- From complexity to certainty: how does hydrological science inform decision makers?
Session 1 - Hydrology on the edge: research at the interface between hydrology and ecology
Ecohydrological research is growing in international prominence and is critical for tackling some of the most pressing environmental challenges currently facing society.
This session will focus on this developing field, examining the bi-directional feedbacks and interactions between ecological and hydrological processes within both river and terrestrial ecosystems.
Session 2 - Hydrohazards; hydrology of the extremes (droughts and floods)
Water-related hazards (hydrohazards) are the results of complex interactions in the ocean atmosphere-land system process cascade.
Despite serious impacts on the environment and socio-economic life, grand challenges remain in understanding, predicting and managing such floods and droughts
Session 3 - Water resources management within an uncertain climate
Increasing pressure is being placed on global water resources. Providing the necessary water for homes and business whilst limiting impacts on the wider catchment under a changing climate requires a detailed understanding of catchment hydrological function, its future response to a changing climate and innovative approaches to maximise water extraction.
Session 4 - Water quality responses to environmental change?
Contamination pressures on water quality are increasing with global environmental change, providing substantial risks for water resource management and ecosystem services.
Hydrologists, regulators and industry today have to manage water quality threats resulting from a complex legacy of (often interacting) point source and diffuse pollution as well as the emergence of new contaminants such as pharmaceuticals and human care products or the contamination risks associated with unconventional energy sources.
These new challenges require innovative solutions to monitor, model and predict water quality responses to changing environmental conditions, including changes in water demand and resource management.
Session 5 - Urban hydrology
Urbanisation has a profound effect on the hydrological cycle with significant implications for the quantity and quality of urban river flows.
This session will consider recent research on urban river flow extremes and river- water quality, looking at the importance of surface-water – groundwater interaction and opportunities for urban river and floodplain restoration.
- Evaluating the success of urban stream restoration on hyporheic exchange and nutrient retention
- Nutrient Processing and Floodplain Connectivity Following Restoration in Urban Streams
- Identifying controls on stormflow, nutrient and carbon export from urban watersheds in the Southeastern U.S. with Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS)
- Influence of stormwater management structures on denitrification activity in urban streams in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Session 6 - Water governance
Despite increased recognition that patterns of water use and extraction often extend beyond national and regional boundaries, there remains little consensus on how water governance should change to address what are invariably shared hydrological challenges.
This session invites contributions on this topic, as well as papers more broadly conceived addressing the political, administrative, and socio-economic processes and institutions by which decisions are taken to manage water resources in the developed and developing worlds.
- Governance, hydrology and catchment science – what’s the connection?
- Investigating water allocation policies using hydro-economic models – Applications to English water abstraction licensing reform
- Challenges in assessing river flow requirements for juvenile Atlantic salmon
Session 7 -Hydrological data; advances in its collection, analysis and distribution
Considerable advances have been made in the collection analysis and distribution of data which provides the foundation of hydrological research, offering the potential to advance our understanding of key hydrological systems.