The Fundamental Issues of Global Water Security: Linking Water Security to Nature



IAHR Global Water Security Working Group 3rd Webinar on
The Fundamental Issues of Global Water Security: Linking Water Security to Nature

Monday 22 March 2021, World Water Day

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We are honored to have some of the world's top scholars and researchers in the webinar:

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Prof. Jörg Imberger

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Prof. Jay Lund

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Dr. Ellis Penning

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 Organisers and Co-chairs

Prof. Roger Falconer

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Prof. Arthur Mynett

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Following the success of the first two IAHR webinars on ‘The Business of Global Water Security’ and ‘The Science of Global Water Security’, attracting a global audience of several thousand page views each, it is timely now to focus on ‘The Fundamental Issues of Global Water Security’ and linking water security to nature and nature-based solutions. Due to climate change, population growth, increasing urbanisation etc., many lakes, rivers, wetlands and coastal basins globally are becoming more stressed from pollution, depleting water resources, global warming, increased floods and droughts, and increasing ecological and biological disruptions.

Whilst practicing water scientists, engineers and managers in regulatory authorities, water companies, consulting and contracting companies, private and public investment bodies and non-governmental organisations are focused on trying to manage water security, there is a growing need to improve water management through more and smarter use of data and nature-based solutions.  These approaches will be addressed in this webinar, focusing on managing and improving the resources and quality of water in lakes, rivers, wetlands and coastal based systems. Nature-based solutions to improve global water security will require integration across disciplines and cooperation between scientists, engineers, managers, stakeholders and private and public investors, using integrated data and modelling systems of hydrodynamics, biochemistry, ecology, morphology and socio-economic processes. To fulfil these objectives IAHR members are heavily engaged in developing and applying state-of-the-art: laboratory and field monitoring facilities and techniques, computational fluid, ecological, and sediment dynamics models, artificial intelligence tools, real-time monitoring data systems and many other activities.

This third webinar in this series of webinars being planned by the IAHR Global Water Security Working Group focuses on some of these issues, including: adaptive, real-time, self-learning technologies, validation of hydrodynamics and ecological processes in aquatic systems, including interactions between the ecology, biology and hydrodynamics, particularly in lakes, wetlands and river basin systems. This webinar will focus on framing high-level adaptive, real-time monitoring and nature-based solutions to the challenges and opportunities of Global Water Security, bringing together well-known experts in their fields from the hydro-environmental science and engineering community within IAHR and beyond. Future webinars will focus more on policy and climate change issues and SDG challenges associated with Global Water Security issues.

This third IAHR Global Water Security webinar will be held on Monday 22nd March 2021, World Water Day, 07:00-09:30 (UTC Time), 00:00-02:30 (USA Pacific Daylight Time), 08:00-10:30 (Central European Time), 15:00-17:30 (China Standard Time, Western Australian time). The session will be chaired by Professor Roger Falconer. Recording of the Webinar will be played. 

 Time in different zones

The 3rd IAHR Global Water Security webinar will be held on Monday 22 March 2021 at:

  • 07:00-09:30 (UTC Time)

  • 00:00-02:30 (USA Pacific Daylight Time)

  • 08:00-10:30 (Central European Time)

  • 15:00-17:30 (China Standard Time, Western Australian Time)

More local time can be found by clicking here.


  • Introduction (10 mins)
    Prof. Roger Falconer, Cardiff University / Hohai University

    Prof. Arthur Mynett, IHE Delft / TUDelft / NHRI

  • Improved Water Security through Connecting with Nature (45 mins)
    Prof. Jörg Imberger, University College London, UK; University of Miami, USA

  • Can Humans and Nature Both be Water Secure with a Changing Climate? (35 mins)
    Prof. Jay Lund, University of California - Davis, USA

  • Using Nature Based Solutions to address water security challenges (35 mins)
    Dr. Ellis Penning, Deltares, the Netherlands

  • Q&A (25 mins)



This webinar is sponsored by China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR), China's top national research institute on water resources and hydropower under the direct administration of China's Ministry of Water Resources. IWHR also hosts IAHR's Global Secretariat Beijing.



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