IAHS Workshops at IUGG 2019 in Montréal

The 27th International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly 2019 (IUGG 2019) is organized in Montréal, Québec, Canada between July 8-19, 2019. The sessions within scientific program of IAHS can be seen in this here. The full IUGG 2019 searchable scientific program is available and can be accessed through this link.

IAHS Early Career Committee complements the IAHS scientific program with 5 workshops. Although these workshops are organized by and for Early Career Scientists, they are open to everyone. Don’t forget to add them in your schedule! Please note that a pre-registration is not necessary. The workshops will be open to a limited number of participants selected on a first come-first served basis. The descriptions of the workshops are available at the end of this post.


  • Using R in Hydrology (Tue, July 9 10:00-12:00 / @Room 519A) – Conveners: Michelle Newcomer, Svenja Fischer, Kartic Bera, Tirthankar Roy

Invited speakers → Guillaume Thirel (Irstea, France): hydrological modelling and review of recent developments and future directions, Alberto Viglione (Politecnico di Torino): Monte Carlo Markov chain (MCMC) methods, and Attilio Castellarin (UoBologna): TopKriging

  • Ensemble Streamflow Forecasting and Reservoir Optimization (Tue, July 9 16:00-18:00 / @Room 519B) – Conveners: Gokcen Uysal, Michelle Newcomer, Jean N. Namugize, Kartic Bera

Invited speakers → Marie-Amélie Boucher (UoSheerbrooke): Ensemble Streamflow Forecasting, and Sara Séguin (UoQuébec): Reservoir Optimization

  • How to write and publish a paper in hydrology (Wed, July 10 10:00-12:00 / @Room 519A) – Conveners: Svenja Fischer, Giovanny Mosquera, Jean N. Namugize, Kartic Bera, Joris Eekhout

Invited speakers → Stacey Archfield (USGS), Günter Blöschl (TU Wien), and Jeff McDonnell (UoSask)

  • Hydrological Research and Practice: Where is the Harmony? (Wed, July 10 14:00-16:00 / @Room 516D) – Conveners: Nilay Dogulu, Gokcen Uysal, Honeyeh Iravani, Elzbieta Wisniewski

Invited speakers → Maria-Helena Ramos (IRSTEA), Johannes Cullmann (WMO), Anil Mishra (UNESCO-IHP), and Fabian Tito Arandia Martinez (Hydro-Québec)

  • Science Communication (Thu, July 11 14:00-16:00 / @Room 519A) – Conveners: Joris Eekhout, Honeyeh Iravani, Elzbieta Wisniewski, Tirthankar Roy, Giovanny Mosquera

Invited speakers → Hubert Savenije (TU Delft) and Stefan Uhlenbrook (UNESCO WWAP)

There will be also a Hydro Drinks ( and Dinner) event on Thu, July 11 evening. It is a social (non-sponsored) event aimed at Early Career scientists. The location will be announced during the week. Keep yourself updated via @YoungHydrology!

Please see below a list of suggested events by IAHS ECC:

  • IUGG Opening Ceremony – Wed, July 10 16:00-18:00 / @Room 517
  • IAHS UPH: Unsolved Problems in Hydrology initiative – Wed, July 10 / 18:00-20:00 / @Room 511 (*Business Meeting*)
  • IUGG Union Lecture: IAHS by Veena Srinivasan – Thu, July 11 / 11:00-11:30 / @Room 511 / Title: Bridging the Science-Policy Gap to address India’s Water Crisis: Insights from Cauvery Basin research (see full list of Union Lectures here)
  • IAHS Panta Rhei – Thu, July 11 / 18:00-20:00 / @Room 517 (*Business Meeting*)
  • IUGG Symposium “Celebrating Early Career Scientists”
  • IAHS Plenary and Award Ceremony – Fri, July 12 / 16:30-20:00 / @Room 517
  • IAHS Dinner – Fri, July 12 / from 19:00 / TBA
  • Early Career Scientists’ Symposium – Fri, July 12th &  Sat, July 13th / 13:30-15:00 & 16:30-18:00 / @Room 511
  • IUGG Awards Ceremony – Sat, July 13 18:15-20:00 / @Room 511
  • IUGG Closing Ceremony – Wed, July 17 16:30-18:00 / @Room 517

We look forward to meeting you in Montréal!

