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FRIEND - a global perspective 2002-2006

FRIEND - a global perspective 2002-2006

edited by
Eric Servat and Siegfried Demuth

202 p., Koblenz, Germany 2006

This volume is the fifth in a series of FRIEND Reports (Gustard et al., 1989; Gustard, 1993; Oberlin and Desbos, 1997; Gustard and Cole, 2002), which have been produced to mark the end of successive phases of FRIEND and to coincide with major international FRIEND Conferences held in Bolkesj°, Norway, in 1989, Braunschweig, Germany, in 1993, Post°jna, Slovenia, in 1997 and Cape Town, South Africa, in 2002 (Roald et al., 1989; Seuna et al., 1994; Gustard et al., 1997; Van Lanen and Demuth, 2002). This report presents research conducted during the fifth phase of FRIEND from 2002 to 2006 and coincides with the Fifth FRIEND World Conference, Climate Variability and Change - Hydrological Impacts, in Havana, Cuba, 26 November - 1 December 2006.

The report presents a synthesis of global FRIEND research, giving the reader a flavour of the wide range of research activities addressed and the different problems faced by each regional FRIEND group. Following this introduction, a chapter is devoted to each of the eight established regional FRIEND projects. Each chapter was prepared by the regional FRIEND coordinator and project leaders, based on contributions from regional participants. They typically describe the hydrological challenges faced by the regional FRIEND group, its organisation and project development, an outline of the activities undertaken and selected examples of its research output. Chapter 10 gives an overview of FRIEND education and training programmes and Chapter 11 provides a general conclusion, summarises the overall achievements of FRIEND and outlines future plans.

Annexes give background information on the FRIEND project: contact details for the eight regional coordinators, FRIEND research participants, FRIEND meetings, and publications by FRIEND participants. Although it is impossible to provide a fully comprehensive picture of all regional groups, these annexes show clearly the vigour, high productivity and wide-ranging nature of FRIEND research and collaboration, and the wide dissemination of research results in scientific journals, conference proceedings, books and reports.

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