There are two defining characteristics of water in Central Asia. One is the endorheic nature of the region: Central Asia’s rivers either enter terminal lakes that lack outlets or they simply disappear before reaching any larger water body. Evaporation and infiltration exceed precipitation in the arid plains. This leads to the second defining characteristic: the region’s unusual dependence on precipitation that falls at high elevations. Some of this water is retained in glaciers, but much of it flows down to the arid, more heavily populated lower elevations. Climate change, glacial retreat, dam construction, water use for irrigation, and infrastructure development have significantly altered hydrological processes in the region, imposing a major threat to water-energy-food (WEF) security. The additional character was the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, before which resources utilization was coordinated to balance water-energy-food through centralized governance. Independence allowed the individual states to monetize rather than trade their resources across international boundaries. In the face of these threats, the region is facing a number of outstanding challenges:
The above questions are relevant in Caucasus region too. The workshop will have a combination of talks and discussions on both Central Asia and Caucasus regions.
September 16-17-18th, 2019
Hilton Garden Inn, Kabanbai Batyr Avenue, 15, Nur-Sultan, 010000, Kazakhstan TEL: +7-7172-756756 FAX: +7-7172-756710
Registration is mandatory for all participants. Without registration, we will not be able to facilitate any meeting and training logistics (eg: your presentations, name badges, food, training, etc.).
Three connected but independent events are being organized:
A two-day hands-on training session for young researchers will focus on the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) for land cover/land use change applications involving both optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data. Participants are expected to bring their own Laptops. Mostly, the training will focus on using some open source software tools.
19-20th September, 2019
The scientific field trip is planned to understand local cropping systems, forestry and urban land use. Guest lectures by local experts will be arranged to understand on-going land use/cover change dynamics including agriculture, water resources, and other land use issues. Participants need to pay the field trip costs.