Category Archives: Asian G-WADI Activities

Papers in the G-WADI special issue on SCAR

G-WADI—the first decade, [PDF]

W. Mike Edmunds,Ramasamy Jayakumar,Anil Mishra,Abdin Salih,Soroosh Sorooshian,Howard S. Wheater and William Logan,2013.G-WADI—the first decade.Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions,5(1):0001~0005.

G-WADI PERSIANN-CCS GeoServer for extreme precipitation event monitoring, [PDF]

Kuolin Hsu,Scott Sellars,Phu Nguyen,Dan Braithwaite and Wei Chu,2013.G-WADI PERSIANN-CCS GeoServer for extreme precipitation event monitoring.Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions,5(1):0006~0015.

Water use efficiency in an arid watershed: a case study,[PDF]

Damaris Orphanopoulos,Koen Verbist,Alvaro Chavez and Guido Soto,2013.Water use efficiency in an arid watershed: a case study.Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions,5(1):0016~0026.

Effect of climate change on drinking water supply in Santiago de Chile, [PDF]

Gerardo Ahumada,David Bustos and María González,2013.Effect of climate change on drinking water supply in Santiago de Chile.Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions,5(1):0027~0034.

Integrated hydrologic modeling in the inland Heihe River Basin, Northwest China, [PDF]

YanBo Zhao,ZhuoTong Nan,Hao Chen,Xin Li,Ramasamy Jayakumar and WenJun Yu,2013.Integrated hydrologic modeling in the inland Heihe River Basin, Northwest China.Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions,5(1):0035~0050.

Wavelet analysis of the hydrological time series of Dalai Lake, Inner Mongolia, China, [PDF]

KeLi Jia and Jian Huang,2013.Wavelet analysis of the hydrological time series of Dalai Lake, Inner Mongolia, China.Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions,5(1):0051~0072.

Time-series analysis of monthly rainfall data for the Mahanadi River Basin, India, [PDF]

Janhabi Meher and Ramakar Jha,2013.Time-series analysis of monthly rainfall data for the Mahanadi River Basin, India.Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions,5(1):0073~0084.

Precipitation-runoff simulation for a Himalayan River Basin, India using artificial neural network algorithms, [PDF]

Ray Singh Meena,Ramakar Jha and Kishanjit Kumar Khatua,2013.Precipitation-runoff simulation for a Himalayan River Basin, India using artificial neural network algorithms.Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions,5(1):0085~0095.

Coping with water scarcity in Kashafroud G-WADI Basin, Iran: climate change or growing demands?, [PDF]

Sedigheh Torabi Palatkaleh,Niloofar Sadeghi,Kobra Estiri and Meisam Ashouri,2013.Coping with water scarcity in Kashafroud G-WADI Basin, Iran: climate change or growing demands?.Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions,5(1):0096~0108.

Climatic variations of general atmospheric circulation, precipitation and river flow of the territory of Kazakhstan, [PDF]

Vitaly Salnikov,Galina Turulina,Svetlana Polyakova,Marat Moldahmetov and Lyazzat Mahmudova,2013.Climatic variations of general atmospheric circulation, precipitation and river flow of the territory of Kazakhstan.Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions,5(1):0109~0113.

Study of Holocene glacier degradation in central Asia by isotopic methods for long-term forecast of climate changes, [PDF]

Vladimir I. Shatravin and Tamara V. Tuzova,2013.Study of Holocene glacier degradation in central Asia by isotopic methods for long-term forecast of climate changes.Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions,5(1):0114~0125.

Groundwater and surface water interactions in an alluvial plain, Tuul River Basin, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, [PDF]

Maki Tsujimura,Koichi Ikeda,Tadashi Tanaka,Lunten Janchivdorj,Badamgarav Erdenchimeg,Damdinbazar Unurjargal and Ramasamy Jayakumar,2013.Groundwater and surface water interactions in an alluvial plain, Tuul River Basin, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions,5(1):0126~0132.

Changing water regime and adaptation strategies in Upper Mustang Valley of Upper Kaligandaki Basin in Nepal, [PDF]

Prem Sagar Chapagain and Jagat K. Bhusal,2013.Changing water regime and adaptation strategies in Upper Mustang Valley of Upper Kaligandaki Basin in Nepal.Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions,5(1):0133~0139.

Assessing the impacts of climate change on water resources of a West African trans-boundary river basin and its environmental consequences (Senegal River Basin), [PDF]

Cheikh Bécaye Gaye,Moctar Diaw and Raymond Malou,2013.Assessing the impacts of climate change on water resources of a West African trans-boundary river basin and its environmental consequences (Senegal River Basin).Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions,5(1):0140~0156.

Water conservation in the Arab region: a must for survival, [PDF]

Gamal M. Abdo,Abdin M. A. Salih and Abdulmohsen Al-Sheikh,2013.Water conservation in the Arab region: a must for survival.Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions,5(1):0157~0164.

 

International workshop on remote sensing and eco-hydrology in arid regions in August 19-21, 2013, Lanzhou, China

The workshop date and venue have been changed to September 16-20, 2013, Beijing, China. (Updated Mar 27, 2013)

Water resources are precious in arid regions and severe water scarcity is the principle factor that constrains the development of local economy and deteriorates local ecology conditions. Globally, arid and semi-arid areas face the greatest pressures to deliver and manage freshwater resources. It has been estimated that by the 1990s 40% of the world’s population were suffering from serious water shortages and this is set to increase, with two-thirds of the population living under water stress by 2025.

