2013 News

2013 IAHS News

Obituary, Vincent Kotwicki (1945-2013)

We are sad to announce the untimely death of our colleague, a truly international hydrologist, Dr Vincent Kotwicki on 24 August 2013. This is shocking news as in June 2013 one of us (ZWK) had the  pleasure of hosting Vincent and his wife, Kristina, in Poland. Vincent looked healthy and happy, full of professional ideas for the present and the future.


Call for Research Themes and Working Groups of Panta Rhei


The call for Research Themes and Working Groups of Panta Rhei was published on 30 October 2013. This marks the start of the involvement of the community in Panta Rhei.

We look forward to receiving feedback through innovative ideas and availability to establish a mutual cooperation. Do not hesitate to to contact us for any clarification!

The first deadline for proposing Research Themes and Working Groups is 31 January 2014.

The Panta Rhei Chair and Target Leaders

10 November deadline - IAHS/ICCE International Symposium 2014


Conference themes:

§  Monitoring and modelling erosion on hills, floodplains, and coastal shorelines

§  Monitoring and modelling sediment transport in streams, rivers, and estuaries

§  Erosion and sediment-associated chemical transport and pollution across landscape and waterscape

§  Land use and climate change effects on erosion and sediment transport

§  Interactions between sediment hydrodynamics, channel morphodynamics, river delta, and coastal processes

 Important Dates:

 For questions or more information, please email ICCE2014NO@gmail.com  


Message from Hubert Savenije, IAHS President


This is my first message as your new President. The first thing I would like to do is express my gratitude and appreciation for everything Gordon Young has done for our association and for his personal support in preparing me for a smooth transition. I want to mention particularly Gordon's dedication to Panta Rhei and all the support he has given to Alberto Montanari to pull Panta Rhei off the ground. I hope to be a worthy successor to Gordon and hope that I can continue to rely on his help as past-President in the many complex dossiers that IAHS is involved in globally.

We had a very successful Assembly in Gothenburg with five Red Books produced and very active symposia and workshops. An important event during the meeting was the actual launch of Panta Rhei, under the leadership of Alberto Montanari. Already Panta Rhei is establishing itself as a major global agenda-setting initiative, with many activities planned in upcoming IAHS, AGU and EGU symposia and conferences. We wish Alberto and his team lots of success and we count on your active participation in this important global research initiative.

During the IAHS plenary session in Gothenburg, we celebrated the awarding of the 2013 International Hydrology Prize to Prof. Guenter Bloeschl for his pioneering work on linking patterns and processes in catchment hydrology and for his inspirational leadership in advancing Predictions in Ungauged Basins, and the presentation of the Tison Award to Frederico Lombardo and Elena Volpi for their paper on ' Rainfall downscaling in time: theoretical and empirical comparison between multifractal and Hurst-Kolmogorov discrete random cascades ' in Hydrological Sciences Journal.

This newsletter contains a range of interesting news items and I would like to highlight two of them. Firstly, I am happy to announce that from 2014 onwards we shall have two medals that we award jointly with WMO and UNESCO under the International Hydrology Prize: the Dooge and the Volker medals. The first medal is aimed to honour outstanding scientists who have made fundamental contributions to hydrological sciences, whereas the Volker medal is aimed at outstanding contributions in applied hydrology. Details on these medals are provided elsewhere, but here I want to stress that we invite nominations (to be submitted to the Secretary General by National Representatives) for both medals before 31 December. Volker and Dooge were pioneers of modern hydrology, both were Presidents of IAHS, and both won the International Hydrology Prize (in 1983 and 1984). Please have a look at International Hydrology Prize winners, where you can find short descriptions of their careers and achievements.

Secondly, it is worth mentioning that the Bureau decided to hold the next IAHS assembly in 2017 in South Africa. We gladly accepted the generous proposal by South Africa to host our symposium in Durban or Capetown (to be decided later). South Africa is a country with a very interesting hydrology and substantial water resources challenges, which I am sure we are all eager to learn more about. Also we hope that having our symposium in Africa will lead to a strong participation by scientists from the region. Personally I very much look forward to it and I count on an active participation by all of you.

