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2nd Istanbul International Water Forum

3–5 May 2011, Istanbul • The 2nd Istanbul International Water Forum is promising a broad field of study and a diverse range of subjects. The Forum will primarily focus on the water-related problems of Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. The domestic water-related problems (drought, floods etc.) of Turkey will also be discussed in detail.

IAHS Newsletter 98 (December 2010) is out

The latest newsletter (number 98) of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) has just been finalized. Cate Gardner, IAHS Press, again did an excellent job!

New report (in Dutch) on water, right and a changing climate

A new report (in Dutch) on the colloquium on «The right to water and water rights in a changing world» has been published by UNESCO Platform Vlaanderen, Flanders, Belgium, in its magazine «UNESCO info».

New LinkedIn group on pumping test analysis

Dr C.J. (Kick) Hemker recently opened a new LinkedIn group on groundwater pumping test analysis. He writes: »A group for all hydrologists interested in pumping test analysis (aquifer test analysis) and similar analytical (inverse) well flow modelling problems, with a focus on computer-based techniques in general and the MLU for Windows software in particular. MLU for Windows is an analytical groundwater modeling tool to compute heads and drawdowns, analyze a variety of aquifer test data and design well fields in layered aquifer systems«.

The Future of Urban Water Solutions for Livable and Resilient Cities Conference

24–26 January 2011, Paris • The aim of this conference is to share knowledge on recent advances in urban water management, and to catalyse change towards more livable and resilient cities — ­ the «City of the Future».

Coastal aquifer resources and climate change seminar: report available (in French)

In April 2010, UNESCO and ONEP’s IEA (Institut International de l’Eau et de l’Assainissement of the Office National de l’Eau Potable) organized an expert meeting on coastal aquifer resources and climate change, with a focus on the southern rim of the Mediterranean Basin. The report (in French) is now available.

UNESCO International Conference on Transboundary Aquifers: Challenges and New Directions

6–8 December 2010, Paris • UNESCO-IHP’s ISARM (Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources Management) programme is organizing an International Conference on Transboundary Aquifers, co-convened with IAH and UNEP, to be held on 6–8 December 2010 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris: ISARM2010.

UNESCO to identify groundwater and alleviate water shortages in Iraq

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a scientific survey of Iraq’s groundwater in an effort to improve government capacity to address water scarcity in the country.

Updated version (2.25) of MLU for Windows – UNESCO edition

Version 2.25 of the UNESCO IHP edition of MLU is available. New features include conversion between metres and feet. MLU for Windows is an analytical groundwater modelling tool to compute heads and drawdowns, analyse a variety of aquifer test data and design well fields in layered aquifer systems. Also new in this version is the option to import images (such as maps!) that can be displayed as background in contour plots. This includes BMP, PNG JPG, GIF and most TIFF files.

Groundwater (Geology of the Netherlands)

Geology of the Netherlands presents an overview of the geology of the subsurface of the Low Countries. The chapter on Groundwater was written by prof. dr. J.J. (Co) de Vries, who kindly made it available to those interested.

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