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No. 09 – May 2024

The ICWRGC newsletter regularly informs on news about our activities in the field of hydrology dealing with research, data, networks, education and training as well as events at a national and international level.

Team News

Professor Dr. Lars Ribbe Appointed New Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the German IHP/HWRP committee

Prof. Dr. Lars Ribbe was nominated as the new chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German National Committee for the water programmes of UNESCO (IHP) and WMO (HWRP) due to his remarkable scientific career and his exceptional expertise in Water Science and Management....


New Staff Interview – Tinh Vu

Could you please explain your scientific background in a couple of words? For more than 15 years, I have been working continuously in the fields of hydrology and water management in different governmental organizations and universities in Vietnam, South-East Asian countries and Germany. As a lecturer, I worked for 5 years at Danang University for Science and Technology in Vietnam. …


Education News

Doctoral thesis defense of Dr. Luna Bharati’s PhD student

Dipesh Chapagain defended his doctoral thesis at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) of Bonn University on 07. August 2023. He was supervised by PD Dr. Luna Bharati from ICWRGC. Dipesh Chapaign at the Defense of his doctoral thesis with supervisor PD Dr. Luna Bharati and members of the examination commission Prof. Christian Borgemeister and Prof. Eike Lüdeling from Uni Bonn.…


Doctoral thesis defense of Ms. Abby Daniela Ortega Sandoval, supervised by PD Dr. Luna Bharati

Ms. Abby Daniela Ortega Sandoval defended her thesis on August 28, 2023 at the University of Bonn. Ms. Sandoval was supervised by PD Dr. Luna Bharati from ICWRGC since 2019 and completed her thesis at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University Bonn. Abby Daniela Ortega Sandoval at the Defense of her doctoral thesis with supervisor PD Dr. Luna Bharati…


Data News

Third session of the WMO Commission for Observation, Infrastructure, and Information Systems

ICWRGC staff members Stephan Dietrich and Philipp Saile joined the 3rd Session of the WMO Infrastructure Commission from 15th to 19th April 2024 in Geneva (Switzerland) and supported the advanced exploration on Global Hydrological Data Centers. As climate change alters the hydrological cycle, the need for comprehensive data intensifies. However, accessibility to reliable hydrological data remains limited. INFCOM made a landmark decision to enhance the role of WMO data centres in collaboration with the Global Terrestrial Network - Hydrology (GTN-H) on monitoring the global water cycle. This exploration aims to enhance interoperability within the UN system concerning freshwater observations across the entire global water cycle, contributing to more comprehensive and cohesive data management efforts.

WMO News
Decision on the report on the WMO Global Hydrological Data Centres

Global soil moisture database celebrates first year at ICWRGC/BfG

On 12 December 2022, the International Soil Moisture Network (ISMN) moved from Technical University Wien (TU Wien) to the International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change in Koblenz, Germany. The data service has already received more than 3,500 data requests for freely available soil moisture data in this first year.…


Event News

ICWRGC at EGU 2024

Once again, geoscientists from all over the world met in Vienna (Austria) for the annual General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) from 14 to 19 April 2024.
ICWRGC was represented by four scientists on site to present the Centre’s work to the scientific community and to build and deepen networks...

World Water Day 2024 – Water for Peace

The motto of this year’s World Water Day on 22 March 2024 is “Water for Peace”.
Water can be a powerful driver of peace when people work together on water-related issues. The increasing number of extreme hydrological events, such as floods and droughts, or water polution shows just a tiny section of the multitude of global change impacts. These impacts pose numerous risks to humans but also bring opportunities to foster cooperation between different national stakeholders, and maybe even more important transboundary partnership, building towards a peaceful unity.
World Water Day 2024 includes numerous activities to promote this approach, ICWRGC is participating in a number of them....

Unveiling Earth’s Secrets: The Crucial Role of In Situ Observations in Climate and Hydrological Research - ICWRGC at AGU 2023

In the complex web of earth’s dynamic systems, in situ observations of climate and hydrological variables stand as indispensable tools. From soil moisture to stream flow, these measurements provide a real-time snapshot, offering invaluable insights into the complex processes that govern our planet.
In situ observations offer a level of precision and context that satellite or remote sensing data alone cannot achieve. They enable researchers to monitor changes at a localized level, facilitating a more accurate understanding of environmental shifts and trends. To ease access to in situ observations data, several initiatives such as Global Runoff Data Centre (GRDC) for stream flow and runoff, GEMS/Water Data Centre (GWDC) for water quality, or International Soil Moisture Network (ISMN) for soil moisture have been established, serving as centralized platforms for consolidating data from thousands of ground-based stations across the globe....

Facing climate and water change impacts in Central Asia

ICWRGC and its partners, the Kazakh-German University, the UNESCO Regional Office in Almaty, and WMO hosted a workshop comprising three events in Almaty (Kazakhstan) from 16 to 20 October 2023. The workshop started with a glacier seminar “Climate Change and Glaciers – Significance and Impact on Water Resources in Central Asia – Tien Shan, Pamir and Hindu Kush Mountains”…

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