Participants of the 6th IAHR Europe Congress will talk, inter alia, on how to predict floods and sustainably develop municipal water systems. The event plan includes sessions and webinars combined with discussions with the audience. Places of interest in terms of water engineering will receive awards. Over 400 specialists from 53 countries will take part in the congress online.
During the event, participants will look at the issues of climate change, extreme water phenomena, environmental hydraulics, hydraulic engineering and natural hazards. The panelists will include representatives of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Program and the World Meteorological Organization.
“This congress is a great platform for sharing ideas and talking about the research needs and the current state of knowledge in the broadly understood field of hydrology, which is practiced by specialists in various fields: geophysics, mathematics, chemistry. Researchers should work at the periphery of these areas using a variety of scientific tools to be able to look at water problems from different perspectives“He says Prof. Paweł Rowiński, vice president of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
The future of hydrological research
One of the effects of climate change will be the increasing occurrence of floods. The participants of the Tuesday session “Enhanced Flood Risk modeling” – “Uncertainty, natural hazards and risks” will discuss the factors causing floods, calculations and detection techniques. They will focus on possible aspects of improved flood risk modeling, including the use of high-resolution data to predict urban floods, the impact of climate change on flood risk, and the use of technologies such as remote sensing, improved risk representation and management in flood modeling.
“If we look at the perspectives of European hydrological research, an important issue is the good ecological status of rivers. Recent studies show that hydromorphology is an important issue in achieving it. We know how much flood protection affects rivers, but from the perspective of reducing the risk of floods, an important topic of future research will be not only our forecasts of the speed of water rise in flood plains, but also the flexibility of hydraulic systems“He says Prof. Tomasz Okruszko, Vice-Rector for studies at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences and an expert of the Advisory Team for climate crisis at the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Sustainable development is one that meets the needs of the present generation, but also takes into account the future needs of the population. During the Wednesday session “Towards sustainability in urban waters systems”, the panellists and the audience will consider proposals for actions leading to sustainable drainage of urban areas, increasing energy efficiency and use of resources. They will look at research, methodologies and algorithms that can improve the development rates of urban water systems. They will analyze energy consumption in buildings, the relationship between water and energy in urban environments and the possibilities of reusing water or optimizing water resources in cities, e.g. by power plants.