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Change of Officers of IAHS

The election of Officers of IAHS and its 10 Commissions occurs every four years during the IUGG General Assembly. The most recent elections were held in Montréal in 2019. The offices are held for the period 2019-2023, except for the Presidents who were elected in 2019 and whose mandate is 2021-2025. In July 2021 the Presidents became Past-Presidents and the Presidents-Elect became Presidents.

Ordinarily the transition to new president will occur during the IAHS Scientific Assembly. However, due to the Coronavirus pandemic the 2021 Scientific Assembly has been delayed until 2022 and therefore the transition was confirmed during the recent online IAHS Bureau meeting.

With immediate effect the new officers are as follows:

IAHS President Berit Arheimer Sweden
Past-President Günter Blöschl Austria
ICCE President Paolo Porto Italy
Past-President Adrian Collins UK
ICCLAS President Richard Petrone Canada
Past-President Harald Kunstmann Germany
ICGW President Felipe de Barros Brazil / USA
Past-President Aldo Fiori Italy
ICRS President Amir AghaKouchak Iran / USA
Past-President Yangbo Chen China
ICSH President Elena Volpi Italy
Past-President Ashish Sharma Australia
ICSIH President Melody Sandells UK
Past-President Tobias Jonas Switzerland
ICSW President David Hannah UK
Past-President Gil Mahé France
ICT President Zhonghe Pang China
Past-President Christine Stumpp Germany / Austria
ICWQ Co-President (2021-2023) Elango Lakshmanan India
Co-President (2023-2025) Xiaohong Chen China
Past-President Wouter Buytaert Belgium / UK
ICWRS President Barry Croke Australia
Past-President Andreas Schumann Germany
       
Panta Rhei 5th Biennium Chair Heidi Kreibich Germany
4th Biennium Chair Fuqiang Tian China


We welcome the new Presidents to their post and look forward to an exciting time at IAHS as we celebrate 100 years since the founding of the Association in Rome in 1922, and to the IAHS 2022 Scientific Assembly in Montpellier, France with a focus on the Unsolved Problems in Hydrology initiative and the end of the decade of Panta Rhei.

New Impact Factor for HSJ

On 30th June 2021, the 2020 Journal Citation Reports® were released by Clarivate Analytics. 

We are delighted to announce that, according the 2020 JCR, Hydrological Sciences Journal (https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/thsj20/current) ranks in the top quartile of Water Resources journals (24/98) with an Impact Factor of 3.787 and a five-year Impact Factor of 3.5. 


As the official journal of the IAHS, HSJ is the main vehicle and outlet for IAHS-led agenda-setting and cooperation initiatives, which has resulted in community key papers such as (recent examples):


·         Nardi, F., et al., 2021. Citizens AND HYdrology (CANDHY): conceptualizing a transdisciplinary framework for citizen science addressing hydrological challenges, Hydrological Sciences Journal, DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2020.1849707

·         Blöschl, G., et al., 2019. Twenty-three unsolved problems in hydrology (UPH) – a community perspective, Hydrological Sciences Journal, 64:10, 1141-1158.  DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2019.1620507

·         Tauro, F., et al., 2018. Measurements and Observations in the XXI century (MOXXI): innovation and multi-disciplinarity to sense the hydrological cycle, Hydrological Sciences Journal, 63:2, 169-196. DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2017.1420191

·         Ceola, S., et al., 2016. Adaptation of water resources systems to changing society and environment: a statement by the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, Hydrological Sciences Journal, 61:16, 2803-2817, DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2016.1230674

The Journal also publishes special issues and virtual special issues, for example:

·         Volume 65, Issue 5 Hydrological data: Opportunities and barriers (Part 1), 2020, Guest editor: Christophe Cudennec (link: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/thsj20/65/5?nav=tocList)

·         S2 Panta Rhei Opinion Paper Series: a list of opinion papers, discussions and replies (2017-) Guest editor: Heidi Kreibich (link: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/thsj20/65/S2?nav=tocList)

·         More information on other virtual special issues can be found at:
https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=specialIssues&journalCode=thsj20

Such papers attract attention and contribute directly to the impact factor of the Journal.

The rise in HSJ’s impact factor and ranking is particularly good news as it has the potential to further amplify the visibility and strengthen the dissemination of the scientific research activities carried out internationally.

Our congratulations and sincere thanks go to the HSJ Editorial Office and Editors, Associate Editors and Reviewers for all their hard work for the journal.

 

First call for abstracts for WaterNet Symposium

Abstract submission and registration has been opened for the 22nd WaterNet/WARFSA/GWP-SA Symposium on 'Integrated Water Resources Management for Sustainable Development in Eastern and Southern Africa'. This will be a blended event held both virtually and at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe with reduced registration rates for online attendance.

More information can be found in the conference flyer or on the website https://www.waternetonline.org/downloads/proceedings 

The meeting will include a special session of ICWRS on the Unsolved Problems in Hydrology (UPH) initiative with an African perspective in preparation for the IAHS 2022 Scientific Assembly in Montpellier.


Important Dates
Deadline for submission of abstracts 20 July 2021
Deadline for early bird registration 15 August 2021

IAHS2022 Scientific Assembly Scientific Programme Now Available

The Scientific Assembly of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS 2022) will take place in Montpellier, France from 29 May to 3 June 2022.

The scientific programme is available at http://www.iahs2022.org/program.asp 

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. 


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.

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.

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.

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

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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.