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The enviroGRIDS training workshop series "Bringing GEOSS Services into Practice" aims at teaching how to install, configure and deploy a set of open source software to publish and share spatial data and metadata through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) using OGC web services & ISO standards.

GEOSS has been created as an international voluntary effort that connects geospatial and Earth Observation and information infrastructures, acting as a gateway between producers of environmental data and end users. The aim of GEOSS is to enhance the relevance of Earth observations and to offer public access to comprehensive, near-real time data, information and analyses of the environment.

The training workshop will cover interoperabilit y, hands-on experience with web portals, information access, open source software and spatial data sharing through web services and the GEOSS registries.

A detailed program will soon be posted on this page.


Friday, 23rd of September 2011, 9:00 – 17:00, Turkey, Istanbul.


İTÜ Ayazağa Kampüsü – Istanbul Technical University Ayazaga Campus

Süleyman Demirel Kültür Merkezi - Suleyman Demirel Cultural Center

Maslak / 34469 İstanbul   http://www.sdkm.itu.edu.tr

Registration and participants

Please register before the 7th of September 2011 by contacting organizers in Turkey via email: Dr. Filiz BEKTAS BALCIK ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Assist. Prof. Dr. Cigdem GOKSEL ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Registration is open to enviroGRIDS partners, technical experts & institutions from Turkey and other countries of the Black Sea region, that could benefit from an implementation of GEOSS. The workshop will be held in English.

The workshop is free of charge.

Participants will be required to bring their laptops to the training workshop (with at least Windows XP installed).

Please download the flyer of the workshop:

Flyer - Bringing GEOSS services into practice - Istanbul, 23 Sept. 2011


A short courseon  Environment and Global Change: Uncertainty & risk assessment is given by UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands, May 2-15


The objective of the course is to get introduced to tools for risk assessment with regard to global change.

1. Get introduction to uncertainty and risk principles, tools and methodologies

2. Learn about climate change and impact studies on the environment

3. Get experience with climate change downscaling techniques and ensemble modelling

The course looks at impacts on the water resources considering floods and droughts, using a hydrological model using SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool) and a hydrodynamic model.


The course is designed for young and mid-level professionals who are involved in water management or research, and/or who want to learn about risk assessment for climate change.


Climate change and its impact on hydrology, Prof. S. Uhlenbrook (UNESCO-IHE)

Introduction to the effects of climate variability on the hydrology.

Spatial Modelling using PCRaster (Willem van Deursen)

Introduction to spatial modelling using PCRaster software. The PCRaster Environmental Modelling language is a computer language for construction of iterative spatio-temporal environmental models. It runs in the PCRaster interactive raster GIS environment that supports immediate pre- or post-modelling visualisation of spatio-temporal data.

Land use change modelling, Prof. Peter Verburg (University Amesterdam, Netherlands)

Introduction to land use modelling in relation to water modelling and management; Modelling scenarios of land use change and theid impacts and feedbacks on the hydrological system; Hands-on training for the tool CLUE.

Downscaling of climate change scenarios, Dr. Y. Xuan, PhD (UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands)

Introduction to the concept of downscaling, general downscaling methods used to fit GCM data into catchment modelling in studying climate change impacts on local scale.

Uncertainty and climate, Dr. A. van Griensven, PhD (UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands)

Introduction to uncertainty analysis methods such as Monte-Carlo sampling. Bayesian averaging and model ensembles. Exercises on the Nzoia river basin using Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) and SWAT-CUP (auto-calibration and uncertainty).

Probabilistic risk assessment, Dr. G. Di Baldassarre, PhD (UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands)

The concepts of vulnerability, hazard, risk. Description of the most common sources of uncertainty and variability in the risk assessment process. Deterministic and probabilistic risk assessment. Example applications of probabilistic approaches for assessing risk.


The course fee is 1500 Euro.


A masters or bachelors degree in engineering or science with some knowledge in basic hydraulics, basic hydrology and basic statistics.


For more information on the course please contact Dr. ir. Ann van Griensven ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for questions related to the contents or Ms. Claudia Brakel ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for the practical aspects or have a look at the website.


Deadline of registration : April 15, 2011



The SuWaMa Conference will be held 19-23 September 2011, in Istanbul

The overall objective of this Conference Series is to enhance and evaluate, at the global level, decision support tools and models for the sustainable use and development of watersheds. This objective will be accomplished by:

  • integration of existing expertise and advancing knowledge,
  • strengthening scientific and technological excellence,
  • increasing scientific acceptability through publications,
  • organizing training programs,
  • establishing web-based platforms.

The series of Conferences will be structured to address these issues. Pre-conference courses will be offered to provide technical training for conference participants who are unfamiliar with tools for integrated watershed management.

Link: http://www.igemportal.org/?Dil=1&SID=689


The 2nd Istanbul International Water Forum will take place between May 3-5, 2011, at the Haliç Congress and Cultural Centre in Istanbul, Turkey, the same venue as the 5th World Water Forum.

The motto of the 2nd Istanbul International Water Forum is "An Istanbul Perspective on Regional Water Challenges and Solutions".

The 2nd Istanbul International Water Forum will provide a platform for greater coordination and collaboration amongst the key international and local water stakeholders In and Around Turkey, where regional water-related issues will be tackled in depth with an aim to find common sustainable solutions.

Link: http://www.iusf.org.tr/index.php/EN/home