8 Water Research Horizon Conference | announcement

19/20 September 2017 | Hamburg – Waelderhaus

  Climate change impacts and rising adaptation needs    – Future challenges for water-related research

In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its 17 Sustainable Develop- ment Goals (SDGs). In 2016, the Paris Agreement (COP21) on climate change entered into force, addressing the need to limit global warming to less than 2 °C as well as to adapt to ongoing and future climate change. Parties to the COP21 have committed themselves to contribute to the goals by measures defined in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC). This involves major challenges for the societies and has to be based on solid scientific evidence, thereby strengthening inter- and trans­disciplinary research.

Although not directly mentioned in the Paris Agreement, water is a central element in the climate system and hence any future climate policy will have significant impacts on water. The SDGs comprehend one goal dedicated to water (SDG 6), which calls for sufficient water availability and sustai­nable management of the resource for all. In addition, water plays an important role for other SDG.

The 8th Water Research Horizon Conference therefore brings together international and national scientists from various disciplines in order to exchange most recent findings of water-related research in the context of the COP21 and SDG processes.

The focus is on understanding climate change impacts on water as well as related adaptation and mitigation needs considering the 2°C target and accomplishment of the SDG.

Accordingly, the conference addresses knowledge and methodologies as well as research challenges of climate change impact assessment and enhanced adaptation and mitigation options referring to hydro systems on different spatial and temporal scales. Main objective is the exploration of future research demands together with stakeholders also including the science-policy interface.

Presentations and discussions are organised under the following tracks and sessions:

Topics, tracks & sessions

Session series A1, B1 and C1 as well as A2, B2 and C2 run simultaneously.

  • Track A: Water quantity and quality
  • Climate change impacts on water resources and aquatic ecosystems (A1)
  • Climate change impacts on hydrological extremes (A2)
  • Track B: Water engineering and management
  • Urban water and infrastructures under climate change (B1)
  • Methods and tools for foresight and impact assessment (B2)
  • Track C: Adaptation and mitigation with governance context
  • Cross-disciplinary and sectoral adaptation and mitigation options (C1)
  • Climate change water governance (C2)

The partner country of this year’s Water Research Horizon Conference is South Africa.

Further and detailed information about the course as well as the programme (session topics etc.) of the event are now online available at the conference website!

> 8 WRHC | 3rd announcement | 06/2017 (download as *.pdf)

Ideas for input to the topics as well as first proposals for the Open Space Workshops are already welcome anytime – please contact J. Seegert.

This year’s conference include the 5th general meeting of the Water Science Alliance (on the eve of the event) and the Ritter foundation’s award ceremony!

> Conference programme | course (download as *.pdf))

The WRHC is jointly organized by the Water Science Alliance and the Climate Service Center Germany in association with Ritter-Stiftung of Deutscher Stifterverband.