International conference: Climate Change and Water;   25-27 May 2021, Tours, FR

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The international symposium Climate change & Water 2021 under the theme of extremes events will be held from 25 to 27 May 2021 online (hosted in Tours in the Centre-Val de Loire region). This international conference is open to the academic world and socio-economic partners concerned by the variability of the water cycle and adaptation to extreme events.


A special ECRA Session will be held on 25 May 2021 from 14:00 to 16:30 CET, with contributions from Peter Braesicke, Elisa Palazzi, Ralf Ludwig, and Martin Drews. More information will be available at this site.


Climate change is disrupting the water cycle. Impacts are observed in all environments and socio-ecosystems: forests, soils, lakes, cities, and so on. The MiDi (Environments & Diversity) network and its partners propose to focus on the different forms of impacts of climate change via its effect on water. Indeed, if the general trend of global warming is observed in all regions of the world, where are the findings and responses to climate extremes such as droughts, floods, heat waves and sudden and intense rainfall?

For this second edition of Climate Change & Water (CCW2021), special attention will be paid to the vine and the forest as an object as well as to the particular hydrometeorological extreme such as droughts. This choice does not exclude papers on any other subject of study as well as on other climatic extremes.

Hervé LE TREUT, professor at Sorbonne University and Ecole Polytechnique, will open the conference with a keynote on the state of climate change.


Tentative Programme of 26 May 2021 from 14:00 until 16:30 (CET/Paris time)

  • European Climate Research Alliance’s day - Opening - Peter Braesicke (chair of ECRA network, KIT, Karlsruhe)
  • Activities of the ECRA working group on changes in the hydrological cycle - Elisa Palazzi
  • Climate change in mountain regions : a focus on dynamics hydrometeorological extremes in Southern Germany and the Alps - Ralf Ludwig (LMU, Germany)
  • Examples of increased risks from hydro meteorological compound events and their impacts - Martin Drews
  • Panel discussion : hydrometeorological extreme events prevision and management of impacts - moderator : Martin Drews


Proposals for papers and posters could be submitted before 10 September on the conference website The Call for papers could be found here.


Planned: Hydrological Modeling Training Day

As part of the symposium, a one-day training session entitled « Introduction to Hydrological Modelling in the Context of Climate Change » is was proposed to masters and doctoral students on Monday, May 24th. It includes an introduction to the principles of hydrological modelling and its importance in the context of climate change. This, will not take place due to COVID. However, the originally planned conferences is to take place - as originally planned - in 2022.

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