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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.

 
World Water Day 2013 launch during World Water Week in Stockholm

27 August 2012, Stockholm • A three-hour seminar to officially launch the UN International Year of Water Cooperation and World Water Day 2013 will take place on Monday 27 August 2012 from 15:45 to 18:45 hrs during the World Water Week in Stockholm. You are warmly invited to attend! The Netherlands will host the global event for World Water Day in 2013.

 
2012 World Water Week to focus on Water and Food Security

This year’s World Water Week in Stockholm will focus on Water and Food Security. With this thematic scope and the launch of the UN International Year of Water Cooperation, including a global event for World Water Day to be hosted by the Netherlands on 22 March 2013, it promises to be an exciting event!

 
The Netherlands to host World Water Day 2013 global event

In June 2012, the Netherlands ambassador to UNESCO, Mr. Robert Zeldenrust, has informed the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova, about the willingness of the Netherlands to host the global event for World Water Day in 2013. World Water Day (22 March 2013) and the International Year of Water Cooperation are great opportunities for the different organizations active in the water sector to promote actions at all levels on subjects related to water cooperation.

 
Dr. Daniel Hillel named 2012 World Food Prize laureate
The 2012 World Food Prize will be awarded to Dr Daniel Hillel for conceiving and implementing a radically new mode of bringing water to crops i­­n arid and dry land regions — »micro-irrigation«. Dr Hillel’s pioneering scientific work in Israel revolutionized food production, first in the Middle East, and then in other regions around the world over the past five decades. His work laid the foundation for maximizing efficient water usage in agriculture, increasing crop yields, and minimizing environmental degradation.
 
Water use of forests in the Netherlands

Forests are complex ecosystems with a large variability in the horizontal as well as in the vertical space. To study the dissimilarities in water use for different forest types, the water and energy balance of five forest stands in the Netherlands were observed during periods varying from 2 years to more than 15 years. On 22 May 2012, Mr Eddy Moors succesfully defended his PhD thesis on the water use of forests in the Netherlands.

 
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