International Symposium on Climate Impacts on Low Flows and Droughts, Vienna 2012
Technical University Vienna
Oesterreichische Gesellschaft fuer Hydrologie

International Symposium on Climate Impacts on Low Flows and Droughts

1st-2nd March 2012, Vienna/Austria

The organizers want to thank all participants for a great symposium. Abstracts are available for download now, slides will follow within the next week.


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I've permission from some authors to make there slides available, you can download them here! (53 MB - 20/03/2012)

Purpose and topics:

Low stream flows and associated streamflow droughts have major economic implications in Europe. Current global change scenarios suggest that the magnitude and frequency of droughts may increase in the next decades with important ramifications for water quality, the ecological status of European water bodies, irrigation, navigation and power production.

The symposium brings together drought experts from various disciplines to compare the current status of drought research and the implications for water resources management. The symposium focuses on the European continent and provides a platform for discussing large-scale studies in a regional context, and national/regional studies in the European context.

Conference topics:

  1. Drought processes in the atmosphere and in catchments
  2. Trends and patterns of droughts
  3. Reconstruction of historic droughts
  4. Modelling low flows and droughts
  5. Drought scenarios
  6. Implications for water resources management
The following questions will be discussed:

  • What are the main climate drivers of hydrological change related to droughts?
  • What is the state-of-the-art of drought modelling, including scenarios, downscaling and coupling models?
  • What is known about the time patterns of droughts from observed, reconstructed and projected time series in streamflow and climate variables?
  • What are the predictions of future low flows and droughts, and how reliable are such predictions in the light of all the uncertainties involved?
  • How do regional assessments fit into Europe-wide analyses, and vice versa?
  • What are the lessons on climate impacts on low flows and droughts to be learned for science and water resources management?

Scientific Organisation:

Gregor Laaha (BOKU Vienna),Günter Blöschl (TU Vienna), Wolfgang Schöner (ZAMG)

Local organisation & Contact:

Daniel Koffler, Robert Wiedermann, Assoc.Prof. Gregor Laaha
Institute of Applied Statistics and Computing, BOKU Vienna