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Interesting information / Re: Unsolved Problems in Hydrology: IAHS Initiative
« Last post by Pankaj Dey on April 24, 2018, 05:47:42 PM »
Based on the earlier post, a meeting was organised at EGU 2018 to finalise and categorize the problems into three status: gold, silver and out.

The following are the excerpts of the meeting held at EGU 2018.

We had excellent meetings on Friday 13 April 2018 (Splinter meeting at EGU in Vienna) and on Saturday 14 April (Vienna Catchment Symposium at TU Wien) with about 60 and 110 people attending, respectively.

These are the questions resulting from the LinkedIn discussion, the Friday Splinter meeting and additional email contributions received before Friday.

On Saturday we had three rounds of discussions in four break out groups and one final plenary discussion. In each round we discussed the questions, merged them, split them and reworded them as needed followed by a voting on prioritising the questions. The voting was for gold/silver/bronze/remove in each of the three break out group rounds. Only the gold and silver ones were retained for the plenary with an additional round of voting (by the entire plenary) for gold, silver or removing them from the list. The idea of the process was to whittle down the 260 questions initially proposed to a more coherent and smaller set of those questions deemed most important by the participants. The process resulted in 16 gold and 29 silver questions which are posted here.

A paper drafting team (Günter Blöschl, Elena Toth, Jeff McDonnell, Gia Destouni, Antonio Chambel, Elena Volpi, Jim Kirchner, Marc Bierkens, Christine Stumpp, Christophe Cudennec, Hubert Savenije, Siva Sivapalan, Aldo Fiori) has been formed to
- check whether there are any obvious ‘holes’ in the list and propose a small number of additional questions if needed
- wordsmith the questions
- start with an initial draft of the summary paper.

The updated list of questions will be circulated among the co-authors (those who have substantially contributed to the process which will be around 160 scientists) with a final voting on the list, and the co-authors will also be asked to provide suggestions for any changes to the paper draft.

The plan is to submit the paper to HSJ.

Many thanks again for all your contributions


Please find the attached pdf file for the document.
Abstract. This article extends a previous study Seneviratne et al. (2016) to provide regional analyses of changes in climate extremes as a function of projected changes in global mean temperature. We introduce the DROUGHT-HEAT Regional Climate Atlas, an interactive tool to analyse and display a range of well-established climate extremes and water-cycle indices and their changes as a function of global warming. These projections are based on simulations from the fifth phase of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5). A selection of example results are presented here, but users can visualize specific indices of interest using the online tool. This implementation enables a direct assessment of regional climate changes associated with global mean temperature targets, such as the 2 and 1.5° limits agreed within the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Link to paper:

Link to interactive ploting wen interface:
Hydrological sciences / Using R in Hydrology - EGU2018 Short Course
« Last post by Pankaj Dey on April 22, 2018, 02:37:21 PM »
This was a short course conducted during EGU this year. The course was divided into six workflows as follows:

Introduction to the short course - Louise Slater
  • Accessing hydrological data using web APIs (a demo of the rnrfa package) - Claudia Vitolo
  • Processing, modelling and visualising hydrological data in R (tidyverse; piping, mapping and nesting) - Alexander Hurley
  • Extracting netCDF climate data for hydrological analyses (reading and visualising gridded data) - Louise Slater
  • Hydrological modelling and teaching modelling (airGR and airGRteaching) - Guillaume Thirel
  • Typical hydrological tasks in R (List columns, Leaflet and coordinate transformation, Open Street Maps) - Tobias Gauster

Please follow the github link to access the necessary materials:

Announcements / Position: Research Associates
« Last post by Subir Paul on April 18, 2018, 09:24:58 PM »
ATREE invites applications for one Research Associate for a project 'Mapping ecosystems of the Northeast and Quantitative assessment and mapping of plant diversity and biological resources in Sikkim Himalaya. The project is funded by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, New Delhi. The multi-partnership research project covers biosystematic & ecology studies of flowering and non-flowering plants, selected animal groups and documenting biological resources across the states of NE region that harbour two global hotspots of biodiversity.

