www.waterresources.at/index.php?id=5&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=42&cHash=5706733b75eca76e5e74b55392b09193 

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The 11th Annual Catchment Science Summer School will run 30th Aug - 4th September 2020 at the University of Birmingham (UK). The course is designed for PhD students and Post Docs in catchment science. The course is taught by Jeff McDonnell, Chris Soulsby, Jan Seibert, Ilja van Meerveld, David Hannah, Stefan Krause and many others. It is co-sponsored by the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Aberdeen, University of Zurich and Humboldt University. Course details can be found at: https://water.usask.ca/hillslope/teaching/catchment-science-summer-school.php .

Students are responsible for their own accommodation - there are inexpensive hotels and bed and breakfast options near the university, as well as Halls of Residence that can be contacted directly. The registration is £499 GBP and can be booked at: https://shop.bham.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/college-of-life-environmental-sciences/school-of-geography-earth-environmental-sciences/pgr-catchment-science-summer-school-2020 .

Enrolment is limited to 25 and is on a first come, first served basis.
Jeffrey McDonnell, FRSC


Please forward to potentially interested people.

Best wishes

Günter Blöschl
IAHS President

2020 Summer Schools

The following summer schools will take place this summer and may be of interest to IAHS members. For more information please contact the organisers directly.

SUMMER SCHOOL: EXTREMES IN WATER SCIENCE

July 12th-17th 2020 at Villa Colombella (Perugia, Italy) 

http://warredoc.unistrapg.it/en/events/2020-summer-school/

Lecturers

·  Richard Vogel

·  Simon Michael Papalexiou

·  Ilaria Prosdocimi

Background and Goals
The Summer School will focus on advances in statistical theory and applications dealing with extremes in Earth System Sciences, and in Water Science in particular. The aim is to bring PhD students, post-docs, and young scientists from different disciplines together with leading scientists in the fields of statistics of extremes, hydrology, and Earth System Science in general. Towards this aim, the School will be composed of traditional lectures on advanced topics and of group research work lead by the lecturers on topics at the boundary of the state-of-the-art.

Scientific Committee
Roberto Deidda, Salvatore Grimaldi, Marco Marani, Elena Volpi  


Hydro-JULES Summer School

Modelling hydrology and global change

July 13-17th 2020 at UKCEH Wallingford in Oxfordshire

Course is open to everyone (UK/non-UK; student or professional) 

Open for applications until 30th April

The UK Hydro-JULES programme will host up to 15 students for a 5-day Summer School in 2020. The intention is to train undergraduate, post-graduate, early-career and other international junior scientists from the fields of water and the environment, land surface science, water resources, ecology, hydrometeorology, biogeochemistry and other related research areas concerned with the delivery of next-generation land-surface and hydrological predictions.

For more information and an application form please see https://hydro-jules.org/news/hydro-jules-summer-school-2020

Election of Dan Rosbjerg as Honorary President of IAHS

It is with great pleasure that IAHS announce the election of Dan Rosbjerg as Honorary President of IAHS. IAHS President Günter Blöschl provided the following address:

Dan Rosbjerg of the Technical University of Denmark, has not only made outstanding contributions to hydrology in areas such as flood estimation and groundwater modelling and management, but he has also contributed immensely to furthering the hydrological sciences through his activities within IAHS and other international organizations. He was president and vice president of the International Commission on Water Resources Systems (ICWRS) for many years. During 2007-2011 he was vice-president of IAHS. Altogether he served as an IAHS-officer for 24 years in succession which, perhaps, is a record, just as his attendance of 20 IAHS/IUGG meetings in a row. He was editor of 12 IAHS red books where he put a great effort in helping authors to upgrade their papers with respect to language and structure. Dan has also served as Danish delegate to the Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO and chaired the ad-hoc Governance Committee of IHP, through which he greatly facilitated the collaboration between IAHS and IHP. More recently he has been representing IAHS within the IUGG Commission on Climatic and Environmental Change (CCEC). He is therefore worthy of being elected as Honorary President of the IAHS. In this new role Dan Rosbjerg is once again in an excellent position to further advance the mission of IAHS.

Dan Rosbjerg accepted the position with the following response:

My first contact with IAHS was a paper in the Bulletin of the International Association of Scientific Hydrology in 1970, but it was after 1982 that my engagement with the Association really accelerated. By serving the Association and participating in numerous IAHS meetings, I also got invaluable inspiration from colleagues worldwide. Recently, it was a great privilege for me, together with John Rodda, to help the association by preparing the IAHS contribution to the IUGG centennial jubilee last year resulting in the HGSS paper on the IAHS history. The election as honorary president is much more than I could expect, and I am sincerely grateful for this additional opportunity to serve the Association.

A list of the Officers of IAHS can be found on the IAHS website.

IAHS/ICCE International Symposium 'River sediment quality and quantity: environmental, geochemical and ecological perspectives'

Dear colleagues,

We would like to announce an extension to the registration deadline for the upcoming IAHS/ICCE International Symposium 'River sediment quality and quantity: environmental, geochemical and ecological perspectives'.

