Second Summer School on Land Surface Observing, Modeling and Data Assimilation

28 July 2010

The 2nd Summer School on Land Surface Observing, Modeling and Data Assimilation was successfully held in Beijing, China in August, 13-16 July 2010 at Beijing Normal University.

The summer school focused on the following four topics: remote sensing and other data products, land surface and distributed hydrological modeling, data assimilation methodology and applications of data assimilation in hydrology, agriculture and ecology.

During the Summer School a group of distinguished world-leading scientists were invited to give lecturers. Through a series of lectures UNESCO would like to help young researchers from many Asian countries to get the latest information and techniques in land surface studies and data assimilation.

More than 400 young researchers from Asia region took part in the Summer school. UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office supported participation of three young scientists from Central Asia. The Central Asian participants from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan will distribute materials of the summer school and share new knowledge in home institutions. CD with relevant lectures and presentations is available in the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office.

A special event of Asian G-WADI network (Water and Development Information for Arid Lands - Global Network) took place on July 17, 2010 in Beijing, and the members of Asian G-WADI presented the country reports on the pilot basins to facilitate further joint studies and exchange of information on the interested topics.

A GWADI strategic objective is to strengthen the global capacity to manage water resources in arid and semi-arid areas. Its primary aim is to build an effective global community through integration of centers, organizations and individual scientists involved in activities on water management and hydrological research. Core objectives of the Asian G-WADI network are to jointly work on research, communication and application of research, capacity building and knowledge management in pilot basins in Asia region.

For additional information about Asian G-WADI and pilot basins please contact the Secretariat located in Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, with prof. Dr. Xin Li, e-mail: lixin(at)lzb(dot)ac(dot)cn; nztong(at)lzb(dot)ac(dot)cn or contact UNESCO Almaty Cluster office.

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