• Knowledge gaps in the interactions between hydrology, ecosystems and global change

This session will address to hydrological knowledge gaps in the field of natural and human-induced ecosystems

  • Hydrological and ecological modelling

This session will address to theoretical model development and application of existing models for study of different water-related processes now and the future

  • Approaches for monitoring, assessment, protection and restoration for water and ecosystem services

Expected discussion topic could be related to hydrological and hydro-ecological criteria what should be described and quantified for different ecosystems? What are the methods to assess the ecosystem survival and risk base levels? How assess the current management statute? Needed models and tools? Needed monitoring systems? Sensor technology, big data, modelling

  • Water and ecosystems for human well-being

Water and water-related ecosystems deliver a wide range of ecosystem services that contribute to human well-being, such as biomass, water supply, water purification and detoxification of wastes, climate regulation through sequestering and releasing a major proportion of fixed carbon in the biosphere, mitigation of climate change via flood regulation and water bodies coastal protection, recreational opportunities, tourism

  • Water policy and governance

Expected discussion topics could be related to the development of operational policy at the regional and district level of land planning, planning of foreshore areas etc. Regulations, databases, statistics, decision-making systems which are supporting the integration of water “rainbow” (i.e. blue, green, grey etc water) to the clean water and sustainable ecosystem services of aquatic ecosystems,  agroecosystems, forest ecosystems, grassland and terrestrial wetland ecosystems.