We are pleased to inform you that UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme co-organizes from 6 to 9 November 2018 the 8th Global FRIEND-Water Conference in Beijing, China in 2018. The IHP Secretariat would appreciate if you circulate this information among your networks.
The conference shall help in identifying solutions for the the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and particularly water related targets, by improving the knowledge base on multidisciplinary approaches for evidence-based decision-making. This 8th Global FRIEND-Water Conference conference is expected to gather more than 300 water scientists from all over the world drawing from the eight FRIEND networks. Abstracts for this global conference can be submitted until 30 April 2018 via the website of the conference http://8thfriendwater.iwhr.org/40?lang=en
The FRIEND-Water initiative (Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data) is an international research programme that helps to set up regional networks for analyzing hydrological data. It aims to develop better understanding of hydrological variability and similarity across time and space, through the mutual exchange of data, knowledge and techniques at the regional level. The advanced knowledge of hydrological processes and flow regimes gained through FRIEND-Water helps to improve methods applicable in water resources planning and management. FRIEND-Water is a cross-cutting initiative that interacts with all six core IHP-VIII themes.
A generic overarching scientific objective has been to improve the understanding of the similarity and hydrological variability across different regions of the world, and to share models and techniques between countries, organizations and researchers. The current research covers a diverse range of topics including low flows, floods, variability of regimes, rainfall/runoff modelling, processes of stream flow generation, sediment transport, snow and glacier melt, climate change and variability and its uncertainties, and land-use impacts.
FRIEND-Water also provides support to researchers and operational staff of hydrological services in developing countries, thereby contributing to their capacity to assess and manage their own national water resources. It thus contributes to the goal of providing a reliable supply of freshwater to the world’s poor.