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U.S. report warns of global water tensions

The American intelligence community warned in a report released on World Water Day (22 March 2012) that problems with water could destabilize countries in North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia over the next decade, according to the New York Times. Increasing demand and competition caused by the world’s rising population and scarcities created by climate change and poor management threaten to disrupt economies and increase regional tensions, the report concludes.

 
New: 6th World Water Forum group on LinkedIn

A new group about the 6th World Water Forum has just opened at LinkedIn. The group is open for discussions and news on the 6th World Water Forum (March 2012): organization, sessions, themes, suggestions, wish lists, outcries, political processes, panels, statements, programming, regional processes, receptions and other related activities.

 
4th World Water Development Report published

The 4th edition of the World Water Development Report, «Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk», has been launched on 12 March 2012 at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France, by Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. The report has 3 volumes: (1) Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk, (2) Knowledge Base and (3) Facing the Challenges. Key messages, stakeholder briefing notes and scenario publications support the report.

 
Fourteen more hydrological PhD theses have been added to the PhD theses section

14 more hydrological PhD theses, most of them from ITC, Twente University in Enschede (NL), have just been added to the PhD theses section.

 
Earth observation with wet feet – Inaugural address Dr. Bob Su

We just received the inaugural address of Dr. Z. (Bob) Su, Professor of Spatial Hydrology and Water Resources Management at ITC in Enschede (NL), given on 3 November 2005.

 
The Hydropolitical Baseline of the Upper Jordan River

The Hydropolitical Baseline of the Upper Jordan River study, undertaken by the UEA Water Security Research Centre, examines the history and current politics of water use in the basin – specifically the Liddan, Banias and Hasbani sub-basins. An interdisciplinary lens interprets the archives of French and British authorities, Lebanese and Israeli river flow data, news media, interviews and unpublished official reports. Finding the distribution of the transboundary flows to be asymmetric in the extreme, the study investigates how the inequity has been achieved and is maintained.

 
PhD defense «Groundwater System Identification through Time Series Analysis»

Careful analysis of groundwater level fluctuations may reveal much of the functioning of systems, and of the effects of individual factors. This is shown by many, but practiced by too few, as traditional time series analysis theory and software are complex. In his thesis, Jos von Asmuth presents a new method of time series analysis. The defense of his thesis will be on 5 March 2012 at Delft University of Technology.

 
Alternative World Water Forum/Forum Alternatif Mondial de l’Eau (FAME)) presents its programme

The objective of the Alternative World Water Forum (AWWF) – in French, the Forum Alternatif Mondial de l’Eau (FAME) – is to create a concrete alternative to the 6th World Water Forum, which is organized by the World Water Council. The programme is now available online, the entrance fee is attractive, and nice banners too!

 
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