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Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe

Hydrology in a Changing World: Environmental and Human Dimensions

FRIEND-Water2014: 7th Global Water Conference aims at sharing knowledge about change in hydrological processes (e.g. regimes, hydro-extremes), their impacts (e.g. ecological flows, erosionsedimentation), and how this knowledge can be streamlined to let water management and policy to adapt to it.
When 07 Oct, 2014 10:30 AM to
10 Oct, 2014 10:30 AM
Where Montpellier, France
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Contact Phone +33 467 14 90 42
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What is FRIEND-Water?

FRIEND-Water (Flow Regime from International Experimental and Network Data) is an international collaborative network of experts, which started 25 years ago, and that aims to generate new understanding about regional hydrology and multi-scale water cycle processes. FRIEND-Water is investigating long-term variations and changes in hydrological variables to better understand the climate, river basin and human controls on the spatial and temporal distribution of water. The science and training supported by the FRIEND-Water programme are critical for: water resources management, socio- economic development, safeguard the environment, and assessing the impact of global change, including climate change and human impact. As a cross-cutting theme of UNESCO’s, International Hydrology Program (IHP), FRIEND-Water contributes to research on: regional water resources, droughts, global change and the water cycle, and water education and capacity building. The FRIEND-Water programme complements and interacts with many national projects and international initiatives.

Scientific aims

People around the world face a non-stationary environment due to global change (e.g. climate change, land use change, urbanization). Impacts of hydrological processes change. More extreme events (drought, floods) are reported in many places around the world. Deterioration of wet terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems is hard to reverse under the increased pressure on land. Many reservoirs are filling up with sediment quicker than planned. This urges society to critically evaluate current water management practices and to prepare for implementation of change in the management of the water resources at different time horizons.
Hydrological science generates vast bodies of new understanding about changes but faces challenges to share this knowledge with operational water management, stakeholders and policy-makers. On the other hand the latter groups have difficulties to raise and highlight their demands.
The FRIEND-Water2014 Conference aims at sharing knowledge about change in hydrological processes (e.g. regimes, hydro-extremes), their impacts (e.g. ecological flows, erosionsedimentation), and how this knowledge can be streamlined to let water management and policy to adapt to it.

Conference topics

1. Hydrological databases: how to cope with future questions
2. Trends in hydrological regimes and extremes
3. Changes in ecological flows and coastal eco-hydrology
4. Erosion and sediment transport processes and trends
5. Regional observational-hydrological modelling frameworks
6. Water resources and prospective scenarios

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