Transfer of knowledge
The main transfer of knowledge will be through publications and presentations (oral and poster) at national and international meetings and conferences (e.g. EGU, IAHS, UNESCO, WMO, EC). Student and staff mobility as well as joint student excursions and international training courses are other means of cooperation that have proved useful in the past and will therefore also be encouraged.
In the framework of the EU WATCH project a 1-week Summer School on Hydrological Drought was organized in Trieste, Italy, June 2008. The next international courses will be organized in: (i) Bhutan, 28 November - 3 December 2010, in co-operation with Department of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs, (DoE, Thimpu, Bhutan), Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE, Oslo, Norway) and the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH-FRIENDgroup, UNESCO), and (ii) South Africa (2011) through the NUFU project on "Capacity building in water sciences for improved assessment and management of water resources" (co-operation: Botswana, Malawi, Norway and South-Africa).
The European Drought Centre (EDC) will act as a vehicle to transfer knowledge and skills on low flows and droughts between researchers and the user community. It will gather information on current and past droughts in Europe and further act as a meeting place between multi-disciplinary experts in drought research, policy and operational management.