Hubert Savenije

Abstract deadlines for Dooge-Nash and ICCE conferences

The Dooge-Nash International Symposium

Dublin Castle, Ireland, 24-25 April 2014

Abstract deadline - 31 October 2013.   Full details at www.dooge-nash.org 

The Dooge-Nash International Symposium, to be held at Dublin Castle, Ireland, 24-25 April 2014, will celebrate the contributions of Irish Hydrologists Jim Dooge and Eamonn Nash in establishing, internationally, the key role of hydrology in many critical global issues.

The focus will be the role of hydrology in:

- Water resouces and social justice 

- Climate change and biomes 

- Engineering disciplines 

- Uncertainty and decision making


New orleans icce conference

New Orleans, US, 11-14 December 2014

Abstract deadline - 10 November 2013.   Full details at www.rnr.lsu.edu/icce2014/default.htm

A message from Prof. Paolo Porto, Secretary of IAHS-ICCE (International Commission on Continental Erosion) http://www.icce.altervista.org/

Dear all,
just an important update about the New Orleans ICCE conference.
Due to the US Federal Government shutdown, abstract submission deadline is extended to 10 November 2013.
So, for those of you that could not meet the first deadline (October 10) there is still some time to send an abstract to the conference committee by email: ICCE2014NO@gmail.com
With my best wishes



(International Commission on Continental Erosion) http://www.icce.altervista.org/

Land-Ocean Interaction - Hydrodynamics and biochemistry

During the IAHS-IAPSO-IASPEI joint scientific assembly in Gothenburg, IAHS was the the lead organizer of four joint symposia on:

- Advanced statistical methods for hydrology, oceanography and seismology (HPS1)

- Deltas: landforms, ecosystems and human activities (HP1)

- Land-ocean interaction – Hydrodynamics and biogeochemistry (HP2)

- Implications of sea-level change for the coastal zone (HP3)

These symposia were successful in gathering various scientific communities in order to address cross-cutting methodologies and key interfaces.

The Land-Ocean Interaction – Hydrodynamics and Biochemistry symposium addressed hot topics for both oceanographers and hydrologists, through a range of naturalistic and conceptual approaches. The spectrum of cocontributions covered most of the world, allowing the drawing out of some generalities and some specifics. The land-ocean interaction sessions were completed and enriched by several communications on land-lake and lagoon interactions. 

The Land-Ocean Interaction symposium was scheduled in sequence with the one on Implications of Sea-level Change for the Coastal Zone, which formed a very complete and comprehensive Friday at the assembly. A post-published Red Book is in preparation to capitalize the added value of these two symposia. This future Red Book, together with the one already published from the “Deltas” symposium, are major outputs of the cooperation between hydrologists and oceanographers.

Christophe Cudennec, IAHS SG and lead convener HP2

Climate and land surface changes in hydrology

Symposium H01 on Climate and Land Surface Changes in Hydrology was conducted over four days at the IAHS-IAPSO-IASPEI Joint Assembly in Gothenburg, 22-26 July 2013. The programme comprised nearly 50 oral presentations and more than 50 poster presentations, and 69 peer-reviewed proceeding papers of high quality were published in an IAHS redbook (IAHS Publ. 359). The symposium addressed the complications and challenges in hydrological modelling and water management due to spatial and temporal variability resulting from climate and land use changes. Important objectives were to address the effects of past, current and future climate and land use changes on hydrological processes, including climate-hydrology feedback-processes, and to evaluate the impacts of such changes on water resources and flood and drought risks. 


IAHS Adventure in Gothenburg

First, we would like to introduce our reason for writing this article. We are PhD students from Delft University of Technology and Kyoto University and were invited to write about our scientific adventure during the IAHS conference held in Gothenburg, as newcomers to IAHS. Here we share some of our experience and IAHS adventure with you.