Project Research staff are expected to curate the taxonomy and quantitative data of plants, biological resources, mapping their distribution patterns, write reports and prepare articles for peer-reviewed journals and reach-out to society through various media including Indian Bioresource Information Network (IBIN), DBT web portal. JRFs will be facilitated to register for PhD degree. We strongly encourage applicants from Northeast region states of India. The candidates should be self-driven, highly motivated and willing to undertake extensive fieldwork in remote field sites in the entire Northeast region.

Research Position: Research Associate (one)

Emoluments: Rs. 38000/- + 30% HRA for all three years, strictly as per DST guidelines*

Essential qualifications :

PhD in Remote Sensing / Geomatics / Geography / Environmental Science/ Natural resources management or closely related field
Experience in GIS/RS software such as ERDAS Imagine, Idrisi, QGIS & ArcGIS.
Experience with SQL, Python or R.
Preferable Qualification

Experience in automated image processing and analysis through custom scripts and applications (i.e. Python or R).
Experience in ArcGIS models and scripting.
Ability to work in interdisciplinary research teams
The candidate is required to provide complete services and assistance in:

Geospatial database development and management.
Conducting geospatial analysis for various research activities such as land cover mapping, modelling, image processing etc.
Assistance in training and outreach activities of the project, preparation of reports, manuscripts & organizing workshops
Post your question/information / Water Quality Research
« Last post by Himanshu Mishra on April 18, 2018, 05:17:29 PM »
I have questions regarding water quality assessments from Remote Sensing... My question is can we estimating chlorophyll levels within the river using satellite images... kindly suggest....
Dear all


The India-UK Water Centre is inviting applications from Indian and UK water scientists to participate in a workshop on Advancing Drought Monitoring, Prediction, and Management Capabilities to be held in Lancaster, UK 18th – 20th September 2018.

Last date for application: 17 May 2018

For more details;
Dear All


All authors of the papers accepted for the conference will be given the opportunity to publish their work in supporting journals.

The conference will be supported by the following journals:

Conference details:

International conference on sustainable water resources - Innovation and Impacts​, 6 - 8 Sep 2018 at VIT, Vellore, India

Abstract Submission Closes           30th April, 2018
Full Paper Submission Closes   30th July, 2018
Early Bird Registration Begins   1st June, 2018
Early Bird Registration Closes   5th August, 2018
Regular Registration Closes           30th August, 2018

For more details:
Announcements / Webinar on Climate change and adaptive water management
« Last post by Diwan on April 04, 2018, 06:28:20 PM »
Dear all


It will take place on Thursday, April 19th, 2018, from 7:30 PM to 09:00 PM IST. The topics includes:

Household economic burden from seawater intrusion in coastal urban areas

Synergy of climate change and local pressures on saltwater intrusion in coastal urban areas: Effective adaptation for policy planning

Water option contracts for climate change adaptation in Santiago, Chile

Adapting to Climate Change in Rapidly Urbanizing River Basins: Insights from a multiple-concerns, multiple-stressors, and multi-level approach

Assessing the economic impact of a low-cost water-saving irrigation technology in Indian Punjab: The case of tensiometer

Water Resource Management Under Changing Climate in Angola's Coastal Settlements


Mutasem Fadel, American University of Beirut
Oscar Melo, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Veena Srinivasan, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
Kamal Vatta, Columbia Water Center, India
Allan Cain, Development Workshop, Angola
Charlotte MacAlister, International Development Research Centre

Registration link :
Study material / Groundwater Assessment Methodology
« Last post by cpkumar on April 01, 2018, 03:45:30 PM »
My technical note on "Groundwater Assessment Methodology" has been updated incorporating the recommendations/norms of Ground Water Resource Estimation Committee (GEC-2015) released in October 2017.
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