7th Asian G-WADI Meeting cum Workshop at CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, India 

7th Asian G-WADI Meeting cum Workshop

at CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, India

with the support of National Institute of Hydrology & IHP Indian National Committee (Ministry of Water Resources, RD-GR, Govt. of India), Roorkee, India

November 26-30, 2017, Hyderabad, India



Safeguarding Water Resources in Semi-arid regions through Integrated Management

G-WADI, a global network on Water And Development Information for arid lands (www.gwadi.org) is a and flagship program of UNESCO. Under this program, a number of regional network have been established and Asian G-WADI (http://asian-gwadi.westgis.ac.cn) was formed during 2004 with its first secretariat in India at National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee with initially 3 countries, India, Iran and China. As far as water is concerned, arid and semi-arid countries face the most challenges in managing this resource. Thus such network was created to learn from each other’s experiences and adopt best practices through this network for a successful water management. Annexure 1 provides detailed objectives and Annexure 2 its further details on the member countries and pilot basins etc. At present 13 countries have joined the network of Asian GWADI.

Under this program, a few representative areas have been selected for detailed study so that findings could be shared, discussed, improved and implemented in the best possible way. A series of meetings are therefore, held in the member countries to discuss the progress in the study as well as advances in the field of water sciences. The 1st meeting of Asian G-WADI was held in Roorkee, India during 2004 and since then 5 subsequent meetings were held in China and Iran where annual or bi-annual progress have been discussed.

We have recently celebrated very well the progress of the network in more than a decade in Beijing, China organized by the CAREERI and CAS, Peoples Republic of China. Now we have to march faster and up-scale most of the knowledge gained in different environments. The Asian GWADI has also grown bigger and have the advantage of inclusion of the study areas from a variety of agro-climatic and geological regions. Thus next and 7th meeting is proposed in India with following objectives.

  1. GWADI has established very well with the working knowledge on the applications of Remote Sensing, Rainfall-runoff relations as well as surface water dynamics including Climate Change. However, the knowledge on the groundwater system has been lacking behind although, groundwater works very well as a risk saver if we adopt integrated water resources management. At the same time a large number of uncertainties are associated with groundwater due to inherent variability.
  2. We have overcome this uncertainty to a greater extent by obtaining a 3D continuous picture of the subsurface in the form of Aquifer Mapping using airborne geophysical investigations.
  3. However, rainfall that is source of water has been greatly affected by the Climate Variability and has further added the uncertainties. The impact on groundwater is very well established and observed. Groundwater is most affected due to Climate Change in the form of erratic rainfall, increase in temperature, sea level rise etc.

Now under the changing climate scenarios and with an enhanced knowledge of sub-surface, the estimates of all components of groundwater cycle need to be revisited and bring out an improved or modified methodologies for the same. This is urgently required as this will greatly affect the planning as well as sustainable management.

This is why a workshop is proposed in the form of next Asian GWADI meeting at the CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, India to learn from the working experience in different agro-climatological regions and bring out a revised document embedded with improved and stochastic estimates under Climate Changed scenarios.

UN-SDG may be successful only if we reduce the uncertainty of the estimates of the groundwater fluxes that have been changed considerably due to Climate variability.

The expected Number of participants is 45 (with 19 from abroad from the member countries, experts and UNESCO officials).

The outcome of this meeting will bring out a document that includes the guidelines to improve and test the methodologies to estimate various fluxes of the groundwater system for an Integrated Water Resources Management and test them in well-studied watersheds to bring out the finalized recommendations by a working group.



UNESCO Contact: Mr. Ram Boojh (r.boojh@unesco.org) and Ms. Elesabeth Vasu (e.vasu@unesco.org), UNESCO, New Delhi Office, 1, San Martin Road, New Delhi, India


Local Contact in Hyderabad:  Dr. Shakeel Ahmed, Chief Scientist,

CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute,

Hyderabad-500007, India

Ph: +91 40 27012857 & 27012646 Fax: +91 40 27012647

Mobile: +91 9849919496

Emails: shakeelifcgr@gmail.com & shakeelahmed@ngri.res.in

Training workshop materials on Water resource management and sustainable development strategies in arid regions of Central /Western Asia under climate change


