NHC2020

Programme

Monday, 10 August 2020

8:30   Registration with coffee and snacks
10:00  100 years of Hydrometeorological Service in Estonia (symposium language - Estonian); Tallinn Hall (M218)
10:00  Short Courses (mainly for students, PhD students, postDoc, early career researcher but not only; in English)
12:00-13:00  Lunch
13:00  100 years of Hydrometeorological Service in Estonia (symposium language - Estonian); Tallinn Hall (M218)
13:00  Short Courses (mainly for students, PhD students, postDoc, early career researcher but not only; in English)
15:00  Coffee break
15:20  100 years of Hydrometeorological Service in Estonia (symposium language - Estonian); Tallinn Hall (M218)
15:20  Short Courses (mainly for students, PhD students, postDoc, early career researcher but not only; in English)

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

08:00  Registration with coffee and snacks
09:00  Welcome session in Tallinn Hall (M218)
09:20  Keynote session  (2 presentations) in Tallinn Hall (M218)
10:30  Coffee break
11:00  Parallel sessions
12:30-13:30  Lunch
13:30  Keynote session
14:15  Parallel sessions
16:00  Poster session with short poster presentations in Mare building Atrium (3rd floor)

Reception/ice break

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

09:00  Keynote session in Tallinn Hall (M218)
09:45  Parallel sessions
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00  Keynote session in Tallinn Hall (M218)
13:40  Parallel sessions
15:00  NHF General Assembly
16:00  Excursions: City waters (Kadrioru park)
20:00  Conference dinner + NHF 50 anniversary at Lennusadam

Thursday, 13 August 2020

09:00  Keynote session in Tallinn Hall (M218)
09:45  Parallel sessions
11:30  Closing session and invitation to the NHC2022
12:00  Coffee break

Length of presentation: 15 + 5 minutes.

Main Themes

  • 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.

Short Courses

 

Most welcome are students, PhD students and early career researchers but not only.

All the short courses and the field course take place on August 10th. The information of rooms will appear before the conference. 


Field course in karst geomorphology and hydrology of the Kohila karst region 

Oliver Koit, Early-stage Researcher, Institute of Ecology, Tallinn University, Estonia

Nearly half of Estonia’s territory is underlain by karstified Silurian and Ordovician carbonate rocks, which host extensive shallow aquifers that contribute nearly a third of the annually abstracted domestic groundwater. In Estonia, six karst regions have been delineated, the largest of which are the Pandivere Upland and Kohila karst region. The field course takes us to some of the more spectacular and characteristic karst areas in Kohila karst region. In the field, we discuss the major aspects peculiarities of karst development and hydrology, but also essential research methods.

  • Field course fee is 35€.
  • Number of participants is limited by 15.
  • The field course lasts 10:00-17:00 (approximately). 
  • All participants will meet in the lobby of Mare building (Uus-Sadama 5, Tallinn University) at 10:00. Bus leaves in front of the Mare building after that. 
  • Lunch is included. 
  • Dress according to the weather.

Key elements of scientific writing

Bjørn Kløve, Editor-in-chief Hydrology Research, Finland, Norway

As editor-in-chief of Hydrology Research he deals daily with scientific papers in different status. He has a long experience in scientific writing and supervision of early career researchers in writing. The short course focuses on principles for writing clearly and more effectively and for efficiently conveying information to a reader. Most welcome are students, PhD students and early career researchers who are in the phase of publication writing.

  • Short course fee is 25€.
  • The short course lasts 4 hours: 10:00-12:00 and will continue 13:00-15:00

Isotope Hydrology 

Nathan D. Stansell, Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University, USA

Isotope hydrology uses naturally occurring stable and radioactive isotopic techniques to evaluate the origins of surface and groundwater and the processes within the atmospheric hydrologic cycle. Isotope hydrology applications are increasingly used in a range of environmental sciences to evaluate all dimensions of the hydrological cycle including eco-hydrology, water-use policy, water conservation, and determining sources of water pollution. This short course will evaluate stable-isotope methodologies that are being used in the study of the water cycle and climate change. We will review the natural variability of stable isotopes in the hydrosphere, and describe the chemical and physical basis of isotope fractionation. We will discuss how isotopes move through the hydrologic cycle from the oceans, the atmosphere, the biosphere, and the lithosphere. We will pay special attention to the application of stable isotope methods to evaluate recent and past climate changes in northern Europe.

  • Short course fee is 20€.
  • The short course lasts 3 hours: 13:00-15:00 and will continue 15:30-16:30
     

Communicating your science to the public

Arko Olesk, Lecturer in Science Communication, Tallinn University, Estonia

People outside academia rarely read academic papers. If you want your research results to have an impact in the society you need to find other ways to communicate with the public. But how to make sure that people will understand complicated issues and will engage with your science? The short workshop will introduce principles of public communication of science, including how to present your ideas in a clear and engaging way, and discusses the formats that are available for you to connect with various target groups.

  • Short course fee is 20€.
  • The short course lasts 2.5 hours: 15:30-18:00

Keynote Speakers

  • Tarmo Soomere (president of Estonian Academy of Sciences, Estonia). Main theme: Knowledge gaps in the interactions between hydrology, ecosystems and global change.
  • Nathan D. Stansell (Northern Illinois University, USA). Main theme: Knowledge gaps in the interactions between hydrology, ecosystems and global change.
  • Pertti Ala-aho (University of Oulu, Finland). Main theme: Hydrological and ecological modelling.
  • Brian Kronvang (Aarhus University, Denmark). Main theme: Approaches for monitoring, assessment, protection and restoration for water and ecosystem services.
  • Håkan Tropp (head, OECD Water Governance Programme). Main theme: Water policy and governance.