More hydrology papers available to download from the IAHS website

The full content of several IAHS Red Books has recently been added to the IAHS website so that all content in Publs 1 to 300 (except Publs 24, 25, 26 and 50) is now available. The PDFs of papers/book chapters can be downloaded without charge. The books recently added are: 


Awards to IAHS Groundwater Commission President

Chunmiao Zheng, President of the International Commission on Groundwater (ICGW), was named as the recipient of two prestiious awards during the summer: the O.E .Meinzer Award of the Geological Society of America, and the M. King Hubbert Award of the National Ground Water Association.

Congratulations to Chunmiao

IAHS, with UNESCO and WMO, establishes the Dooge and Volker medals under the International Hydrology Prize

As of 2014, two medals will be 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. 


How to become a successful scientist: pros and cons of research career pathways

Report from the IAHS Early Career Hydrological Scientist meeting, Gothenburg, July 2013

The IAHS Early Career Hydrological Scientist meeting organized at the IAHS-IAPSO-IASPEI Joint Assembly in Gothenburg aimed to support networking among early career hydrological scientists and to encourage the involvement of young scientists in future IAHS activities. It was a success, attended by more than 50 young scientists. 


How can models help to solve water quality problems?

How can models help to solve water quality problems was the focus of workshop HW13, which included a round-table discussion, organised at Gothenburg by ICWQ and ICSW. During the first two sessions the keynote lecture and papers presented by authors from UK, Finland, Estonia, Brazil, Sweden, South Africa, Poland and Germany provided useful, interesting information on application of water quality models for solving real water quality problems in different countries and regions, as did the poster session. The third session was devoted to the round-table discussion; two suggested questions were discussed in two groups, who then presented their responses to the whole audience.


Characterising water quantity and quality: new approaches and future directions

The Gothenburg HW03 workshop contained three keynote presentations focusing on surface water quality and groundwater techniques, and looking to the future. The first keynote by Arthur Horowitz (US Geological Survey) challenged many of the practices within monitoring dissolved and particulate water quality parameters and gave the audience plenty to think about in their past and future activities.  (If readers want to find out more, Art’s presentation is based on his review paper in Environmental Science and Technology (2013) 47, 2471-2486)). Jim Butler et al.’s keynote gave an overview of new and enhanced tools for hydrogeological characterisation, such as for rapid assessment of subsurface hydraulic properties to depths of 30 m.


Cold- and mountain region hydrological systems

Cold- and mountain region hydrological systems under climate change: towards improved projections

Gothenburg symposium H02 was organized by the International Commission for Snow and Ice Hydrology (ICSIH) together with the International Commission on the Coupled Land-Atmosphere System (ICCLAS). It addressed major issues both in modelling cold- and mountain regions hydrological processes and in adapting these models to changing climatic conditions.


Deltas: Landforms, Ecosystems and Human Activity

Gothenburg symposium HP1, focused on deltas, was very successful, comprising 7 invited keynote papers, 15 full papers and 6 poster papers. The set of papers within the published volume (IAHS Publ. 358) provides overviews on delta processes and covers almost all types of delta environments, mostly marine, but also inland deltas.


Tracer hydrology and groundwater systems

During the International Commission on Tracers workshop HW07, at Gothenburg, the presentations covered many branches of hydrology.


6th IAHS International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management DEADLINE APPROACHING

Bologna, Italy, 4-6 June 2014

The symposium is framed within the Panta Rhei IAHS Scientific Decade 2013-2022 and will focus on Evolving Water Resources Systems - Understanding, Predicting and Managing Water - Society Interactions.


Five new titles from IAHS - the Gothenburg books

The following titles resulting from the Knowledge for the Future Assembly, 22-26 July 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden are now available from the IAHS Bookshop.