1.Sustainable Water Resources Management

2.The Sino-Swiss project_s

3.Groundwater overpumping and control

4.Introduction Groundwater Game

5.Groundwater Modelling

6.PMWIN Example

7.Heihe Groundwater Model_new_s

8.Yanqi Basin

9.Irrigation Calculator




12.workshop-Pan He

13.Water cycle Concept and integrated observation 20170917_part 1

14.Water cycle Concept and integrated observation 20170917_part 2

15.Water cycle Concept and integrated observation 20170917_part 3

16.Water cycle Concept and integrated observation 20170917_part 4

17.satellite observation on snow

18.Ecological and Environmental Monitoring_part1

18.Ecological and Environmental Monitoring_part2

19.Multi-source data Synergized Quantitative remote sensing production system

20.Assessing ecological data in China


The training workshop on Water resource management and sustainable development strategies in arid regions of Central /Western Asia under climate change sponsored by  Ministry of Science and Technology of the People´s Republic of China and the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agent (SDC) will be held at Lanzhou on September 16-30, 2017. The diet, accommodation and international airline tickets of trainees will be covered by local organization committee and SDC. The more detail please refer to the following info:

Time:September 16-30, 2017

Working Language:English

Water scarcity and ecological deterioration problems have become more severe in arid regions in both Central Asia and China’s northwest inland river basins, due to climate change and intensified human activities. The similarity of climate, geological features and water usage between Central Asia and Norwest of China has made it possible to extend our knowledge and experiences of integrated water resources management from years of studies in Heihe river basin to other inland river basins in Central Asia. This will not only benefit scientists and experts from all these countries to learn from each other but also intensify the existing exchanges among the scientific communities so as to benefit much a larger society.

The purpose of this training workshop is targeted at providing knowledge and experiences of integrated water resources management and sustainable development under climate change for young scientists and experts in Central Asian countries. The training will be provided by the Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, CAS and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. The workshop will cover a wide spectrum of topics related to sustainable water resources management in arid regions, including remote sensing technology, eco-hydrological modelling, optimization of the water resources allocation, integrated surface and groundwater modeling, real-time data assimilation for modeling tools, real-time monitoring , modeling and controlling system for groundwater management, and management decision support system for inland river basins.


Date Program and events
Morning Afternoon Evening
2017-9-16 Arrival in Lanzhou Workshop registration Dinner
2017-9-17 Openning speaches of the workshop NIEER’s lectures and Tutorial on Heihe Remote Sensing product (XL)
WK: Sino-Swiss cooperation on “Rehabilitation and management strategy of over-pumped aquifers in a changing climate”
2017-9-18 Sino-Swiss cooperation lectures: Tutorials (WK, YL, BM, LW, HW)
WK: Sustainable groundwater management (0.5 hour) Grounwater game play (3 hours)
WK: Groundwater overpumping and its control (1 hour)
WK & YL: Water balance of Heihe river basin (1 hour)
YL: Introduction to the groundwater game (0.5 hour)
2017-9-19 Sino-Swiss cooperation lectures (WK & BM) Tutorials (WK, LY & BM)
WK: Groundwater modelling (1 hour) GW modelling excises (WK & BM, 1.5 hours)
WK & BM: Heihe groundwater modelling and data assimilation (1.5 hours) YL: Heihe App for water allocation (1.5 hours)
YL: Introduction to the Heihe ShinyApp (0.5 hour)
2017-9-20 Sino-Swiss cooperation lectures: Tutorials (TS & BL)
TS: Irrigation calculator: principles setup and applications (0.5 hour) Irrigation calculator application (TS, 1 hour)
TS: Heihe runoff prediction: principles and applications (1 hour) DischargeApp application to a small canal (BL: 2 hours)
HL: Groundwater level monitoring in China and Heihe river basin (1 hour)
BL: Discharge App, principles, setup & operation (1 hour)
2017-9-21 Sino-Swiss cooperation lectures Tutorials (WK, YL, LW, HW)
WK & YL: Yanqi Basin Box Model (1 hour) Water allocation planning with the box model (WK & YL, 2 hours)
YL: Multi-ojective optimization (1 hour)
2017-9-22 PH: Groundwater management in China: current situation and challenge (1 hour) (XL) CAS lectures and Tutorial on Remote Sensing product (QL)
CAS lectures and Tutorial on Remote Sensing product (QL)
2017-9-23 Discussion Panel: Central/West Asian water resources problems, each participants 5-10 min presentation Discussion Panel: possible approaches and solutions for improving Cenral Asian water resources management
2017-9-24 Break
2017-9-25 Traveling to Zhangye, and arrival in Zhangye
26-28/09/2017 Visit Luotuocheng Groundwater smart card system and surface canal monitoring stations, DischargeAPP demonstration, NIEER monitoring stations, groundwater level monitoring system etc.
2017-9-29 Travel back from Zhangye to Lanzhou
2017-9-30 Training certificate issuing Departure from Lanzhou
XL: Xin Li
WK: Wolfgang Kinzelbach
QL: Qinhuo Liu
HL: Haitao Li
YL: Yu Li
BM: Beatrice Marti
BL: Beat Lüthi
TS: Tobias Siegfried
HW: Haijing Wang
LW: Lu Wang
PH: Pan He

