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Earth Observation for Water Resources Management – new World Bank book

Water systems are building blocks for poverty alleviation, shared growth, sustainable development, and green growth strategies. They require data from in-situ observation networks. Budgetary and other constraints have taken a toll on their operation and there are many regions in the world where the data are scarce or unreliable. Increasingly, remote sensing satellite-based earth observation is becoming an alternative. A new World Bank book briefly describes some key global water challenges, perspectives for remote sensing approaches, and their importance for water resources-related activities.

 
The Challenges for Transboundary Aquifer Management – IAH and IHP session

The UNESCO International Hydrological Programme is co-convening the Session «The Challenges for Transboundary Aquifer Management», to be held during the IAH 2016 Montpellier International Congress. Take a look at the complete programme of the Congress and the description of the session. The deadline for abstract submission has been extended.

 
Transboundary Water Cooperation and the Sustainable Development Goals

The establishment of the post-2015 development agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN General Assembly points towards an integrated plan to tackle global challenges. A new paper by UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP) advocates for an indicator on transboundary water cooperation that should be broad enough to reward also cooperative frameworks aimed at developing a sound system of exchange of information, and not only fully fledged IWRM systems.

 
Swiss Re Foundation launches "ReSource Award 2017"

The ReSource Award focuses on social entrepreneurial approaches that implement the principles of sustainability in water management. The prize builds on more than ten years of experience in supporting outstanding partners heading for sustainable watershed management. An international jury awards USD 150,000 to new social entrepreneurial initiatives driving sustainable water management practices. The prize combines financial and non-financial contributions (coaching and expert advice).

 
Collective action on South Asia’s ‘wicked problems’

The problems of water, energy, climate change, and urbanisation, are all intertwined; they are, also, all ‘wicked’. There is little consensus on how to effectively navigate these problems, let alone, how to solve them. Of these, water is key: the threat of climatic changes is primarily manifested in water, its dwindling supply, and the conflicts that may potentially arise. It also encompasses so-called ‘toad's eye’ concerns of the grassroots, often informal economy, as well as the ‘eagle’s eye’ perspectives of national and global managers. In South Asia, regional cooperation in managing water has not been successful for various reasons.

 
Time Series Analysis in water management – a report

The Netherlands Hydrological Society (NHV) has several working groups. One of them works on Time Series Analysis and caters for several public meetings throughout the year. On 28 January 2016, hosted by TNO in Utrecht, almost 100 experts gathered to discuss the latest findings and developments in time series analysis, bridging statistical expertise with practical applications. Presentations from business practitioners alternated with presentations from scientific experts. Michael van der Valk reports.

 
Groundwater flow cooling the Earth’s crust

Groundwater that flows through the outer shell of the Earth as part of the hydrologic cycle influences the distribution of heat and, thereby, the temperature field in the Earth’s crust. Downward groundwater flow in recharge areas lowers crustal temperatures down to great depths, whereas upward flow in discharge areas tends to raise temperatures relative to a purely conductive geothermal regime. Henk Kooi presents numerical simulations of generalized topography-driven groundwater flow.

 
Africa Water Atlas

The Africa Water Atlas is a visual account of Africa’s endowment and use of water resources, revealed through 224 maps and 104 satellite images as well as some 500 graphics and hundreds of compelling photos. However the Atlas is more than a collection of static maps and images accompanied by informative facts and figures: its visual elements vividly illustrate a succinct narrative describing and analyzing Africa’s water issues and exemplifying them through the judicious use of case studies. It gathers information about water in Africa and its role in the economy and development, health, food security, transboundary cooperation, capacity building and environmental change into one comprehensive and accessible volume.

 
Participatory Planning for Climate Compatible Development in Maputo, Mozambique

Right now, the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are keenly feeling the impacts of climate change. They are being hit hard by increased droughts, floods and extreme weather. And they will be hit even harder in the future. Because of its coastal location, Mozambique is exposed to severe climate risks, such as flooding, cyclones and sea-level rise. Enabling developing countries like Mozambique to adapt to the effects of climate change and protect its most vulnerable citizens, while growing its economy in a sustainable way, is a critically important challenge.

 
Nature Geoscience: focus on groundwater

A vast store of freshwater that circulates beneath the land surface is increasingly tapped to serve the water needs of human communities. Groundwater represents the largest component of the active hydrological cycle and its movement through the subsurface affects many aspects of the Earth system. In a new groundwater focus, Nature Geoscience presents a collection of research papers and opinion pieces that discuss the influence of groundwater on hydrological, environmental and geological processes.

 
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