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SWIBANGLA: Managing saltwater intrusion impacts in coastal groundwater systems in Bangladesh

Deltares, BRAC and IRC joined forces towards an integrated approach based on salinity monitoring, modelling and stakeholder participation to improve water safety plans. SWIBANGLA – Managing salt water intrusion impacts in Bangladesh, contributes to the theme salt water intrusion. The final report is available. There appear to be no unified national groundwater monitoring network and database in Bangladesh.

 
Vivir con la escasez de agua

Dr David Zetland’s book «Living with Water Scarcity», a bargain, has been translated into Spanish: «Vivir con la escasez de agua». As with the English edition, one can »comprar la edición de bolsilloobtener el PDF libre«. You can also support him when swimming in the Amsterdam canals to raise funds for research against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which you might know from the ice bucket challenge. Donate more than € 50 and get to meet David in person with a drink (his treat)!

 
Groundwater in the coastal zone: two-day course

During IAHR 2015 Deltares will organize a two-day course on groundwater in the coastal zone. The course will provide participants with (1) principles and procedures of variable density groundwater flow and coupled solute transport, (2) salinisation of groundwater systems and fresh-saline groundwater flow phenomena in the coastal zone, (3) monitoring techniques for fresh-brackish-saline water systems and (4) modelling experiences through hands-on training in computer workshops.

 
Natural Resources in Afghanistan – book of the month April 2015

«Natural Resources in Afghanistan: Geographic and Geologic Perspectives on Centuries of Conflict» details Afghanistan’s physical geography – climate, soils, vegetation, water, hazards, geology, geomorphology – together with details of rich natural resources, ethnic problems, and history. The book couples these details with the challenges of environmental degradation and new environmental management and protection, all of which are considered finally in both pessimistic and optimistic modes. The reader comes away with understanding the issues that are likely to have great effect for this pivotal region of the world for decades to come.

 
The Value of Groundwater – symposium on 23 September 2015

23 September 2015, Nieuwegein (NL) • The International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) Netherlands’ Chapter, the Netherlands Hydrological Society (NHV) and VVM, together with KWR Water, Deltares and IHP Belgium, are organizing a symposium on The Value of Groundwater (in Dutch). Very interesting speakers and free registration for members!

 
International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management

The International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management publishes papers on scholarly research, projects and other initiatives dealing with policy-making on climate change, and methodological approaches to cope with the problems deriving from climate change. Due consideration is given to environmental, economic, social and political aspects and especially the links and leverages that can be attained by this holistic approach. Authors are invited to submit papers.

 
Managing Water Resources under Climate Uncertainty

Managing Water Resources under Climate Uncertainty: Examples from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Australia – a new book by Sangam Shrestha, A.K. Anal, P.A. Salam and Michael van der Valk (eds) – has just been published by Springer. The book describes the impacts of climate change on the water cycle in Asia and Europe, and compares options for adaptation while looking at different regions that each have their own particularities. The book contains examples from the Mediterranean, Central Highlands of Vietnam, the Citarum River Basin (Indonesia), Nam Ou River Basin (Lao), Koshi River Basin, Chaliyar River Basin (Kerala, India), Mekong tributaries (including Can Tho, Sesan and Sre Pork Basin), Cambodia, Bhutan, South-Eastern Indian coast, Leh (Northwestern Himalaya, India), Nepal (Disaster Risk Reduction), Adelaide (Australia), Mexico, Chindwin River (Myanmar), Brahmaputra River. With a foreword by Michel Jarraud (Secretary-General of WMO and Chair of UN-Water) and Blanca Jiménez (Director, Division of Water Sciences, UNESCO).

 
Estimating real-time predictive hydrological uncertainty

Flood early warning systems provide a potentially highly effective flood risk reduction measure. The effectiveness of early warning, however, is affected by forecasting uncertainty: the impossibility of knowing, in advance, the exact future state of hydrological systems. Early warning systems benefit from estimation of predictive uncertainties, i.e. by providing probabilistic forecasts. On 1 April 2015 Jan Verkade defended his PhD thesis «Estimating real-time predictive hydrological uncertainty». The dissertation describes research in estimating the value of probabilistic forecasts as well as in skill improvement of estimates of predictive uncertainty.

 
Key Concepts in Water Resource Management – book of the month March 2015

The vocabulary and discourse of water resource management have expanded vastly in recent years to include an array of new concepts and terminology, such as water security, water productivity, virtual water and water governance. While the new conceptual lenses may generate insights that improve responses to the world's water challenges, their practical use is often encumbered by ambiguity and confusion.

 
World Water Development Report 2015

The 2015 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report, «Water for a Sustainable World», was launched on World Water Day, 20 March 2015. On kind invitation by the Government of France (CNRS), on behalve of the European Union, some of the authors were in Paris that day. On the occassion of World Water Day and on behalf of the authors, Michael van der Valk presented the book «Managing Water Resources under Climate Uncertainty» at UNESCO’s headquarters to the director of the Division of Water Sciences and the Secretary of UNESCO’s International Hydrololgical Programme (IHP), Ms Blanca Jiménez Cisneros, who also wrote the foreword. Following this small ceremony the World Water Development Report was presented to the authors the following day at the Parisian Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, attended by representatives of the European Commission.

 
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