Meeting Announcement: Joint AOGS-AGU Meeting in Singapore

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Meeting Announcement: Joint AOGS-AGU Meeting in Singapore

Markus Stoffel

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to invite you to participate in a major science conference that will take place from 13-17 August 2012 in Singapore. The meeting is jointly organized by the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society and the American Geophysical Union. In particular, We draw your attention to Session AS27 (Atmospheric/Climate Sciences) entitled "Climate impacts on mountain water resources influenced by snow and ice". This session is inspired in particular by the ongoing work of the European ACQWA Project coordinated by the University of Geneva and, indeed, it is in the mandate of this project to convene events at major international meetings.Details of Session AS27 are available via the conference web-site ( and reproduced at the end of this message.

The Singapore event will provide a unique opportunity to exchange with scientists from many Asian regions confronted with problems similar to those addressed by the ACQWA project, particularly the Himalayan region, but also AGU scientists from the Americas where water issues are also of high concern.

Papers from the physical, economic and policy domains pertaining to changing water resources are welcome. Please note that the deadlines for the meeting are the following:
- March 12, 2012: Deadline for Abstract submissions
- April 9, 2012: Notification of acceptance
- June 4, 2012: Author registration for the conference

These, and other details, are of course accessible on the conference web-site.

We look forward to seeing many of you in Singapore in August.

Yours sincerely,

Martin Beniston and Markus Stoffel
EU-FP7 ACQWA Project Coordination Team
University of Geneva, Switzerland


Future shifts in temperature and precipitation patterns, and changes in the behavior of snow and ice in many mountain regions will change the quantity, seasonality, and possibly also the quality of water originating in mountains and uplands. As a result, changing water availability will affect both upland and populated lowland areas. Economic sectors such as agriculture, tourism or hydropower may enter into rivalries if water is no longer available in sufficient quantities or at the right time of the year. The challenge is thus to estimate as accurately as possible future changes in order to prepare the way for appropriate adaptation strategies and improved water governance.

This session encourages papers on modelling approaches to enable accurate projections of changes in the seasonality and quantity of runoff in river basins in mountain regions where snow and ice are a key component of the hydrologic cycle, such as the Himalayas, the Andes, the Rockies, or the European Alps. Furthermore, papers that identify key environmental and economic impacts , including the possible compounded effect of changing frequencies and intensities of extreme events, are welcome. Finally, those contributions that propose a portfolio of possible water governance strategies to alleviate future problems of water allocation and use would be part of the overall content of this session.

Dr. Markus Stoffel

Head of Laboratory of Dendrogeomorphology
Institute of Geological Sciences,University of Berne
Baltzerstrasse 1+3, CH-3012 Bern

EU-FP7 ACQWA Project Director
Climatic Change and Climate Impacts (C3i)
Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva
7, route de Drize, CH-1227 Carouge

Tel. +41 (0)31 631 87 73
Fax  +41 (0)31 631 48 43
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