The 4th School is finished
The 4th School is finished. Due to the COVID pandemic it was organised in a mixed format, with some audience in the auditorium of the Water Problems Institute in Moscow (of course with all necessary precautions), and the much larger online component. Due to travel restrictions the lectures had to be given online.
There were 476 registered participants from 65 countries, and such a high number was a pleasant surprise for us.
The following lectures have been given:
The elasticity of streamflow to climate variables, Professor Vazken Andreassian (INRAE, France);
Data or models, where do we have to improve to get better hydrological model results? Professor Andras Bardossy (University of Stuttgart, Germany);
Flood disaster in Japan and Asia, case study and potential impact of climate change, Yukiko Hirabayashi (Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan);
Climate of the past and present, and its hydrological relevance, Professor Demetris Koutsoyiannis (The National Technical University of Athens, Greece);
Climate variability impact on intense precipitation and floods, Professor Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland);
Runoff generation processes and how to develop a perceptual model for numerical watershed modeling, Professor Jeffrey McDonnell (University of Saskatchewan, Canada);
Operational perspective on sub-seasonal forecasts, Professor Florian Pappenberger (Director of Forecasts, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), UK);
Using Advances in Hydrological Science to Conceptualise and Parameterise Hydrological Process Models in Data Poor Basins, Professor John Pomeroy (Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan, Canada);
Mega-trends in the Growth of Hydrologic Understanding: From Newton to Darwin to Wegener, Professor Murugesu Sivapalan (University of Illinois, USA);
Advances in Quantitative Precipitation Estimation and Forecasting for Hydrological Applications, Professor Remko Uijlenhoet (Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands);
Using Classification and Similarity for Global Hydrological Prediction, Professor Ross Woods (University of Bristol, UK);
Flood and adaptation strategies in China, Professor Yueping Xu (Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China);
Hydrological modeling in the era of big data: process-based versus data-driven models, Professor Yi Zheng (Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China).
Our gratitude goes to these top experts who found time in their busy schedule to present at the School, sometimes in the early morning or late in the evening due to large time differences. Their presentations were brilliant, well-prepared, igniting and thought-provoking.
We are now receiving positive feedback from many participants, and this gives us an indication that the School was really useful and has already pushed young scientists to develop new ideas and will lead to new avenues in research.
Many thanks to our support team that ensured technical and logistical support:
Belyakova Pelagiya, Fedorova Tatyana, Kalugin Andrey, Millionschikova Tatyana, Moreido Vsevolod, Novikova Eugenia, Sazonov Alexey, Svetlanov Georgy.
We would like to express our gratitude to the Russian Science Foundation that provided financial support for the four Schools organised in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Please visit the School website where you can find the links to all recorded lectures on YouTube.
We wish all participants success in all their undertakings.
Take care, stay safe.
Alexander Gelfan, Director of Water Problems Institute,
Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and
Dimitri Solomatine, Professor and Chair of Hydroinformatics,
IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and Delft University of Technology