In wake of the importance of limited water resources in maintaining ecological balance and assuring sustainable socio-economic development and the increasing conflicts of water demands between social sectors and river reaches, it demands an integrated river basin management to coordinate water uses. As in arid regions, the runoff generation and evapotranspiration consumes are strongly related to ecological processes such as vegetation spatial variations and structural dynamics, it is critical to understand the inherent laws of ecohydrological processes, quantitatively formulating the formation and consumption of water resources. For this purpose, a traditional hydrological model shall integrate ecological components and take advantage of new data sources and techniques such as remote sensing, in order to improve its predictable accuracy.

UNESCO’s programme for Water and Development Information for Arid Lands – a Global Network (G-WADI) was established in 2004 by the 15th session of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP). Strengthening the capacity to manage the water resources of arid and semi-arid areas through the established G-WADI network is one of the priorities of IHP- VII (2008-2013) ‘Water Dependencies: Systems under Stress and Societal Responses’.

Goals & Objectives of G-WADI:

G-WADI aims to strengthen the global capacity to manage the water resources of arid and semi-arid areas. Its primary goal is to build an effective global community through integration of selected existing materials from networks, centres, organizations, and individuals who become members of G-WADI. The network promotes international and regional cooperation in the arid and semi-arid areas.

Specific objectives include:

  • improved understanding of the special characteristics of hydrological systems and water management needs in arid areas
  • capacity building of individuals and institutions, matching supply with need
  • broad dissemination of understanding of water in arid zones to the user community and the public
  • sharing data and exchanging experience to support research and sound water management
  • raising awareness of advanced technologies for data provision, data assimilation, and system analysis
  • promoting integrated basin management and the use of appropriate decision support tools.

Workshop topics:

This workshop, International workshop on remote sensing and eco-hydrology in arid regions, will bring together international renowned experts and scholars from Asian G-WADI member countries in eco-hydrology and relevant fields to share their knowledge and successful strategies for integrating sustainability perspectives. The workshop will allow participants to learn from one another about the expertise, opportunities and challenges in remote sensing and eco-hydrology in arid regions.

In collaboration with Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences, also the secretariat of the G-WADI Asian Network, the workshop will be held during mid-August, 2013 in Lanzhou, a major city in Northwest China.

The workshop will include a 2-day workshop and 1-day special meeting for the Asian G-WADI network, as well as a 2-day post-workshop field visit to the Heihe river basin, which is one of pilot basins selected by G-WADI.

Workshop will be open to participants in relevant fields from Asian G-WADI member countries, including 8 Central Asian countries, i.e., Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Mongolia, as well as those from China, India, and Iran. Each country will nominate 2-3 people. We estimate 20 people from Central Asian countries and 9 from China, India, and Iran. Also, 10 international renowned scholars will be invited to deliver their keynote speaks. 4 UNESCO officials will also join the workshop and following Network meeting. Totally, we estimate 43 attendees, plus 4 volunteers to help us organize this workshop.

Workshop topics include,

a)       Eco-hydrology processes and modelling in inland basins in arid regions

b)       Integrated study of ecological and hydrological processes in inland river basins

c)       Remote sensing applications to eco-hydrology in arid regions

d)       Ecological security, water resource sustainable utilization and integrated river basin management in arid regions

List of participants:

Participants from 8 Central Asian countries, i.e., Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Mongolia, as well as those from China, India, and Iran. The Turkish fund would go to support participants from Central Asia.

 Partnership:

 Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAREERI/CAS)

UNESCO Beijing Office

UNESCO IHP/G-WADI

TIKA

Chinese Academy of Sciences

National Nature Science Foundation of China

POC:

Xin Li, Professor of CAREERI/CAS, Asian-GWADI Secretariat, lixin@lzb.ac.cn, +86-931-4967249

Zhuotong Nan, Professor of CAREERI/CAS, Asian-GWADI Secretariat, nztong@lzb.ac.cn, +98-931-4967236

Xiaoduo Pan, Assistant Professor of CAREERI/CAS, Asian-GWADI Secretariat, panxiaoduo@lzb.ac.cn, +98-931-4967961

Materials from the 4th Asian G-WADI network meeting

Representatives from the Asian G-WADI member countries (Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, and Pakistan), the Chairperson of IHP Intergovernmental Council (Prof. Soontak Lee), Authorities of the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Jihad-e-Agriculture of the I.R of Iran, representatives from UNESCO Offices (Almaty/Tehran), representatives from Iranian National IHP Committee, as well as representatives from Iranian Universities met in Tehran, Iran, on 22nd June 2011.

 

4th Asian G-WADI Meeting Statement_Final (pdf, 97KB)

4th Asian G-WADI Meeting Report-from.Tehran (pdf, 141KB)

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The 2nd Summer School on Land Surface Observing, Modeling and Data Assimilation, July 13-16, 2010, BEIJING CHINA

The 2nd summer school was held on July 13-16, 2010 in Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China. It attracted 408 international participants, including graduate students, young scholars and researchers, most coming from Asian countries. Twenty-three outstanding scientists in this field from worldwide have shared their state-of-the-art knowledge on land surface observing, modeling, data assimilation methods and associated case studies. Considering the background of participants, most speeches were delivered in Chinese. In order to help non-Chinese participants have a better understanding, simultaneous translations from Chinese to English has been offered during the entire period of summer school.

The objective of this summer school is to help more researchers, especially young scientists, get the latest information and techniques in land surface studies and data assimilation.

The summer school was followed by the 3rd Asian G-WADI Network Meeting that was held on Saturday, July 17th 2010 at the Institute of Remote Sensing Applications of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.

A photo of the 2nd summer school July BJ China
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