Nordic Water 2014

Call for Abstracts

"The Nordic Hydrology Model" - linking science and practice

Scientifically based hydrological knowledge is becoming more and more important in today's society and in the future. It is applied in legislation, for instance through the various EU directives related to water, and planning and decision making at all levels of society, by authorities, private and public organisations and enterprises, and by us individually. Challenges are of course related to expected future climatological and hydrological changes: But we also at shorter time scales, we need hydrological information and knowledge to enable decision making and planning related to daily, weekly, seasonal or inter-annual perspectives.

With the main theme of Nordic Water 2014, we intent to put the focus on applied sciences and scientifically based decision making, and how this is manifested in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Is there a certain identifiable "Nordic hydrology model" that links science and practice, uniting the Nordic and Baltic countries in this respect? We welcome contributions that illustrate both the success stories, as well as all the possible mistakes that also have been made in decision making with or without scientific basis. What are the lessons be learned from these experiences with regard to technical, legislative and administrative points of view?

The aim for the conference is to provide an arena for applied scientists, decision makers and advisors from the private and public sectors to meet and:

  • enforce a bilateral understanding for the scientific and administrative issues as well as data and scaling constraints,
  • evaluate former and current research projects that aim at providing a scientifically sound basis for decision making,
  • develop concepts for future cooperation, and
  • eventually promote a Nordic and Baltic way for scientifically based decision making.


The main theme of the conference distributes in subthemes of:

  • Water, energy and food - water resources management in a wider perspective
  • Climate change - impacts, adaptation, and resilience
  • Learning from uncertainty - translation of hydrological uncertainty to planning and decision making
  • Surface water in urban areas - design, risks and new solutions
  • Groundwater in urban and rural areas - water resources and infrastructure interaction
  • Cold climate hydrology - modeling and monitoring the cryosphere and frozen soils
  • Hydrology and hydrochemistry - What are the links in surface and ground waters
  • New approaches in water systems modelling and monitoring - measurement techniques, calibration, data assimilation, ensemble modelling
  • Large-scale multi basin water balance modelling - tools for regional, national, and trans-boundary integrated water resources management

Scientific Committee

Linus Zhang (Chair), Lund University, Sweden, e-mail: linus.zhang (at)
Arvo Iital, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Chong-Yu Xu, University of Oslo, Norway (Editor of Hydrology Research)
David Gustafsson, KTH/Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Sweden
Diana Meilutyte-Barauskiene, Lithuanian Energy Institute, Lithuania
Dirk-Ingmar Müller-Wohlfeil, Danish Nature Agency, Denmark
Elga Apsite, University of Latvia, Latvia
Kolbjørn Engeland, NVE, Norway
Lars Troldborg, Geological survey of Denmark and Greenland, Denmark
Thorsteinn Thorsteinsson, Icelandic Meteorological Office, Iceland
Timo Huttula, Finnish Environment Institute, Finland

Organizing Committee

David Gustafsson (Chair), KTH, e-mail: davidg (at), phone: +46 11 4958647
Britt Chow, e-mail: chow (at), phone: +46 8 7908054
Bo Olofsson, email: boolof (at), phone: +46 8 7908632

Conference venue

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden


Important Dates

  • December 20, 2013 Abstract submission opens
  • March 28, 2014 Registration opens
  • April 15, 2014 Deadline for abstraction submission (EXTENDED)
  • April 30, 2014 Notification about acceptance of abstracts
  • June 1, 2014 Final programme issued
  • June 9, 2014 Final date for reservation at pre-booked hotels
  • July 25, 2014 Final date for registration (registration at the conference without lunches and dinner still possible)
  • August 11, 2014 Conference begins
  • August 12, 2014 NHF General Assembly
  • August 13, 2014 Conference ends
  • August 14, 2014 Post-conference excursion


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