Final Dissemination Event, Amsterdam International Water Week

On Thursday 2nd November 2017 QUICS will host a practitioner focused event to share new knowledge and tools related to uncertainty in integrated catchment studies.

To register for this FREE event, visit the side-events page on the Amsterdam International Water Week website, deadline 1st October 2017Note: be sure to select the registration category "I will only visit a side event" to get free registration! Registration allows also free entrance to the exhibition of the water week after attending the workshop.

Full Details

The deadlines for compliance with the WFD are getting closer and closer. As most of the no regret and relatively cheap measures have already been taken, huge investments may be necessary for compliance. This requires an integrated approach to be able to derive the optimal set of measures in integrated catchment studies. However, given the complexity of these model based studies, associated uncertainties may be extremely high. This is due to the abstraction from reality to model representation with its simplifications and idealisations of the real systems comes with the unavoidable occurrence of uncertainties. The definition, recognition and consideration of these uncertainties is, therefore, of the utmost importance for applying such models and for the interpretation of model results, in real world problems.

In this field the EU funded FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) Quantifying Uncertainty in Integrated Catchment Studies (QUICS) performs high quality research for developing and implementing uncertainty analysis tools for Integrated Catchment Modelling. The main aim of the QUICS ITN is to educate and train researchers capable of operating at academic research institutions, water utilities or other public bodies so as to provide them with a comprehensive understanding of water quality processes, uncertainty issues and knowledge of appropriate decision making strategies for integrated catchment management. So topics include:

  • quantification and the propagation of uncertainty at significant temporal and spatial scales in catchments,
  • approaches for minimising uncertainties in integrated models,
  • techniques for model reduction of computationally expensive models,
  • real world case studies on integrated catchment modelling,
  • tools, which can be deployed by end users considering all aspects of modelling uncertainty and hence they are able to be used in the context of the decision-making process.

Preliminary Program

09:00 – 09:30 Registration and Reception
09:30 – 11:00 3 Keynotes about Uncertainties in Integrated Catchment Studies given by international experts
11:00 – 11:30 Podium discussion with questions from the audience
11:30 – 11:45 Tea and coffee break
11:45 – 12:45 Poster presentations of Research from the project
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 15:15 Workshops about developed tools in 6 groups
15:15 – 18:00 Open discussion in small groups with beer and snacks