Challenges for Future Hydrology Education in a Changing World (co-organized)
|Convener: Bellie Sivakumar | Co-Conveners: Stefan Uhlenbrook , Kevin J. McGuire , Graham Jewitt|
The world is changing, and it seems that this change is happening with accelerated speed. The changes are not only influencing the biophysical processes of hydrology that are caused for instance through changes in the land use or climate system. Changing social systems have significant impacts on hydrology, for instance through increases in water demands (often in unfortunate places and times), degradation of water quality, changes in the water use patterns etc. The impacts of such changes are often felt most dramatically in the developing world. This has far reaching implications for hydrology education, research and practice, since the existing predication methods are often based on weak physical data and understanding and the assumption of stationarity. Additional challenges come in for hydrology education due to the internationalization of education, student mobility, changing requirements for professionals and the need for continuous professional development, change of funding streams for education, etc.
This session is intended to address the future challenges in hydrology education and possible ways to tackle them. We invite abstracts that address the following issues, among others: (a) How to educate students and practitioners to work in a non-stationary world?; (b) How should the competencies profile(s) of hydrologists of the future look like?; (c) What are the opportunities and threats of the internationalization of education?; and (d) New strategies aimed at supporting hydrology education and research in developing countries.
|Related events:||EOS04 – Contemporary Education in a Changing World