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Institute of Meteorology and Water Management - National Research Institute invites to participate in the International Conference: Contemporary problems in hydraulic engineering and water resources management. The Conference will be held in Krakow from 15 to 17 April 2013. The Conference is organized under the auspices of Committee of Water Resources Management of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The programme of the Conference will include presentations delivered by the representatives of World Meteorological Organization.

This Conference has been combined with the Flood Forum, organized by Institute of Meteorology and Water Management - National Research Institute (IMGW-PIB) since 2010, whose basis is the message that contemporary hazards (including flood hazard) and the magnitude of damage caused by it are largely a result of disturbing the ecological balance and a failure to undertake proper preventive measures. The Flood Forum is organized along the lines of the Directive 2007/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2007 on the assessment and management of flood risks and it concerns all aspects of flood risk management.

Economic and social development over the history of civilization has always been connected with access to water. Water was used for navigation, energy production as well as for municipal, industrial, agricultural and recreational purposes, even for shaping of the landscape. Water is a very significant ecological element. Water is indispensable for life and access to water was and still is the basis of economic and social development. Lack of water has always caused lowering the quality of life, and decrease of socio-economic and ecological situation. In particular cases, lack of water results in a drought whereas excess of water leads to a flood. Both these phenomena bring important economic, ecological and social losses. A significant issue is the contamination of water. The recently observed climatic changes result in more frequent occurrence of extreme phenomena (floods, droughts, hurricanes, rain or hail storms). Appearance of such phenomena requires a system approach to the management of water resources, accurate measurements and forecasting based on results of modelling. The purpose of this Conference it to present the current state of water resources and water management in Europe and in particular European countries, as well as to present the predictions concerning this state both in short and long time perspective.

The subject of the Conference will encompass inland surface waters and groundwaters.