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Climate Change Working Group

Aims and Scope

The IAHR Working Group on Climate Change (WGCC) aims at coordinating initiatives in IAHR dealing with the study of the impact of climate change on the the hydro-environment and monitoring adaptation measures being taken in the water engineering sector, both of the structural and non structural type
It works in collaboration with other interested Technical Committees of IAHR especially with the Water Resources Management Committee.

Leadership Team


Prof Roberto Ranzi
Dept. Civil, Environmental, Architectural, Engineering and Mathematics
University of Brescia

The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand


  • Prof. Eiichi Nakakita, DPRI, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Prof. Young-Oh-Kim, Seoul National University, Korea
  • Prof. Van-Thanh-Van Nguyen, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Prof. Premlal Patel, S V National Institute of Technology, Surat, India
  • Prof. Yangwen Jia, Dept. of Water Resources, Institute of Water Resources & Hydropower Research, Beijing, China
  • Prof. Sang il Lee, Dongguk University Seoul, Korea
  • Prof. Dalila Loudyi, Environmental Water Engineering, University Hassan II Mohammedia-Casablanca, Morocco
  • Prof. Dr. Abdalla Abdelsalam Ahmed, UNESCO Chair in Water Resources, Khartoum, Sudan
  • Prof. André Paquier, IRSTEA, France
  • Prof. Dr. Ramesh S. V. Teegavarapu, Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
  • Prof. Carlos de Oliveira Galvão, Dept. Civil Engineering, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Brazil
  • Dr. Elpida Kolokytha, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Tessaloniki, Greece
  • Dr. Gregory De Costa, Dept. Civil Engineering, Unitec-Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
Programme Officer

Latest Activities &Document Library

  • Contribution to a book chapter in the book "Sustainable Water Resources Planning and Management Under Climate Change". The editors of the book are members of the Water Resources Committee and the Working Group on Climate Change Click here
  • Submission of an overview paper about Climate Change and Water Engineering to International Journal of River Basin Management (under revision) JRBM website
  • Special session at the Hydroinformatics Conference in Palermo, 1-6 June 2018. S16. Time series analysis for climate change detection. Covener: Roberto Ranzi Congress website
  • Working Group Meeting during the  Hydroinformatics Conference in Palermo, 1-6 June 2018 Congress website
  • Meeting at the 36th IAHR World Congress, The Hague, The Netherlands, 2015
  • Article: "The contribution of IAHR's communities of water management and Climate Change Towards the SDG's" published in Hydrolink 3 2017 Special Issue on SDGs Download article
  • Minutes Meeting September 2014, Vietnam Download minutes
  • WGCC document short summary of recommendations for policymakers Download document
  • Article: "Summary of recommendations for policymakers on adaptation to climate change in Water Engineering" published in Hydrolink 3 2015 Download article