Thank You for Making the Joint Conferences a Success!
Australia’s Water Revolution
Returning an over-allocated system to sustainability while
combating the harmful effects of climate change and drought –
these are the challenges taken on by the new Murray-Darling
Basin Authority, founded in 2008. In seven years the annual
inflow of one of Australia’s largest river basins has dropped
nearly 80%. See story in The UNESCO Courier, 2009, No.3.
About the Conferences
The Sixth International Scientific Conference on the Global Energy and Water Cycle and the Second Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (iLEAPS) Science Conference were held in conjunction in Melbourne, Australia on 24-28 August 2009.
The conferences held joint sessions on three common themes with keynote talks, oral and poster presentations. This venue provided an exciting platform for presenting and discussing the latest scientific developments in the area of water, energy and biogeochemical cycles. It also provided the opportunity for cross-fertilization between the sciences represented by both GEWEX, as part of the World Climate Research Programme, and iLEAPS, as part of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme in addressing present and future climate and global change challenges.
The parallel conferences featured three joint sessions that broadly cover the following themes:
- Land in the climate system.
- Aerosol, cloud, precipitation, climate interactions.
- Future generation of integrated observation and modelling systems.
Early Career Scientists Workshop
An Early Career Scientists Workshop (ECSW) was organized by iLEAPS and GEWEX and hosted by the University of Melbourne.
Early career scientists interacted with other students, scientists and expert senior scientists. The workshop engaged students and early career scientists working within the scope of Melbourne events organized by iLEAPS and GEWEX. The event included state-of-the-art keynote talks, training, discussions and social activities.