Monday, October 29, 2018
UNESCO and the Water Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Zones in Latin America and the Caribbean (CAZALAC) have released the Atlas de Sequías de América Latina y el Caribe, or Drought Atlas for Latin America and the Caribbean. The report is available, in Spanish, at http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0026/002658/265894s.pdf.
The publication is designed to answer questions that a drought planner or manager might ask, such as, “With what frequency, or every how many years, would one expect to find oneself in a severe meteorological drought, such a one characterized by an annual precipitation less tha... Read More
Thursday, October 11, 2018
The participation of the general public in the collection and interpretation of information for research and decision-making is often referred to as citizen science. While citizen science itself has existed since the beginning of scientific practice, advances in technology detection, data processing and visualization, and communication of ideas and results are creating a wide range of new opportunities for public participation in scientific research.
The democratization of science and technology represents a great opportunity to empower communities to address issues of local interest and to e... Read More
Saturday, September 29, 2018
One of the techniques for drylands water management identified in the earliest years of the G-WADI network was for the collection and management of flood- or rainwaters to increase water availability for domestic, agricultural or ecosystem use. This approach, called “water harvesting”, has been a traditional means of storing water in the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East, North and East Africa, and the Americas for millennia. G-WADI Workshops on the topic have been held on three continents, beginning in 2005.
Most recently, the Regional Centre for Capacity Development and Research in Wate... Read More
Friday, August 10, 2018
Professor Sorooshian assisting participants with downloading real-time precipitation data for their countires. Photo credit: ICIWaRM
In arid East Africa, water is an increasingly scarce commodity. Governments in the region need better tools to manage this water, beginning with accurate estimates of rainfall in both real time and historically. The University of California, Irvine’s Center for Hydrometeorology & Remote Sensing (CHRS) has created satellite precipitation data and information systems that are useful for both purposes. G-WADI and its technical secretariat, ICIWaRM, have suppor... Read More
Friday, July 13, 2018
As part of the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, UNESCO-IHP, World Meteorological Organization, the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM) and the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) organized a side event on Hydrology towards Sustainable Resilient Societies. The event took place on July 10, 2018 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
The meeting was led by Blanca Jimenez and Anil Mishra of UNESCO IHP, and panelists and speakers included H.E. Mahmadamin Mahmadaminov Permanent Representative of Taj... Read More