Call for participation to MAIRS 2014 Open Conference

Dear colleagues,

We welcome you to present your research in the session R2-02: “Integrated study on ecohydrological processes in inland river basins”, co-chaired by Prof. Sorooshian, Prof. Dawen Yang, and Prof. Xin Li, at the Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study (MAIRS) Open Science Conference – Future Earth in Asia, April 7-10, 2014 in Beijing Friendship Hotel, Beijing, China. The web page for this conference is The conference has limited funding for young scientists from developing countries outside China. Young scientists are encouraged to submit abstracts. The detail infomation about the funding for young scientists and application form please visit the following website:

Please also see the attachments for details.

With best wishes!
Asian G-WADI secretariat
Jan 28, 2014

2014 Call for CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme for PhD Candidates from Developing Countries

CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme for PhD Candidates from Developing Countries

Call for Applications


According to a new agreement between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries, up to 140 students/scholars from the developing world will be sponsored to travel to China for PhD studies for up to four years.

This CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme provides students/scholars from developing countries (other than China) an opportunity to pursue PhD degrees at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) or Institutes of CAS around China.

Under the terms of the new CAS-TWAS agreement, travel from their home countries to China will be provided to the fellowship awardees in order to begin the fellowship in China (one trip only per student/scholar). Visa fee will also be covered (once only per student/scholar).

Thanks to generous contribution of CAS, fellowship awardees will receive a monthly stipend (including accommodation and other living expenses, local travel expenses and health insurance) of RMB 7,000 or RMB 8,000 from CAS through UCAS/USTC, depending on whether he/she has passed the qualification test arranged by UCAS/USTC for all PhD candidates after admission. All awardees will also be provided tuition waivers.

The funding duration of the fellowship is 4 years, divided into:

  • Maximum 1 year study of courses and participation in centralized training at UCAS/USTC, including 4 months compulsory courses in Chinese Language and Culture.
  • Practical research and completion of degree thesis at colleges and schools of UCAS/USTC or CAS institutes.

General conditions for applicants:

Applicants must:

  • Be maximum age of 35 years on 31 December 2014;
  • Not take up other assignments during the period of his/her fellowship;
  • Be a citizen of a developing country other than China;
  • Not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in China or in any developed country;
  • Be financially responsible for any accompanying family member.

Applicants for PhD study should also:

  • Meet the admission criteria for international students of UCAS/USTC ( or
  •  Hold a master degree before the beginning of the fall semester: September, 2014.
  • Provide evidence that s/he will return to their home country on completion of their studies in China according to CAS-TWAS agreement.
  • Provide proof of knowledge of English or Chinese language.
  • Note: Applicants currently pursuing PhD degrees at any university/institution in China are ineligible for this fellowship.

Please note:

The secretariat host, CAREERI, of Asian G-WADI is an institute affiliated with Chinese Academy of Sciences, thus it is eligible to accept PHD students with this CAS-TWAS presidential fellowship. The secretariat is glad to help potential applicants from our Asian G-WADI member countries in applying this fellowship.

Please feel free to write us at (Ms. Xiaoduo Pan), with copy to (Prof Xin Li) and (Dr. Zhuotong Nan) if you have any questions or concerns.

Please find complete information regarding this fellowship in the attached files.

2014 Call for Applications for the CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship (English)

2014 Call for Applications for the CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship_chs (Chinese)

Materials for global G-WADI and 5th Asian G-WADI meeting, Sep. 20, 2013

The 5th Asian G-WADI meeting as well as a global G-WADI meeting was held in the Foreign Experts Building, Beijing, September 20, 2013.  Total 31 participants include representative members from 9 Asian members (China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam) and Oman as well as representatives of UNESCO Offices (Bangkok/Beijing/New Delhi/Tehran/Paris/Santiago), and Prof. Abdin Salih and Prof. Soroosh Sorooshian.

Some presentations available for public can be find below.

