The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

AGWA and Bottom-Up Methodologies Represented at Chinese Conference

This guest blog was written by Ad Jeuken of Deltares.

My visit was the result of an invitation from the World Future Council to speak at their Future of Cities forum in Tianjin. This event was a sub-forum of the Eco-City Forum. My presentation at the Forum was complemented by an additional expert meeting to the city of Huangshi, two days later. My message was around quantitative planning methods (like CRIDA) that incorporate climate robustness and flexibility in the planning to account for future uncertainty. The visit was a good occasion to learn more about the Sponge city development in general and in Huangshi in particular. Read More...

iRain Mobile App: Using Citizen Science to Support Water Management

A new mobile app has been designed to help monitor the impacts of climate on the water cycle. The iRain mobile app utilizes citizen science via crowd-soured data to track precipitation globally. iRain is available for iOS or Android devices. You can find the mobile app on iTunes or in the Google Play store.

iRain has been created to serve as a mobile version of the web-based iRain tool ( developed by the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS) at the University of California – Irvine, directed by Dr. Soroosh Sorooshian, with support from a broad range of partners, including USACE IWR-ICIWaRM and UNESCO. It is designed to facilitate the collection of real-time global satellite precipitation observations, allowing its users to track rainfall events all over the globe. This can be particularly useful in regards to emergency planning, to warn and inform individuals of dangerous hydrological events. The data are gathered via the PERSIANN-CCS system, which has been under development for two decades. Users can also use the crowdsourcing functionality of the app to report their local rainfall information to supplement our data. For researchers, these data are useful as it provides a convenient and user-friendly mobile means of accessing the data that is currently available on the web version of iRain. Read More...

IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program

Every summer from 1 June to 31 August, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) hosts up to 50 doctoral students from around the world in its Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP). Each YSSP participant works on a topic related to his or her PhD thesis and to IIASA’s own research agenda, the goal being to write a publishable paper. All YSSP participants are personally mentored by IIASA senior scientists.

You should apply if:
  • You are an advanced graduate student;
  • Your field of study complements research at IIASA;
  • You are interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research;
  • Your research and career would benefit from working alongside 50 or so young scientists as well as senior scientists from around the world;
  • You would like to explore the policy implications of your work.

Successful applicants from countries with an IIASA National Member Organization (NMO) are eligible for funding, and some fellowships are also available for students from non-NMO countries. To learn about funding in your country, contact your National Member Organization. Read More...

International Conference on Climate Services: Call for abstracts

The fifth International Conference on Climate Services (ICCS5) has issued a call for abstracts, under the conference theme of capacity building and innovation.

The ICCS5 will be held in Cape Town, South Africa during 27th February to 3rd March, 2017. The main conference will be held 28th February to 2nd March, with additional side events taking place 27th February and 3rd March. Read More...

AGWA Updates: COP22 Edition

AGWA has just released the COP22 edition of its newsletter - available here. This issue of AGWA Updates will provide you with all the information you need to know related to AGWA, SIWI, and #ClimateIsWater events throughout two-week UNFCCC conference. Read More...

New Video Series from AGWA-U | Intro to Climate Adaptation and Rare

AGWA has developed graduate level professional development courses in sustainable resource management and climate adaptation. This program, known as "AGWA-U," held its inaugural course this past June at Oregon State University's Natural Resources Leadership Academy.

A series of videos were developed by an AGWA-U student, Alan Hesse of Rare, as a way to illustrate some of the basic principles surrounding climate adaptation. They are great for a crash-course on climate adaptation terminology, actors, policies, and issues. Here's a list of the episodes:

  • Video 1: Overview of Climate Adaptation
  • Video 2: Dealing with Uncertainty
  • Video 3: Rare in Colombia
All three are available to watch below, or by visiting

WWF Climate Adaptation and Resilience Fellowship

To build capacity among conservationists and those working in related fields, WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) is offering fellowships to emerging leaders in Asia, Africa, and Latin America who are able to make significant contributions to helping people and nature adapt to a changing climate.

Applicants from the following countries are eligible to apply: Colombia, Ecuador, Fiji, Guatemala, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia. Read More...