CGSS 2012

Chinese-German Summer School: Climate and eco-hydrological modelling for integrated water resources management. 3.-15. Sept. 2012 in Urumqi, China
September 2012 until September 2012
71.440 € funded by Chinesisch-Deutsches Zentrum für Wissenschaftsförderung, China:
Frank Wechsung
PIK number / OEH

Climatic change research and its impact on water resource-ecosystem regime are very interesting topic both in China and Germany. For a long term, the scientific community aimed at a quantitative description of nature with mathematical, physical and chemical equations, as well as models (climate and eco-hydrology…). Nowadays, we realize that only a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches roofed under theoretical concepts have the ability to understand and explain complex natural systems. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) are both leading institutions (within their regions and beyond) in the development and implementation of different methods/tools to detect, assess, and analyse climate change impacts and vulnerabilities. This summer school is intended as follow-up workshop to the “Integrated modelling and assessment for water resources management” summer school that took place at Wandlitz, Germany, 28th August – 4th September 2011.

The summer school will provide an overview of climatological and hydrological modelling issues but also aims at toughening up its participants for self-reliant set-up and operation of two core models: the statistical downscaling and scenario model for regional climate, STAR and the spatially semi-distributed eco-hydrological model SWIM. After a general introduction phase for all participants, the school shall be split up into two model-specific classes which allows for individual training of one of the two models. That will enable the participating young researchers from both China and Germany to learn, apply, and reflect the methodologies of climate and eco-hydrological simulation and hence make their professional achievements become much more valuable for the scientific and political communities of the two countries.