CAWa Training "Climate Change Impact Assessment and Hydrological Modelling"

From December 12th to 16th, 2011, a training course with focus on hydrological modelling was hold at GFZ in Potsdam. The CAWa project invited 17 specialists of the Central Asian hydrometeorological services, research institutions and water management organisations to participate in the course. This course was organized in cooperation with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Central Asia Climate Risk and Mitigation Programme, Uzbek Hydrometeorological Service and the University of Würzburg.


Climate change impact assessment and hydrological modelling

General Circulation Models (GCM) and Regional Climate Models (RCM) became indispensible scientific tools for studying the Earth’s climate system and its response to natural and anthropogenic triggers. The projections of greenhouse gas concentrations are being routinely investigated by means of climate model cascades, which finally provide regionally downscaled scenarios of meteorological characteristics. This information can be widely used to study the impacts of climate variations onto the hydrological system, but also onto agricultural, health, and other economic sectors. The response of water budget and its components such as precipitation, evapotranspiration, snow and glacier storages can be comprehensively analysed with the help of hydrological models. The projections of hydrological changes can be used as a background for discussions on the appropriate management strategies in the water sector.

Course concept

The workshop is application-oriented and teaches the participants the general understanding of the techniques for climate and hydrological modelling. A special focus is set on processing of climate model data, setup and calibration of two hydrological models and assessment of climate change scenarios. The course will also include statistical methods for data analysis and interpretation. The workshop will transfer knowledge and experience of the CAWa project partners to the experts in hydrology and water management in Central Asia. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to present and transfer to Central Asian colleagues a consistent methodological approach for assessment of hydrological changes and facilitate a unified climate change impact assessment in the region.

Participants were expected to have basic knowledge of hydrological processes and modeling and possess some experience in geographical information systems (GIS).

For details, please see the course announcement.

Contact the organizer

Stephan Duckert

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ
Potsdam, Germany

phone +49 331 288-1038