Water in the Anthropocene

21.05 - 24.05.2013
Bonn, Germany

Abstract deadline: 31 Oct 2012Registration deadline: 28 Feb 2013 (early rate)

The Global Water System Project and its International Project Office based in Bonn, Germany, is organizing an international conference on ‘Water in the Anthropocene: Challenges for Science and Governance. Indicators, Thresholds and Uncertainties of the Global Water System.`


Human activities impact the global water system and change the way water moves around the globe like never before. Thus, managing freshwater use wisely in the planetary water cycle has become a key challenge to reach global environmental sustainability. The focus of the conference is to address the global dimensions of water system changes due to anthropogenic as well as natural influences. Participants from all continents dealing with various water-related problems are invited to attend this conference.

You are invited to contribute on the following themes:

Theme 1: Global Water System: Current State and Future Challenges-Assessing Global Water Resource AvailabilityData Integration and Precision of Indicators-Links between Global Carbon, Water and Nutrient Cycles- Risks, Extremes and Variability: Challenges for Science and Practice- Virtual Water and the Global Water System

Theme 2: Global Dimensions of Change in River Basins- Rivers and the Nexus: Water, Energy and Food Security in Large Basins- Adaptive Water Governance in Large Basins- Basins and Aquifers: IWRM at Large Scale- Hydropolitics in River Basins, Water Rights and Institutions- Dynamics and Vulnerability of Delta Systems

Theme 3: Balancing Water Needs for Humans and Nature- Trade Offs: Ecosystem Services - Challenges for Science and Practice- Environmental Flows: Accounting Water Quantity and Quality- Challenges and Solutions for Global Water Governance`Blue Gold`?- The Value and Price of Water- Integrated Land and Water Management for Sustainability