13th National Symposium on Hydrology in Delhi

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New Delhi, Aug 28 : The 13th National Symposium on Hydrology with focal theme on "Inflow Forecasting during Extremes", began here today.

The two day symposium is being jointly organized by National Institute of Hydrology (IIT), Central Water Commission (CWC) Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi under the sponsorship of the Indian National Committee on Hydrology (INCOH).

In his inaugural address A.K. Bajaj, Chairman, Central Water Commission (CWC) said that water is a renewable source, but its availability is limited. Hence, it is required to ensure adequate availability of water and food for the present and future generations. This poses a challenge to water resources policy makers, planners, scientists and engineers for concurrent maintenance of the water resources, environment and eco-system as well as catering to the increased demands of water.

He said that one of the important technical inputs in this endeavor is assessment of inflows during extremes. The information is required for planning, development and management of water resources and related schemes. The operation of water resources systems during the floods as well as during the low flow seasons are important and challenging issue.

"Accurate forecasting of inflows results in judicious management of water availability, optimal operation of reservoirs and improved hydropower generation. Therefore, it becomes crucial to develop suitable inflow forecasting models for optimal water resources planning, development and management under hydrological extremes i.e. floods and droughts," he added.

The main objective of this symposium is to discuss and improve knowledge on inflow forecasting. Other related areas of hydrology and water resources development and management will also be addressed.

New techniques and methods of planning, development and management of water resources and the gaps between the developed advanced technologies and their field applications will be deliberated.

Eminent delegates are presenting their pioneering and commendable research and development work in the area of hydrology and water resources in general and on inflow forecasting during extremes, in particular.

Recommendations of this National Symposium would provide comprehensive guidelines for judicious planning, development and management of the water resources of our country.

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