1 G-WADI a decade – Remarks and way forward G-WADI Network from Prof. Abdin Salih (Abdin-The International Workshop on Remote Sensing and Ecohydrology in Arid Regions)

2 Sub-Saharan African G-WADI, prof. Cheikh B. Gaye (GWADISSA -Beijing1)

3 Asian G-WADI activities, Prof. Zhuotong Nan (5th asian gwadi)

4 Managing water resources in arid and semi-arid regions of Latin America and the Caribbean, Dr. Koen Verbist (MWAR-LAC_GWADI)

5 Consensual precipitation and discharge seasonal forecasts in West-Africa, Dr. Abdou ALI (AGRHYMET_GWADI_Beijing)

6 Hard rock aquifers in semi-arid region of Krishna Basin, India, Prof. S. Ahmed (EHP_ASIANGWADI)

7 Integrated water resources management in critical arid basin of Iran, Ms. S. Hoda Rahmati (Rahmati-Jafari-GWADI-final)

8 Introduction to Data Center for Cold and Arid Region Sciences, prof. Zhuotong Nan (intro to westdc)

Selected Photos:

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Global G-WADI and 5th Asian G-WADI Meeting – Statement

Representatives of the Global/Asian/African/Arab and Latin American G-WADI Regional Secretariat and Asian G-WADI members countries from 9 Asian members (China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam) and Oman as well as representatives of UNESCO Offices (Bangkok/Beijing/New Delhi/Tehran/Paris/Santiago), and Prof. Abdin Salih and Prof. Soroosh Sorooshian, Members of the Global Advisory Group of G-WADI, met in Beijing, China on 20th September 2013.

Resulting from an intensive and interactive process, the participants:

  1. Extended special thanks and appreciation to our host “CAREERI”, Prof Xin Li, Prof. Zhuotong Nan and their team, Institute of Atmospheric Physics Team and UNESCO Offices in Bangkok/Beijing/New Delhi/Tehran, for the opportunity provided to attend and benefit from the International workshop on remote sensing and eco-hydrology in arid regions and Dr William Logan, Deputy Director, International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), “under the auspices of UNESCO”, for supporting the Global G-WADI meeting along with this workshop;
  2. Underlined the urgent need for UNESCO Offices in the regions of Africa, Arab, Asia, Latin America and respective G-WADI secretariats wherever they exist, to draw-up mechanisms for effective coordination as per the attached Terms of Reference; the experience of the Asian case could be shared with other regional members for their reference;
  3. Emphasized an urgent need for an improved communication between and amongst the member states, Africa, Arab, Asia, and Latin American G-WADI secretariat, UNESCO field offices and requested establishing a communication mechanism that is efficient, frequent and dynamic. This may include an e-newsletter, and an e-discussion group.
  4. Declared their firm intention to work together to enhance the visibility and outreach of the Africa, Arab, Asia, and Latin American G-WADI networks—the existing web site of Global and Asian G-WADI could be served as model to other members—and also invite other members to use available web page facilities to contribute national/regional news and reports;
  5. Emphasized developing joint research initiatives in areas identified as common concerns for members of Africa, Arab, Asia, and Latin American G-WADI;
  6. Committed themselves as members of the Africa, Arab, Asia, and Latin American G-WADI to convince their governments and policy makers to prioritize water resources of the arid and semi-arid regions of their countries/region. This may include contacting their planners and policy makers to secure funding from governments and other bilateral funding sources for pilot basins and other activities and providing successes in this direction to the respective G-WADI secretariats and UNESCO;
  7. Called upon UNESCO Headquarters to allocate sufficient seed resources, and  to assist all  regional G-WADI Networks to generate additional resources for their activities;
  8. Requested UNESCO Regional/Cluster Offices in Africa, Arab, Asia, and Latin America to assist their respective G-WADI network to prepare in coordination with the G-WADI secretariat a plan of action on funding mechanism;
  9. Expressed its commitment to contribute to implementation of IHP VIII activities in coordination with IHP networks and regional settings, in consideration of the priority areas under the IHP VIII (2014-2021) “Water Security: Responses to Local, Regional and Global Challenges” and particularly theme III, Addressing Water Scarcity and Quality and other related themes.
  10. Welcomed the interest expressed by the Belgrade, Serbia-based Category 2 Center for “Water for Sustainable Development and Adaptation to Climate Change”, under the auspices of UNESCO, to join the G-WADI programme and, with the help of Programme Secretariat, will work to formulate its roles and responsibilities as a networking organization in Southeast Europe between now and  the next meeting;
  11. Appreciated the efforts of Asian G-WADI in jointly publishing a special issue for G-WADI in International Journal of Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions with research outputs from all regional networks;
  12. Requested CAREERI, Chinese Academy of Sciences to continue supporting the Asian G-WADI Secretariat for another three years and appreciate the desire of Iran and India to host Secretariat next term. The new management setup will be Coordinator of Asian G-WADI group from CAREERI and four Co-coordinator each one from Almaty, Beijing, New Delhi, and Tehran Cluster Countries. From UNESCO side coordinated by Mr Jayakumar with the support from Officers from Almaty, Beijing, New Delhi and Tehran UNESCO Cluster Offices.
  13. Welcomed two new member countries from Asia such as Thailand and Vietnam to be part of Asian G-WADI group now officially Asian G-WADI represented by 13 Countries (Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam) in addition requested UNESCO New Delhi to coordinate with IHP Nepal to become member for Asian G-WADI.

