05.08.2014 - UNESCO Venice Office

Danube Conference 2014: Bridging the sciences - crossing borders


Save the dates and place. The XXVI Conference of the Danubian Countries on Hydrological Forecasting and Hydrological Bases of Water Management will take place on 22-24 September 2014 in Deggendorf, Germany.

Cooperation of the Danube countries in the area of hydrology started in 1961, hosting the first conference on hydrological forecast in Budapest. This 26th. edition of the Danube Conference, as part of a series of biennial conferences being alternately held by countries of the Danube, has been announced. The event is jointly organised by the German IHP/HWRP National Committee, the Bavarian Environment Agency, and the Deggendorf Institute of Technology, in cooperation with the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO, the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Since 1975, cooperation has been conducted within the framework of IHP. The eight-year phase of IHP-VIII (2014-2021) will start with the main topic ″Water security: Responses to local, regional, and global challenges″. To deal with these complex, rapid environmental and demographic changes (e.g. population growth and vulnerability to hydrological disasters, global and climate changes, uncontrolled urban expansion, and land use changes), holistic, multidisciplinary and environmentally sound approaches to water resources management and protection policy are necessary. Water security in IHP-VIII is defined as the capacity of a population to safeguard access to adequate quantities of water of acceptable quality for sustaining human and ecosystem health on a watershed basis, and to ensure efficient protection of life and property against water related hazards - floods and droughts.

The aims of the XXVI Danube Conference are: to foster exchange of hydrological basic information; to improve and adopt new models and techniques for hydrological forecasting and parameters at several time and space scales; to deal with disasters in an appropriate manner; to better articulate the role of hydrological and biotic processes in aquatic systems; to link different fields of science; and, to promote cooperation of the Danube countries. Both methodological approaches as well as case studies from countries of the Danube are welcome.

The conference topics will include:

1. Basis of hydrology (Hydro-meteorological networks; Measuring technologies; Monitoring of erosion and sedimentation in river catchments)

2. Hydrological data management (Data exchange and public dissemination of data; Statistical analysis methods; Big data and data analysis; GIS in hydrology)

3. Hydrological modelling and forecasting; Statistical and computational methods; Models of erosion and sediment transport; Long-term simulation and scenarios; Short-term and long-term forecasting; Flood and drought forecasting)

4. Disaster events (Summer flood 2013 in the Danube catchment; Floods and droughts, economic impacts, recent events, new adaptation strategies; Flood warning and public perception; Case studies on disastrous events – lessons learned)

5. Administrative structures for water management (Organisation of public administration; Administrative processes; Public infrastructure; Implementation of the Water Framework and Flood Directive)

6. River Basin and Water Management (Navigation, impacts of reservoirs, control strategies, land-use planning; Climate change, hydrological impacts and adaption measures; Structural and non-structural measures for flood management; Integrated water resources management (IWRM); Sustainability in River Basin Management - case studies);

7. Ecohydrology (Water quality and pollutants; Ecohydrology – progress, key challenges and future prospects; Urban ecohydrology; Ecosystem service)

Website: http://www.danubeconference.org/

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