The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

February 2017

NASA Remote Sensing for Flood Monitoring and Management

Remote sensing data can help professionals manage and monitor extreme weather conditions. In this training, participants will learn how to access and analyze available NASA data relevant to flood management. This includes data on precipitation, soil moisture, inundation mapping, and elevation modeling. Participants will learn to apply data for assessing flood risk, monitoring conditions, and planning relief. Each session will include a presentation followed by an opportunity to use the data and tools covered in the presentation.
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Master Class: Water Sustainability in a Global Economy

The Water Sustainability in a Global Economy Master Class is intended for graduate students in Hydrology and Water Resources science and engineering programs requiring focused training on modern research methods in embodied water resources accounting in a regional and global economy context. An overview of major modern methods is provided to help the student identify the most appropriate tools for their current research problems.
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Basic Summer Course in Climate Time Series Analysis

This Basic Summer Course in Climate Time Series Analysis is specifically tailored to the needs of PhD students, postdocs and professional researchers in climatology, ecology, environmental sciences, geosciences, meteorology or hydrology. We assume a basic knowledge in calculus, the rest you will learn here. You get the required statistical tools and extensive hands-on training to become able to optimally analyse your data and answer the associated questions about the climate. You acquire the theoretical basis for understanding the tools and interpreting the results. You learn to determine the various sources of uncertainty in data, climate models and statistical estimation.
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UNEP-DHI Water Webinar: Focus on Flood & Drought Management

UNEP-DHI Partnership in collaboration with the International Water Association (IWA) and DHI is presenting a series of technical webinars focusing on innovative approaches to Flood and Drought planning and management for basins and water utilities. These webinars are primarily based on the outcomes and tools being released within the ongoing Flood and Drought Management Tools project, but will also include guest presentations from external stakeholders and relevant organisations.

You can now register for the third Webinar in the Flood and Drought Management webinar series: Drought early warning and assessment, experiences from Africa, February 28th.
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Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2017: Water & Climate Congress

The Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LoCS4Africa) Congress, held under the ICLEI Africa’s Urban Leadership for African Sustainability (ULAS) programme, is Africa’s leading platform on local climate action for cities and sub-national governments across the Continent. The platform offers opportunity for engagement and strategic discussions around current on the ground solutions and emerging trends relating to Africa’s vulnerability to climate change in urban areas. LoCS4Africa 2017 will explore critical links between climate change and urban water and sanitation in Africa’s cities.
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Water for Food Global Conference

Vaccines. Irrigation. Cellphones. Apps. These life changing, globally accessible advancements were first created in someone’s garage, kitchen or office. The 2017 Water for Food Global Conference theme, “Water for Food Security: From Local Lessons to Global Impacts,” is based on the premise that global breakthroughs come from local action. This conference will apply that perspective to the work being done to ensure water and food security for future generations. How can lessons learned from Nebraska’s groundwater management system help farmers in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam? Can irrigation technology be scaled for smallholder farming communities around the world? How do national policies affect agriculture and water security in other regions and countries?

The 2017 global conference will feature plenary and parallel sessions to explore the research, technology and educational approaches that are advancing food and water security for our world. Read More...

Water and Development: scientific challenges in addressing societal issues

The South African National Committee of the International Association of Hydrological Scientists (SANCIAHS) invites you to participate in the 2017 IAHS Scientific Assembly to be held from July 10-14 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The theme of the meeting is "Water and Development: scientific challenges in addressing societal issues” which is particularly appropriate in the context of an IAHS Scientific Assembly meeting being held for the first time in sub-Saharan Africa and is well aligned with the IAHS Panta Rhei.

Submission of abstracts for the various symposia and workshops is now open via the Copernicus online system through 6 March 2017.
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Workshop on Scaling Up Nature-Based Flood Risk Reduction

Nature-based solutions (NBS) are increasingly being used for flood risk reduction and climate change adaptation, especially in developing countries where they are most needed. Examples are the use of mangroves for wave reduction and erosion control and the use of urban green spaces for retention of storm waters. If properly implemented, NBS can aid in reducing flood risk while also providing additional benefits for people, the economy, and nature conservation. However, effective implementation is challenging, as it requires integration of different disciplines and the active involvement of government and communities. In addition, proper metrics for success and adequate monitoring methods are yet to be defined. Since NBS are currently not tested to the same standards as traditional grey infrastructure, trade-offs in terms of engineering and economics are still hard to make.

The World Bank, Deltares, UNDP, and Ecoshape will be hosting a two-day workshop on scaling up NBS flood risk reduction. The meeting will focus on producing guidelines for the effective implementation of green and hybrid solutions to reduce flood risk in urban, riverine, and coastal settings.
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Online Information Session for Oregon State University's Natural Resources Leadership Academy

Oregon State University's Natural Resources Leadership Academy (NRLA) brings together professionals and graduate students from across the world to establish connections, enhance leadership skills and learn from experts on timely, relevant topics in today's changing world. This two-week session will feature a course that is part of our AGWA-U initiative. Anyone who would like to find out more about the NRLA, the classes offered, the instructors, or registration details should attend the upcoming information session.
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Blue Carbon Ecosystems – what’s included, what’s not and why

With increasing recognition of the role natural systems have in climate mitigation, where should management initiatives focus? While forest have historically had the spotlight of such efforts, coastal wetland ecosystems are now considered important and effective long-term carbon sinks. This attention to “blue carbon” habitats has sparked interest in including other marine systems, such as coral reefs, phytoplankton, kelp forests, and marine fauna.

In this webinar, authors of a recently published paper – Clarifying the role of coastal and marine systems in climate mitigation (Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Feb. 2017) – analyze the scientific evidence and potential management role of several coastal and marine ecosystems to determine which should be prioritized within current climate mitigation strategies and policies. Findings can assist decision-makers and conservation practitioners to understand where management actions can have additional carbon benefits.
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