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Understanding, communicating and managing uncertainty and risk related to future changes in catchments.

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Catchment Science Centre launches website: deculverting urban rivers from around the world
added on 16 07 2012 by Clare Black
In response to the  on deculverting, a new website  has been launched by scientists from the Catchment Science Centre, Kroto Research Institute at Read more..

In response to the  on deculverting, a new website  has been launched by scientists from the Catchment Science Centre, Kroto Research Institute at the University of Sheffield providing case study details of deculverting/daylighting urban rivers from around the world.  Its aim is to spread awareness of this river restoration technique to practitioners and policy makers.

The website is aimed at those with an interest/working in environmental engineering, river restoration, urban design and landscape, SUDS, civil engineering, and social sciences. Researchers will also find it useful as it documents the projects’ goals and outcomes and links to more material. Everyone can easily add a new case study site, or submit corrections/improvements to the database.

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Land Use and Water Quality Conference Abstract Alert
added on 16 07 2012 by Clare Black
Abstract submission from July 2012. Abstract deadline:  20 October 2012 Objectives This conference aims to discuss the entire policy cycle for water Read more..

Abstract submission from July 2012. Abstract deadline:  20 October 2012

Objectives
This conference aims to discuss the entire policy cycle for water quality improvement. This cycle includes problem recognition, formulation of technical options, the process of policy development, interaction with policy makers, stakeholders and pressure groups, policy implementation, monitoring and research. This conference also aims to intensify contacts, on the one hand, between scientists with a background in natural sciences and scientists with a background in social and economic sciences and, on the other hand, between scientists, water managers and policy makers. In short, the objectives are:
–  to provide forum for exchange of scientific knowledge, research on system knowledge, modelling and uncertainty;
–  to discuss the entire policy cycle for water quality improvement;
–  to intensify contacts (a) between soil/water related scientists, agro related scientists, social scientists, ecological scientists and economists, and (b) between scientists, water managers and policy makers.

Target groups and keywords
Target groups are scientists, managers and policy makers involved in the policy cycle for water quality improvement. It includes activities characterised by the following keywords: agronomy, agro-economics, agro-sociology, water management, water policy, hydrology, aquatic ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems, unsaturated zone, groundwater, surface waters, drinking water, monitoring, modelling, water quality, nutrients, agro-chemicals.

THEMES
Contributions are solicited according to the following themes, themes A through F.

A.. Increasing system knowledge: research to increase understanding and improving modelling of the hydro(geo)logical, geochemical and biochemical reality
B.. Impact of climate change and weather variability: assessment of effect on groundwater and surface water quality and distinguishing from effect of human behaviour
C.. Assessment of national policy: assessment of effects of programmes of measures on water quality on a regional and national scale
D.. Field research and data interpretation: research (monitoring and modelling) at plot and field scale for quantifying effects of farming practices and changes in land use
E.. Managing protected areas: use of monitoring and modelling to improve water quality for drinking water supply areas and habitat and species protection areas
F.. Decision-making and implementation: role of policy, stakeholder and science in decision-making, and social and economic incentives and constraints for implementation (carrots and sticks)

For topics relevant these themes we refer to http://www.luwq2013.nl/themes_and_topics.

FURTHER INFORMATION: please feel free to contact the Organising Committee:
– Dico Fraters, dico.fraters@rivm.nl
– Karel Kovar, karel.kovar@pbl.nl

More information is on http://www.luwq2013.nl/

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Lancaster International Meeting
added on 09 07 2012 by Clare Black
It was a Hectic Week at the end of June, with the annual CCN meeting becoming an , preceded by a meeting to discuss evolving CCN into a Catchment Change Read more..

It was a Hectic Week at the end of June, with the annual CCN meeting becoming an , preceded by a meeting to discuss evolving CCN into a Catchment Change Management Hub and followed by to celebrate 20 years and 1000 citations of the first GLUE paper. Many thanks to all of those who attended and contributed to the meetings, especially to those who came a long way to Lancaster. I was pleased with the way that the CCN meeting threw together a highly eclectic group of presentations with science juxtaposed to policy, planning and practice – and performance / installation art. There were lots of ideas buzzing around, and lots of open questions about how best to engage stakeholders in the catchment change process, and how best to plan for the future. Ideas and contributions are still needed for what is needed on the Catchment Change Management Hub; for a test of hyperresolution modelling at the large catchment scale; for how to plan for change when climate change projections cannot be considered reliable and land use impacts might be more important in the shorter term; and for a comparative test of uncertainty estimation techniques. If you would like to be involved in any of these, please contact us. With all the excitement about new hardware today, it’s easy to forget that apple still has some gps phone tracker apps to www.celltrackingapps.com/ work to do on the software that our new iphones and ipads will run

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CCN 2012 International Conference
added on 04 07 2012 by Clare Black
The Final Programme with Abstracts and the delegate list  for the CCN 2012 International Conference STAKEHOLDERS, NEXT GENERATION MODELS, AND RISK Read more..

The Final Programme with Abstracts and the delegate list  for the CCN 2012 International Conference STAKEHOLDERS, NEXT GENERATION MODELS, AND RISK IN MANAGING CATCHMENT CHANGE held at Lancaster University, are available now.

CCN 2012 International Conference Programme including Abstracts

Delegate List

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Presentations for 'GLUE: 20 years on' available now
added on 04 07 2012 by Clare Black
2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the first GLUE (Generalised Likelihood Uncertainty Estimation) paper by Beven and Binley in 1992 and has, in addition, Read more..

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the first GLUE (Generalised Likelihood Uncertainty Estimation) paper by Beven and Binley in 1992 and has, in addition, just passed 1000 citations on the Web of Science. The GLUE methodology has been controversial; viewed by some as simply wrong, by others as an earlier version of Approximate Bayesian Computation, and by others as a useful way of trying to reflect the impacts of epistemic errors on complex error structures in environmental modelling. This workshop reviewed the way in which the GLUE controversy has illuminated the debate about how to assess uncertainty in environmental models, the philosophy that underlies the GLUE methodology and examples of using GLUE in practice.

Presentations for the celebratory workshop ‘GLUE: 20 years on’ held at Lancaster University, 27-28th June 2012 are now available to view.

Session 1
1.

     Keith Beven, Lancaster University, UK

2.

     Andy Binley, Lancaster University, UK

3. 

     Ida Westerberg, Uppsala University, Sweden

4.

     Phil Younger, University of Wisconsin, USA

5.

      Sarka Blazkova, T G Masaryk Water Research Institute, Prague, Czech Republic

6.  

      Bettina Schaefli, Delft University of Technology, Switzerland

Session 2
7.

      Tobi Krueger, University of East Anglia, UK

8.  

       Chiara Medici, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

9.

       William Castaings, Université de Savoie, France

10.

      Paul Smith, Lancaster University, UK

11.

      Wouter Buytaert, Imperial College, London, UK

12.

      Jim Freer, University of Bristol, UK

 

 

 

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