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13 – 16 October 2015 in Koblenz

International Conference "Water Resources Assessment & Seasonal Prediction”

Changes in water availability and quality are occurring mainly as consequences of global and local changes including environmental factors, climate change and human-induced changes. Science-based knowledge to assess water resources over a range of scales in space and time is essential to develop methodologies for water resources assessments to improve sustainable water management practices. Linked to the dynamic assessment of water resources is the ability to provide reliable seasonal predictions of water availability and water quality.

Important research efforts focus on issues such as possible changes or intensification of the hydrological cycle, predictions of freshwater availability under climate change, and the ability to predict the variations of global and regional hydrological processes and water resources. The capability for dynamic water resources assessment linked to seasonal and inter-annual variations of the water balance serves as a basis for interaction with water managers and policy makers at regional and national scales.

The conference is meant to provide a platform for scientists and practitioners to exchange their views on monitoring, assessment and prediction of key variables for water management.

Target Group

The conference aims to reach scientists and water managers actively involved in world water balance research, as well as the development and application of new approaches to water resources assessments and decision-making in water policies and water management. Demand driven-applications to meet requirements of the target group are expected to cover improvements in the observation of the elements of the world water balance, methods for water resources assessments, and the predictability of world and regional water balances. Likewise, quantifiable impacts of changes of the temporal and spatial availability of water resources for integrated water resources management practices will be addressed.

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