The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

February 2016

NASA ARSET Training - Advanced Webinar on Remote Sensing for Flood Management

NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) Program invites you to attend online training through its Advanced Webinar on Using NASA Remote Sensing for Flood Monitoring and Management. The free course is offered through four 1-hour sessions, each Wednesday from March 16 - April 6, 2016. Each session will be held two times a day to allow for international participation from different times zones.

This webinar will provide demonstrations and hands-on experience in using NASA remote sensing observations and flood mapping tools useful for flood management. Participants will learn to access rainfall, streamflow, and surface inundation extent data for regional flood cases. In addition, participants will learn to access digital elevation and terrain data, as well as socioeconomic data, to facilitate flood risk assessment and post-flood relief planning using a GIS framework. Attendees will learn how to use NASA remote sensing data for flood management from planning pre-flood monitoring to post-flood relief activities. Read More...

Water and Urban Initiative Symposium on Sustainable Urban Water Environment

UNU-IAS will organize the first Water and Urban Initiative (WUI) Symposium on Sustainable Urban Water Environment on 14 March 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The overall objective of this symposium is to discuss innovative and feasible approaches to evaluate the value of improved urban water environments. Impacts of global change, such as climate and land use change, on urban water pollution will be a major area of focus. Researchers and experts will discuss various aspects of what constitutes “value”, such as human health risks, ecosystem services and flood mitigation, to establish a useful framework based on sound scientific simulations. Read More...

Making Groundwater Sustainable

Droughts in California and the Southwest, as well as growing demands and competition for water throughout much of the country, increasingly highlight the importance of groundwater. Groundwater supplies almost half the nation’s drinking water, supports irrigated agriculture, industry, and energy development, and sustains streams and ecosystems.

This National Groundwater Association (NGWA) sponsored workshop will examine how to develop and use groundwater in a sustainable manner to meet the nation’s pressing needs for food and energy while maintaining a healthy environment. Read More...

Decision support processes for participatory water management: building capacities in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Water Center for Latin America and the Caribbean will be holding its 1st international meeting on “Decision support processes for participatory water management: building capacities in Latin America and the Caribbean” this April. This event is an important component of the “Decision Center for the Effective Management of Water” project, which is being managed by the Water Center for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Tecnológico de Monterrey together with the IADB and the FEMSA Foundation. Read More...

IIASA/USNMO Global Sustainability Seminar

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the National Academy of Sciences US Committee for IIASA, and the Embassy of Austria are hosting a symposium on International Scientific Cooperation for Global Sustainability: 3 Topics (see below).

Topic I: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Developing Pathways, Assessing Policies, and Measuring Progress
Topic II: Arctic Changes, Arctic Visions: Informing policies for the Arctic future we want
Topic III: Global Climate, Ecosystem Services, and Biological Sequestration Read More...

17th International Water Association Young Water Professionals Annual Conference

The International Water Association’s Young Water Professionals Conference is returning on 30th March – 1st April 2016 and registration is now open. This year, the conference will be hosted at the University of East Anglia, in the vibrant and historic city of Norwich, England.

The IWA YWP conference always has a keen focus on providing opportunities for young people to present their work. If you or any of your colleagues are interested in presenting at the conference, please visit this page for information on how to submit a paper for consideration. The event provides a unique opportunity for academics or young water professionals to make a real impact on a professional conference, and to promote their work to key people across the industry. Abstract submissions are now due 12 February 2016. Read More...