Following the success of the four IAHR webinars on 'The Business of Global Water Security', 'The Science of Global Water Security’, ‘The Fundamental Issues of Global Water Security' and 'The Challenges of Global Water Security', followed by our fifth webinar, held jointly with the World Water Council, and entitled 'Global Water Security post Covid-19', we are pleased to report that these five webinars have already attracted a global viewing audience of over 40,000. It is now timely for IAHR to focus more on 'The Challenges of Global Water Security: Using Hydroinformatics to Obtain Solutions'. Due to climate change, population growth and increasing urbanisation, many of the world’s river and coastal basins are becoming more water stressed, particularly in terms of increasing floods and droughts, depleting groundwater resources, increasing health risks from water pollution, increased opportunities for insects to bread through the water system and spread life-threatening diseases etc. In tackling these challenges, new monitoring tools and modelling techniques continuously being developed and used to make river, coastal and groundwater systems more resilient to the rapid changes as outlined above.
Water scientists and engineers in the practitioner communities, including: regulatory authorities, water companies, consulting and contracting companies, non-governmental organisations etc., are regularly involved in trying to manage water security, in terms of delivering sufficient good quality water for society's needs. In addressing this challenge they have to deal increasingly with climate change induced water hazards, in the form of floods, droughts, groundwater depletion, pollution, transmission of infectious diseases etc. In addressing these challenges new and improved tools are continuously becoming available in the form of novel hydroinformatics software and improved data gathering hardware and analysis software, including satellite data, drones, robotics, AI etc. These tools are increasingly being used to provide improved predictions of the hydrodynamics, biochemistry, ecology, morphology, to mention but a few. This webinar will focus on recent developments in the field and will be of interest to IAHR members who are heavily engaged in developing and applying state-of-the-art: informatics software and using novel monitoring tools for data acquisition, and software tools to analyse the big data increasingly being obtained for current hydro-environmental projects and studies.
This sixth webinar in this series therefore focuses on some of these issues, including: adaptive real-time data monitoring for hydrodynamics, ecological management, infectious disease transmission etc., and particularly in water and wastewater systems. This sixth webinar in the series of webinars planned by the IAHR Global Water Security Working Group, will focus on framing high-level hydroinformatics solutions to the challenges and opportunities of Global Water Security, bringing together experts in their fields from the hydroinformatics science and engineering community within IAHR. Future webinars will focus more on flooding resilience, groundwater depletion and droughts, and coastal reservoirs for water supply, all of which are becoming increasingly challenging in terms of addressing Global Water Security issues.
This sixth IAHR Global Water Security webinar will be held on Wednesday 16th March 2022, 16:00-18:30 (China and Australian Time), 09:00-11:30 (Central European Time), 08:00 and 10:30 (UTC or GMT) and 24:00—02:30 (West Coast USA Time previous day). A recording of the Webinar will be played -----