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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CAS visiting scholarship for scholars from developing countries

Dear Asian G-WADI members,

Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) visitor scholarship is available for all our Asian G-WADI member countries.  This scholarship is specially to support scholars from developing countries to have a short-term collaborative work with CAS member institutes (including Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAREERI/CAS), which is the host institute of secretariat of Asian G-WADI).

To apply this scholarship, below steps are advised,

  1. Contact a professor of CAS (Chinese partner) to express the interest and find out a potential collaborative research subject. (Asian G-WADI members of  interest could contact Professor Xin Li ( and Professor Zhuotong Nan ( of CAREERI/CAS)
  2. Fill up Application forms, which include a recommendation form in Chinese to be completed by the Chinese professor and an application form in English to be completed and signed by the applicant)
  3. Prepare necessary materials including passport copy, CV, copy of  Ph.D degree diploma attained, and publications in late 5 years.
  4. The Chinese partner should fill up other necessary paperwork and then submit to the CAS .

Scholarship types,

  • A. Postdoctor fellowship, two years.
  • B. Short-term visiting scholar, 3-6 months.


  • Type A, same as national postdoctor admission requirements. With Ph.D degree, usually younger than 40 years old
  • Type B, with Ph.D degree, over 5 years working experience, outstanding in his/her own field.


  • Postdoctor, 150 thousand RMB (Chinese Yuan) per year, plus 15 thousand RMB for an international roundtrip
  • Short-term visiting scholar, 22 thousand RMB per month, plus 15 thousand RMB for an international roundtrip

Important dates,

  • Start date, March 25, 2013
  • Due date, April 12, 2013

The doc file, including the recommendation form in Chinese and the application form in English, is attached for reference.

recomm_appli_forms_chs_en (Word, 28KB)