The IAHS event will be held in Bydgoszcz, Poland on June 1-5, 2020 (www.icce2020.ukw.edu.pl)

Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

  • Sediment quantity – cascades, budgets, yields
  • Sediment impacts on river channel hydromorphology and managment
  • Sediment quality – geochemistry, nutrients, contaminants, emerging issues
  • Sediment-biota interactions
  • Business Day - inland waterways development in Middle-East Europe

Registration is open (click here)

Abstract submission deadline has been extended to March 1, 2020

All participant’s of ICCE 2020 will be able to submit papers to peer-reviewed scientific journals. Four of five journals are indexed on Web of Science (Core Collection) and Scopus. The papers will be reviewed according to requirements of the selected journals.
https://www.geographiapolonica.pl
http://www.aucgeographica.cz
https://ges.rgo.ru/jour
http://acta.urk.edu.pl
http://www.geography.and.tourism.ukw.edu.pl/


Contact Email: icce2020@ukw.edu.pl 

Website, Registration and Submission: www.icce2020.ukw.edu.pl 

We look forward to welcoming you in June in Bydgoszcz !

 

Abstract submission is now open for 9th International Water Resources Management Conference

The 9th International Water Resources Management conference is being held in Cairns, Australia from Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 July 2020 (http://www.iahs-icwrs.org/conference/2020/index.html). This conference is part of the series of IWRM conferences organised by IAHS-ICWRS, and is also linked to the Panta Rhei Scientific Decade (2013-2022) of the IAHS. It has two very focused streams: ICWRS: advancing water resource management across the globe; and Progress in Panta Rhei: Change in Hydrology and Society.
 
Abstracts are due by January 31st. Please submit your abstract via the link below: https://meetings.copernicus.org/iwrm2020/contribution_management/how_to_submit.html

Full papers that have been accepted and presented at the symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (PIAHS).

This event is eligible for IAHS SYSTA travel support.

Regards

Barry Croke and Yongping Wei

Upcoming IAHS sessions at EGU General Assembly 2020

The EGU General Assembly 2020 will be held in the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria, from 3–8 May 2020. 

Please be advised that the abstract submission deadline is 15 January 2020, 13:00 CET

IAHS co-convenes several sessions, including the following ones, especially in line with its agenda-setting initiatives UPH, Panta Rhei, MOXXI, CANDHY and topics of the 10 commissions.

Unsolved Problems in Hydrology Sessions

HS1.2.1 | PICO
Pathways towards solving the Unsolved Problems in Hydrology (UPH)
Co-sponsored by AGU, IAH, and IAHS
Convener: Elena Toth | Co-conveners: Berit Arheimer, Günter Blöschl, Christophe Cudennec, Maria-Helena Ramos
https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/session/35358 

Panta Rhei Sessions

HS1.2.4 | PICO
Panta Rhei: Hydrology, Society & Environmental Change
Convener: Fuqiang Tian | Co-conveners: Enrica Caporali, Giuliano Di Baldassarre, Heidi Kreibich, Tobias Krueger
https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/session/35357 

HS7.4
Hydroclimatic change and unchange: exploring the mysteries of variability, nature and human impact
Convener: Serena Ceola | Co-conveners: Christophe Cudennec, Theano Iliopoulou, Harry Lins, Alberto Montanari
https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/session/35562 

ICSH-STAHY (IAHS) Sessions

HS7.10
Spatial extremes in the hydro- and atmosphere: understanding and modelling
Convener: Manuela Irene Brunner | Co-conveners: A.B. Bardossy, Philippe Naveau, Simon Michael Papalexiou, Elena Volpi
https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/session/35560

HS7.7 | PICO
Hydroclimatic and hydrometeorologic stochastics: Extremes, scales, probabilities
Convener: Jose Luis Salinas | Co-conveners: Marco Borga, Auguste Gires, Hannes Müller-Thomy, Alberto Viglione
https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/session/35564

MOXXI session

HS1.1.1 | Posters only
The MacGyver session for innovative and/or self made tools to observe the geosphere
Convener: Rolf Hut | Co-conveners: Theresa Blume, Elisa Coraggio, Flavia Tauro, Andrew Wickert
https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/session/35359 

CandHy session

HS3.2 | PICO
Innovative sensing techniques for water monitoring, modelling, and management: Satellites, gauges and citizens
Convener: Fernando Nardi | Co-conveners: Thaine H. Assumpção, Wouter Buytaert, Serena Ceola, Maurizio Mazzoleni
https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/session/35467


Further IAHS related sessions

HS2.4.5
Long-term catchment memory
Convener: Vazken Andréassian | Co-conveners: Berit Arheimer, Alban de Lavenne, Markus Hrachowitz, Amaury Tilmant
https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/session/35639

HS5.2.1
Advances in Socio-Hydrology
Convener: Britta Höllermann | Co-conveners: Iolanda Borzì, Giuliano Di Baldassarre, Murugesu Sivapalan, Ted Veldkamp
https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/session/35484 

HS5.2.2
Socio-hydrological approach to understand conflict and cooperation dynamics in transboundary rivers
Convener: Jing Wei | Co-conveners: Mohammad Ghoreishi, Murugesu Sivapalan, Fuqiang Tian
https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/session/35485 

HS2.4.3
Space-time dynamics of floods: processes, controls, and risk
Convener: William Farmer | Co-conveners: Heidi Kreibich, Luis Mediero, Alberto Viglione, Sergiy Vorogushyn
https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/session/35540 

HS2.5.2 | PICO
Large-sample hydrology: characterising and understanding hydrological diversity
Convener: Sandra Pool | Co-conveners: Gemma Coxon, Wouter Knoben, Nicolas Vasquez, Keirnan Fowler
https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/session/35535