Organizer: Northwest Eco-Environment and Resources Institute, CAS

Coorganizer: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich

Chairman: Prof. Xin Li

Tel: 0931-4967249

Fax: 0931-4967250

E-mail: lixin@lzb.ac.cn

Address: Lanzhou

Postcode: 730000

Global Conference “G-WADI more than a decade enhancing water and sustainable development for arid regions”

After a decade of actions, the G-WADI global network held a commemorative Conference to highlight its 10 years’ achievements and  focused on preparing the new goals and agenda for the coming years. The theme of the Conference was: “G-WADI: More than a decade enhancing water and sustainable development for arid regions”. The Global Conference was held in the Foreign Experts Building, Beijing, October 25-27, 2016. The lecture materials and photos can be downloaded via the following linkages:

Dr Wouter Buytaert, Imperial College, Presentation of the G-WADI strategy position paper

Dr Abdou Ali, Agrhymet, G-WADI Sub-Saharan African Secretariat

Dr Gabriel Mancilla, CAZALAC, G-WADI LAC Secretariat

Dr Nikola Zlatanovic, Institute for the Development of Water Resources, G-WADI Southern European Secretariat

Dr Xiaoduo Pan, Chinese Academy of Sciences, G-WADI Asian Secretariat

Prof Abdin Salih, University of Khartoum, Sudan, Outcomes of the G-WADI Advisory Committee Meeting 17-18 February 2016 in Khartoum

Prof Shakeel Ahmed, CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, India, Contribution of advanced geophysics in ascertaining groundwater sustainability in semiarid crystalline rock aquifers in India

Dr Koen Verbist, UNESCO-IHP (TBC)

Prof Soroosh Sorooshian, University of California, Irvine, USA

Prof Howard Wheater, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Prof Cheikh Becaye Gaye, Department of Hydrology, University of Dakar, Senegal

Ms Pauline Mufeti, Namibia Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Namibia

Dr Yi Zheng, Peking University & South University of Science and Technology of China

Dr Mohammad-Hossein Jafari, Khorasan Razavi Regional Water Authority, Iran

Dr Gil Mahe, FRIEND, HSM, France

Dr Ali Chavosian, IDI, RCUWM, Iran

Prof Filomeno A. Marchena, Advisor Sustainable Water Technology and Innovation WEB Aruba NV, Aruba

Dr Anthony Kiem, from the University of Newcastle, Australia, Supplementing the instrumental record with palaeoclimate data, climate model data and satellite data to improve understanding and management of drought in Australasia

Prof Liu Cheng, ISI, IRTCES, China

Ms Daniela Benedicto van Dalen, IGRAC, The Netherlands

Prof Qingyun Duan, Beijing Normal University

Prof Dawen Yang, Tsinghua University

Prof Qinhuo Liu, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), CAS

Prof Li Jia, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), CAS

Prof Toshio Koike, ICHARM, Japan

Prof Xin Li, CAREERI, CAS, China

Dr Wouter Buytaert, Imperial College, UK

Dr Juan Carlos Centeno Alvarez, National Water Commision of Mexico

Dr Shakeel Ahmed, CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, India, SDG for Water is achievable with scientific inputs and decision making byfarmers with Agri-change

Dr Yi Zheng, Peking University & South University of Science andTechnology of China

Dr Lars Ribbe, Institute for Technology and Resources Management (ITT), IntegratedLand and Water Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics, Germany. Water security and climate extremes – bringing big data into action


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Mike Edmunds Passed away – One of the founding Father of the G-WADI programme

Professor-Mike-EdmundsDear colleagues
I am very sad to inform you that Prof. Mike Edmunds Passed away yesterday. Mike was a true friend of UNESCO IHP for many years and one of the founding fathers of the G-WADI programme.
He attended and provided leadership to one of the recent G-WADI meeting in Serbia in December. His role was instrumental to establish G-WADI regional networks in Asia, Africa, LAC, Arab region and recently in Europe. More recently with Will Logan he was contributing to update Isotope tracers in G-WADI site.
Will miss Mike as a scientists a friend and true believer of IHP programme.

Best regards,

In Memoriam: Professor W. Mike Edmunds


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