IAHS Early Career Committee
Joris Eekhout (ICCE), Tirthankar Roy (ICCLAS), Michelle Newcomer (ICGW), Kartic Bera (ICRS), Svenja Fischer (ICSH), Elzbieta Wisniewski (ICSIH), Honeyeh Iravani (ICSW), Giovanny Mosquera (ICT), Jean Namugize (ICWQ), Gokcen Uysal (ICWRS), Nilay Dogulu (Chair), Tim van Emmerik (Co-chair)

PS. A summary of Early Career Events at IAHS 2017 can be read on YHS Streams of Thought Blog.


Using R in Hydrology The workshop is geared for researchers who are interested in learning about applications of the programming language R in hydrological applications, as well as advanced R programmers wanting to hear about recent developments including new methods and packages. We will hear about relevant applications of R in hydrological research settings from a few guest lecturers. The topics will include hydrological models as well as statistical and numerical methods. The first part of the workshop will focus on a general overview of relevant R packages in hydrology, while in the second part several live demonstrations of recently developed packages will be introduced. Finally, the workshop will conclude with a case study relevant to climate and hydrological forecasting techniques.

How to write and publish a paper in hydrology Writing a scientific paper is an essential part of research, as a part of documenting outcomes of research projects or to make project results available for use in decision making. Writing and publishing scientific literature, however, is a skill that needs practice. Although many journals provide guides for authors, developing an easy-to-follow paper structure that clearly and concisely conveys the most important findings to the reader is often challenging for young researchers. This short course aims to provide guidance on key editorial considerations on paper structuration to facilitate the writing process and information delivery. Advice will be given on how to increase the chance of publishing while giving crucial tips on managing the review process by highly experienced researchers in hydrological sciences. The workshop is mainly geared for early career scientists and researchers interested in getting insights into the writing and publishing processes.

Science Communication It is becoming more and more important for researchers to communicate their science to the general public, for instance, to convince people about the importance of your research or to inform local stakeholders about research outcomes and implications. This is a step out of many researchers’ comfort zone. This workshop aims to give some practical tips and tricks on how to communicate science to the general public, leveraging the strengths of several communication channels available nowadays, such as social media, science blogs and short videos. This workshop is intended for early career researchers, but please feel free to join along as the topic is of interest to many.

Hydrological Research and Practice: Where is the Harmony?  The value of Hydrology is undoubtedly vital to the wellbeing of societies considering the complex social and physical environments that they live in. The large and diverse composition of hydrological challenges requires blending of theoretical contributions into the realms of applications on the ground for sustainable and efficient management of these challenges. Achieving the right balance of cooperation both within and between communities of science and practice can lead to impactful progress, particularly addressing the needs of societies faced with water-related hazards. While the reasons behind the relatively weak harmony of hydrological research and practice can be many-fold, the role of early career hydrologists in driving the change towards increased harmony is prominent. This workshop brings together scientists, practitioners and policymakers working in Hydrology to discuss (1) the scope and limits of harmonized efforts, (2) the existing strategies and mechanisms supportive of driving this change, (3) how early career hydrologists can contribute.

Ensemble Streamflow Forecasting and Reservoir Optimization It is getting more important to manage water resources in an efficient manner while sustaining conflicting objectives i.e. hydropower, water supply or flood mitigation under the increase in water and energy demand. Companies, governmental agencies and consultant offices need effective, practical integrated tools and decision support frameworks to operate reservoirs, cascades of run-of-river plants and related elements such as canals by merging hydrological and reservoir simulation/optimization models with various numerical weather predictions, radar and satellite data. Hydro-meteorological forecasting systems rely on the continuous observation of different variables and on models, both atmospheric and hydrologic. The typical hydro-meteorological forecasting chain involves many uncertain components. The uncertainty in hydrological forecasts originates mainly from the atmospheric and hydrologic models structures, from the initial conditions of the atmosphere and of the watershed, as well as from hydro-meteorological observations and model parameters. Ensemble forecasting aims at assessing all those uncertainties and reducing them whenever possible. This workshop will describe the general context of ensemble streamflow forecasting. It will provide the participants with an overview of several techniques for designing ensemble streamflow forecasting system and to assess their skill and reliability. In addition, it gives an overview of decision-making problems related to water resources management and introduces concepts such as risk aversion, forecasts’ utility and reservoir operations optimization. Communication between forecasters and end-users is also addressed. The workshop includes lectures, but also real-case examples of hydrological forecasting systems and serious game exercises.

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