Call for abstracts

The 69th National Conference of the Canadian Water Resources Association  will be held under the theme:

Water management at all scales:
Reducing vulnerability and increasing resilience

The program of the conference has been developed around 5 main themes. A description of themes and targeted sub-themes is provided below. When submitting an abstract, you will be requested to indicate your choice of theme and sub-theme, and to specify your preference for either an oral or a poster presentation. Members of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) are invited to submit abstracts under the theme of their choice, especially themes 1, 2 and 4, which are intended as multidisciplinary. Abstract submission takes place between October 15, 2015 and January 15, 2016. The call for abstracts flyer may be downloaded here
Abstract submission is now close.  We have received more than 250 abstracts and are now reviewing submissions. Registration for the conference will open shortly.

Theme 1: Improving resilience and reducing vulnerability (CWRA + IAH)

1.1 Water resources management in an uncertain and changing world

Hydro-climatic observations, forecasts and projections are inherently uncertain. The evolution of socio-economic conditions is equally uncertain. In the face of climate change and uncertainties, how is it possible to achieve efficient and responsible water management? How can we accurately quantify uncertainty and further communicate it to water managers? The sessions organized around this multidisciplinary theme address issues of all nature experienced at all scales, from urban water management to energy production and from local interventions to watershed-based management, including transboundary issues. This theme includes ‘adaptive management’ projects and systemic approaches, which both aim at exploring how to plan and manage water resources in the face of significant uncertainty.

 1.2 Hydrometeorological data: sources, monitoring methods, networks and strategies

Reliable methods and strategies for field measurements are essential for water resources management and research (both surface and groundwater). Teledetection data and climate reanalysis as well as emerging monitoring tools such as drones also offer interesting alternatives. The sessions grouped under this theme will provide opportunities for sharing experiences regarding technological advances related to data acquisition, improvement of measurement techniques, design of measurement networks, uncertainty analysis and data sharing mechanisms.

1.3 Modeling to understand and mitigate risks

This theme groups experiences in modeling and related research projects. Any modeling experience is welcomed, whether in hydrology, hydrogeology, hydraulics, ecology, etc. This theme aims at addressing both deterministic and statistical models and their application in case studies in both natural and urban settings.

 Theme 2: Water at all scales (CWRA + IAH)

2.1 Modeling: temporal and spatial scales

The issue of spatiotemporal scales is crucial for modelers. For instance, what is our confidence when using seasonal meteorological forecasts? Is it possible to develop meaningful links between long term meteorological forecasts and climate projections? What are the potential benefits of those forecasts and projections for hydrology and hydrogeology? This theme includes presentations focusing on issues such as hydro-meteorological downscaling for hydrological, hydrogeological and hydraulic modeling, data validation (measured and simulated), and missing data management. The consistency between short, medium and long term modeling is also part of this theme.

2.2 Understanding physical, biological and chemical processes across scales

This theme encompasses fundamental research in water sciences, with a specific focus on understanding physical, biological and chemical processes. It emphasizes the importance of choosing a relevant spatiotemporal scale to understand these processes and the integration of the different scales to develop physical, biological and chemical models from an ecosystem perspective.

2.3 Ecosystem services

Ecosystems contribute to climate regulation, waste decomposition, water treatment, food and nutrient production, as well as many other natural services. This theme focuses on the study of those services provided by natural ecosystem functions, on how they can contribute to global welfare and eventually ensure ecosystem resilience while allowing them to evolve.

Theme 3: Redeveloping cities with existing infrastructure: integrating water management and urbanism to cope with climate change

To cope with an evolving climate, population growth, and many other factors, there is a need for a genuine dialogue between city planners, engineers, and local stakeholders. Rather than evolving in isolation, these disciplines need to interact and develop additional linkages to provide coherent and integrated solutions for urban water management.

Theme 4: Water management in agricultural settings (CANCID + IAH)

The challenges of quantitative water management and optimization of agroenvironmental performance are crucial to assess agricultural production problems. The Canadian National Committee for Irrigation and Drainage (CANCID) session will focus on irrigation and drainage, water quality monitoring in agricultural areas, and on the development of beneficial management practices (BMP) to minimize the impacts of agricultural production on aquatic ecosystems. IAH members are welcome to submit their contribution to this multidisciplinary theme.

 Theme 5: Innovations in Hydrological Modeling (CSHS)

This theme seeks to showcase recent developments in hydrological modeling techniques, technology and applications in Canada. The breadth of topics may include: hydrological modeling, flood forecasting, drought and low-flow prediction, best practices in model development and data management, or other applied hydrological innovations. The Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences (CSHS) will give special consideration to presentations that focus on transboundary watersheds. In particular, a session on hydrometeorologic and hydrodynamic forecasting for the the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River watershed is scheduled.


Session proposals

To submit proposals for specific sessions, please contact of the scientific program chair: Marie-Amélie Boucher (

For additional information regarding the scientific program, please also contact Marie-Amélie Boucher (