Fourth international conference on FRIEND, Cape Town, March 2002. This book contains 63 reviewed papers (some in French) selected from over 130 abstracts presented at the Fourth International Conference on FRIEND held in Cape Town in March 2002. FRIEND (Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data) is a research programme initiated by the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO. The wide range of themes covered by the papers could be perceived to be overwhelming, but the papers are grouped into themed sections beginning with Keynote Papers. These are probably the most general papers within the whole book, dealing with the need for inter-disciplinary research. The Results include a small group of papers ranging from available water resources of the South African Development Community, to management of water resources with the aim of alleviating poverty in the Hindu-Kush Himalayas. Subsequent sections cover Hydrological Data (Section Two) and Managing Hydrological Risks (three sections), with the latter commencing with a section on Climate Variability. This is followed by a section focusing on Risks, primarily flooding and droughts, though there is one paper that explores the changes in the hydrological response of catchments affected by fire. The final section on risks deals with Methods (Section Five), including streamflow forecasting using neural networks and the creation of flood boundary maps. Section Six deals with Water Scarcity, but most of the papers focus on a limited range of international river basins, either those shared by India or the Volta basin. Sustaining Water-related Ecosystems is the seventh section, with papers covering a wide range of topics from how to manage a fragile hydrological ecosystem for resource conservation and improved productivity through to approaches for clearing alien invasive vegetation from riparian zones. The final two sections in the book deal with Continental Hydrology regimes in the form of flow regimes and the climate responsible for generating specific hydrologic regimes.
|Place of Publication||Wallingford|
|Number of pages||518|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|
- hydrological data
- water resources
- water management
- aquatic ecosystems