Beijing, P.R. China

20 September 2013


Materials of Beijing workshop 2013

The International Workshop on Remote Sensing and Eco-Hydrology in Arid Regions was successfully held on September 16-19, 2013 in the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences. The workshop attracted over 60 international participants. About 20 invited reputed experts delivered their presentations.

The materials of this workshop are available now. Please note some talks do not have the files please contact the professor directly if you are interested in his topic.

Huadong Guo, Chinese remote sensing data: Introduction and applications

Toshio Koike, Water cycle integration and analysis

Soroosh Sorooshian, Remote sensing of precipitation and use in hydrologic modeling (GWADI wkshp. Beijing- Lect 1 Hydro modeling data Soroosh Sept 16-20 2013); Regional Hydro-Climate Modeling: Study of Large-Scale Irrigation Impact (GWADI wkshp. Beijing- Lect 2 Hydroclimate modeling & irrigation impact Soroosh Sept 16-20 2013)

Ramakar Jha, Estimating Environmental Flows (EFlow) in India (Presentation-Lucknow by prof. R Jha-GWADI)

Yubao Qiu, Geo Cold Regions: An information framework for observations in Polar and Mountain areas (2013_09_16_GEO Cold Regions – Y.Qiu)

Qingyun Duan, Uncertainty quantification of land surface models (UQ of land surface models Duan)

Dawen Yang, Modeling the eco-hydrological processes in the upper Heihe River for runoff predication (201309-UNESCO-Workshop-by-YangDawen (2))

Shakeel Ahmed, Application of geostatistical methods in data collection network design and parameter estimation of underground reservoirs (Shakeel_IFCGR_NGRIHyderabad)

Kun Yang, Satellite data assimilation for hydrological studies in arid and semiarid regions, Part 1 (YangKun-Part 1-v2), Part 2 (YangKun-Part 2-v2)

Baozhang Chen, Eco-hydrological modeling based on remote sensing (Baozhang-CHEN Ecohydrological Modelling based on Remote Sensing)

Miodrag Milovanovic, Water management, droughts and climate change in South East Europe (mica beijing_Milovanovic)

William Logan, Optimal allocation of water resources between countries in the region

Xin Li, Hydrology remote sensing: Watershed remote sensing experiment on eco-hydrology in the Heihe River Basin (20130918 HiWATER Beijing)

Yaoming Ma, Tibet Plateau Environment Program (TPE-20130918IAP01)

Qinhuo Liu, Regional Remote Sensing Products for Eco-hydrological Application in Arid Regions (Regional Remote Sensing Products-20130918-V1)

Li Jia, Monitoring of evapotranspiration using microwave and optical remote sensing observations: rate limiting factors under different climate conditions (G-WADI_2013_4)

Shengtian Yang, Estimation of Rainstorm-Generated Sediment Yield in the Loess Plateau of China Based on EcoHAT (20130917Estimation of Rainstorm-Generated Sediment Yield in the Loess). Related videos: 1 parameter retrieval (1 param.retrieval), 2 water and energy module (2, 3 mass transfer (3 mass.transfer), 4 eco-watershed module (4 eco-watershed.module) and 5 model customization (5 model.custom)

Xiaoyan Li, Climate and land use/cover change and its eco-hydrological response in Qinghai Lake watershed

Lingmei Jiang, Remote Sensing of Snow using the Chinese Fengyun satellites (removed as requested by Author)

Bingfang Wu, CropWatch: Monitoring the food security using remote sensing (CropWatch Introduction_201309018)

Some photos:

1 group photo


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