The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Advanced Webinar: Radar Remote Sensing for Land, Water, & Disaster Applications

A limitation of optical satellite remote sensing is that it depends on cloudless, well-illuminated areas to produce quality data. This is especially problematic for collecting data during nighttime or when there is cloud cover. Radar is an ideal sensor to study the surface of the Earth because of its ability to “see” through clouds regardless of day or night conditions. In addition, the radar signal can penetrate through the vegetation canopy and provide information about conditions underneath, such as flooding. Techniques such as interferometry can track surface deformation on the order centimeters, such as ground movement caused by earthquakes.

This webinar series builds on ARSET's previous webinar: Introduction to Synthetic Aperture Radar. The training will focus on different radar approaches and techniques including amplitude, time-series, polarimetry, and interferometry for mapping and monitoring disasters and land cover. Attendees will apply these techniques to map land cover and land use change, deforestation, flooding, crop monitoring, and surface deformation for earthquake monitoring.
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Final Conference for the EU Horizon 2020 project AQUACROSS

This October marks the Final Conference for the EU Horizon 2020 project AQUACROSS (Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies): Ecosystem-Based Management for the Protection of Aquatic Biodiversity – Practice and Lessons Learnt.

The conference will bring together scientific experts, policy makers, and members of the business community to discuss cross-cutting topics related to the protection of aquatic ecosystems and opportunities for ecosystem-based management. Participants will have the opportunity to interact and discuss the added value of integrative policy and assessment frameworks for the protection of aquatic biodiversity with lessons learned from 8 case studies, other research projects and ongoing policy initiatives.
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Managing for climate risk: Approaches and perspectives from the World Bank, USAID, International Finance Corporation and Inter-American Development Bank

A changing and more variable climate, bringing with it increasingly frequent, longer and more severe droughts, heat waves, floods and extreme weather events, is putting the most vulnerable populations at higher risk of disease, displacement, and loss of livelihoods. Climate change also threatens to undermine development interventions aimed at improving the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable populations. To improve resilience to both current and future climate, as well as safeguard development gains, several leading organizations within the international development community have implemented processes to manage climate risk at various levels from high-level country strategies to specific project activities.

At the June Adaptation Community Meeting, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and the Inter-American Development Bank will come together to discuss each organization’s current and emerging approaches to climate risk management. The discussion will highlight each organization’s approach, initiatives to track and assess the effectiveness of climate risk management, lessons learned, and ideas for the future.
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3rd International Conference on Water & Climate

Following the success of the 2nd International Conference on Water and Climate, the World Water Council, with the support of the CoP22 Chair as represented by the State Secretariat for Water of the Kingdom of Morocco, and with the collaboration of other international partners, is pleased to announce the organization of the third edition of the event on 2-3 October in Marseille, France.

The central objective of the meeting is to mobilize and encourage a range of political, institutional, technical, and scientific stakeholders to work together so that water remains an important element of climate discussions within the UNFCCC’s 24th Conference of the Parties in December of 2018.
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Asia Water Forum 2018

The Asia Pacific Region continues to develop at a tremendous rate with high economic growth, rapid urbanization, technological advancement, and associated social transformation. Water is fundamental to sustaining Asia’s progress and inclusive prosperity yet is facing serious challenges for its sustainable management and ecient and reliable delivery of services along with climate change and disaster risk concerns. The “Asia Water Forum (AWF) 2018 – Information, Innovation and Technology” will provide a venue and platform to share knowledge and experiences on state of the art advancements to help ensure a water-secure Asia Pacific Region. The AWF will bring together over 300 participants including government ocials from ADB developing member countries (DMCs), water and development professionals, industry and water association representatives, private sector and vendors, and civil society to discuss and demonstrate the latest technologies and innovations, including policy and management reforms, and their applications in the water sector. The goal is to increase the awareness and knowledge of water practitioners and decision makers and identify strategies to adopt and scale-up innovation and technology throughout the region.
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The Water-Energy-Food Nexus

As part of the Water Youth Network's role as Global Focal Point for SDG 6 within UN-MGCY, the Network will organise a second webinar on Water-Energy-Food Nexus on June 11th. The webinar will be led by Mr. Bassel Daher. Through this, participants will learn lessons that would result in revisiting and refining our approaches for addressing complex resource hotspots based on case studies, thus enabling us to more effectively work toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Resilient Cities, Robust Water Management: Emerging Solutions for Sustainable Cities

Making cities resilient in a time of rapid urbanization is difficult enough, but quickening climate change, how do we manage growth while also creating resilient cities? Urban areas are caught between the struggle to maintain existing services while also expanding basic services for new residents and shifting needs. Climate change exacerbates these issues. Climate impacts are both accelerating and evolving in their expression. Past climate is no longer an effective predictor of emerging conditions, especially for long-lived parts of the landscape such as infrastructure. As a result, increasing uncertainties about future climate and urban growth make the work of planners and decision makers far more challenging to build or upgrade new energy, water supply and treatment, and drought and flood structures, as well as negotiate resource management with other cities and farmers. Are we doomed to a state of ever-heightening crisis?

Beginning about 2009, several teams — the World Bank, Deltares, the Dutch Infrastructure and Environment Ministry, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst — began experimenting with a series of new approaches to deal with high-uncertainty issues such as rapid demographic change and climate change in which risk tolerance was low and quantitative frameworks were necessary. More recently, a global consortium funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and The Resilience Shift and led by Arup have been working to create an overarching framework that links high-level urban decision makers and technical and operational concerns. In most of these programs, water resources management plays a key role, given the volatility of the water cycle to climate impacts and the cross-sectoral nature of water resources and water threats.

In this webinar, John Matthews, PhD, of AGWA: The Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, will discuss these new approaches, the development of a set of next generation tools, and the global application and integration of these tools to urban sustainability.
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Climate Adaptation and Wildfire Detection, Monitoring, and Mitigation

In some areas, fire seasons are getting longer, and droughts are becoming more frequent and severe. This July, NASA ARSET is offering an online training focused on satellite remote sensing tools useful for local fire managers. Participants will learn how to identify active fires, visualize fire emissions, and calculate burn severity.
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