by James Bennett, Beth Ebert, Lucy Marshall, Sean Turner, Stefano Galelli and David Robertson (Session organisers)
This year the MODSIM2015 conference – to be held on the Gold Coast, Australia, from 29 Nov to 4 Dec 2015 – will include two sessions organised under the auspices of HEPEX:
- Advances in rainfall and streamflow forecasting
- Water resources management informed by hydroclimatic forecasts
The first session is aimed at new developments in methods to forecast rainfall and streamflow, including research on NWP modelling, seasonal climate forecasts with coupled models, new streamflow forecasting methods and forecast post-processing, with a particular emphasis on ensemble forecasting methods.
The second session is aimed at applications of new climate and streamflow forecasting systems to improve management of water resources, including drought and flood risk management, hydropower operation, irrigation scheduling and environmental conservation.
MODSIM2015 is the 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation organised by the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. Its theme this year is Partnering with industry and the community for innovation and impact through modelling. Submissions may take the form of extended abstracts or more detailed papers (papers are Thomson-Reuters ISI listed). A call for abstracts will be issued on 10 March, 2015 and submissions are due by 10 April, 2015.
MODSIM is strongly attended by climate, water resources and flood modellers of many persuasions. However, MODSIM has not previously invited submissions specifically about rainfall and hydrological ensemble forecasting. With the help of HEPEX, this is something we’d like to change this year and into the future.
For international visitors, the sessions will give an excellent opportunity to meet with and present work to an antipodean audience, and to hear about recent research on rainfall/streamflow forecasting and forecast-informed water management on the driest inhabited continent, and from our considerably wetter neighbours to the east and north.
The session organisers will co-ordinate a social gathering for HEPEXers – details to follow.
We hope to see you in December on the sunny Gold Coast.