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Easy Like Water

In the Bangla language, ‘easy like water’ translates roughly to 'piece of cake.' The irony is that in Bangladesh, with 160 million people in a country the size of Wisconsin, water poses a relentless threat. With stronger cyclones and accelerating glacier melt upstream, flooding may create 20 million climate refugees by 2050. A documentary film.

 
Water Challenges and Cooperative Response in the Middle East and North Africa

Based on a meeting at the Stimson Center, Washington, USA, May 2012, the Brookings report «Water Challenges and Cooperative Response in the Middle East and North Africa» first provides a brief overview of available water resources in the Middle East and Northern African region. It then discusses the salient socio-economic and environmental stresses and trends that will drive and condition water supply and demand over the coming decades. Next, the report sketches prevailing water management approaches that are being developed or might be brought to bear.

 
Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies in the Yellow River Basin

A new UNESCO report covers ancient and modern climate change, impacts of climate change on water resources, ecosystems and socio-economy in the Yellow River Basin.

 
The Historical Evolution of the Water Resources Development in the Jordan River Basin in Jordan

Within the scope of IWMI’s «Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture» a comparative study of the historical development of nine selected river basins around the world is conducted, aimed at the improvement of rural development through agricultural water use strategies in developing countries. The report on «The Historical Evolution of the Water Resources Development in the Jordan River Basin in Jordan» is a contribution.

 
Measuring glacier change in the Himalayas

A serious lack of reliable and consistent data severely hampers scientific knowledge about the state of Himalayan glaciers. As a result, the contribution of glacial melt to the Himalayan river basins remains uncertain. This is of grave importance because declining water availability could threaten the food security of more than 70 million people. There is thus an urgent need to improve cross-boundary scientific collaboration and monitoring of glaciers to bridge the knowledge gap and allow policy options to be based on appropriate scientific evidence.

 
World Water Week 2012 from a young professional’s perspective

Ms Emma Lupton, working on her Msc in Environmental Technology and Water Management at Imperial College London, provided us with her perspective on this year’s World Water Week in Stockholm.

 
Informing groundwater models with near-surface geophysical data

Over the past decade geophysical methods have gained an increased popularity due to their ability to map hydrologic properties. Such data sets can provide valuable information to improve hydrologic models. Instead of using the measured geophysical and hydrologic data simultaneously in one inversion approach, many of the previous studies apply a Sequential Hydrogeophysical Inversion (SHI) in which inverted geophysical models provide information for hydrologic models. A PhD thesis (2012) by Daan Herckenrath.

 
Water balance of global aquifers revealed by groundwater footprint

Groundwater is a life-sustaining resource that supplies water to billions of people, plays a central part in irrigated agriculture and influences the health of many ecosystems. Most assessments of global water resources have focused on surface water, but unsustainable depletion of groundwater has recently been documented on both regional and global scales. It remains unclear how the rate of global groundwater depletion compares to the rate of natural renewal and the supply needed to support ecosystems. The groundwater footprint is the first tool suitable for consistently evaluating the use, renewal and ecosystem requirements of groundwater at an aquifer scale.

 
Climate change, water stress, conflict and migration – new publication

The presentations during the conference on climate change, water, conflict and migration, held on 21 September 2011 in The Hague, the Netherlands, have been bundled as papers. The publication is freely available for download.

 
WIPO evaluates its water reports

The UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is evaluating its reports on water through a survey which results will feed into the Member States discussions of whether a next phase should be approved. WIPO aims to see how the reports have been used and if they contain useful information. Topics: membrane filtration and UV water treatment, and desalination.

 
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