A Survey on Water Safety Plans by WHO

What is the survey objective?
The primary objective of this survey, led by World Health Organization (WHO), is to achieve a better understanding of the global and regional progress of risk assessment and risk management approaches applied in drinking water supplies. In the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality, such approaches are known as Water Safety Plans (WSPs). Throughout the survey, the term WSP is used; however, the survey also seeks information on equivalent approaches that may be named differently. The survey has been designed to collect important information on WSP implementation and related benefits and challenges in order to inform and strengthen future WSP support, guidance and advocacy.


The Great Frisbee Challenge of 2013

As is now a tradition at IAHS meetings, a Frisbee game was organized at the Gothenburg Joint Assembly. Considering the book "Runoff Prediction in Ungauged Basins" had just been published and officially presented with great pomp and ceremony, some IAHS members suggested that the co-authors should also demonstrate their skills on the Frisbee field. However, there were 130 co-authors and it proved difficult to accommodate all of them on the Frisbee lawn!


International Hydrology Prize, Tison and other awards

International Hydrology Prize, Tison Award and other awards


Old and new IAHS Decades, PUB / Panta Rhei

A review of the PUB decade (2003-2012):  A decade of Predictions in Ungauged Basins (PUB)A review by Markus Hrachowitz et al.

and a summary of the Science Plan of the new decade, Panta Rhei, its targets, research questions and expected outcomes: "Panta Rhei—Everything Flows”: Change in hydrology and society—The IAHS Scientific Decade 2013–2022 by Alberto Montanari et al

are now free to view in Hydrological Sciences Journal  58(6).


Call for Abstracts - International Symposium on Erosion and Sediment Transport, December 2014

Location:       New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Dates:  11–14 December 2014 (AGU Fall Meeting 2014 immediately follows )
Abstract Deadline:  10 October 2013 


Panta Rhei event at AGU

H044: Hydrological Change and Water Systems: Feedbacks, Prediction, and Experimental Management

A featured session will be held during the next AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco (9-13 December 2013). It will be the first official event organised under the umbrella of Panta Rhei, the IAHS Scientific Decade 2013-2022


IAHS Launches its New Website

The new IAHS website has been designed to incorporate the information that was available on the original one and more,  to be user-friendly and to provide greater functionality behind the scenes allowing different administrators to have access to specific parts of the site. Bringing the enormous archive of IAHS publications and other documents that Pierre Hubert, former IAHS Secretary-General, organised at the original site across to this new one has been a major task.  

The web site is still under development but we hope that you will like this new site and readily locate all you require on it. If something is missing, or if you find a glitch, please let info@iahs.co.uk know. 

Global Data for Global Science

The new ICSU World Data System

With IUGG and IAHS both founding Members (Partner and Associate, respectively) of the recently established ICSU World Data System (ICSU-WDS), we would like to take this opportunity to introduce IAHS members to the rationale and strategies behind this new conceptual framework.   


Facets of Uncertainty - Kos October 2013

5th EGU Leonardo Workshop - Hydrofractals'13 - Statistical hydrology StaHy13

Three different events: the EGU Leonardo Conference, held every year in Europe, the IAHS Statistical Hydrology (StaHy) Workshop, held every year in different places of the world, and the Hydrofractals Conference, held every 10 years, will coincide in space and time in 2013 in Kos, Kos Island, Greece, 17-19 October 2013. Each of these events has its own dynamics but all three have been set to focus on a common idea: the uncertainty in natural processes. It is hoped that the different views within the three components of the Kos convention will shed light on the many facets of uncertainty.

Uncertainty has often been regarded as an opponent of science, whose task is to eliminate it or reduce it as much as possible. However, it has also been argued that uncertainty is intrinsic in nature, impossible to eliminate, and also a quality with positive aspects. Understanding and quantifying uncertainty could make the understanding of Nature more feasible and its modelling more realistic. Therefore, the focus of the Kos convention is not to contribute to uncertainty elimination, but rather to show how deterministic modelling approaches can be combined with uncertainty estimation to improve the quality of models and predictions.

There will also be a Round Table: The legacy of Harold Edwin Hurst in hydrological stochastics.