Joint YESS-YHS Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop 2018

Towards Regional Information to Improve Our Understanding on Weather, Water, and Climate Extreme Events

3-5 May 2018, Canmore, Canada

The Young Earth System Scientists (YESS) and Young Hydrologic Society (YHS) held a Joint YESS-YHS Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop prior to the 2018 GEWEX Open Science Conference. The objective of the 3-day workshop was to bring together early career researchers and students to have an in-depth interdisciplinary discussion about enhancing the generation of usable regional information on different spatial and temporal scales, and the utility of that information by users, decision makers, and other stakeholders. In this sense, a special emphasis was made on how weather, water, and climate extreme events change and how new data sources and modeling approaches can advance our understanding (and management). The workshop will further serve to evaluate what the early career communities have achieved in recent years, how they can enhance their interaction, and foster collaborations with other early career networks.

This workshop was jointly organized by YESS and YHS and is kindly supported by WMO, WCRP, and GEWEX. The workshop received many applications and around 40 participants from 23 different countries were selected. The selection process was run jointly by GEWEX Science Conference organizers, YESS and YHS representatives, and WMO program representatives. The selection criteria accounted for gender, geography, scientific background, and merit. WMO and GEWEX kindly made travel support available for a selected group of workshop participants.

As an outcome from the workshop, YESS  – together with the Young Hydrologic Society (YHS) –  published a perspective paper on major challenges and opportunities that arise in the study, of the understanding, and the provision of regional information for Climate, Weather and Hydrological (CWH) extreme events.
A news item about the published paper can be found here.

Three Ways Forward to Improve Regional Information for Extreme Events: An Early Career Perspective

Langendijk, G.S., Aubry-Wake, C., Osman, M., Gulizia, C., Attig-Bahar, F., Behrens, E., Bertoncini, A., Hart, N., Indasi, V.S., Innocenti, S., van der Linden, E.C., Mamnun, N., Rasouli, K., Reed, K.A., Ridder, N., Rivera, J., Ruscica, R., Ukazu, B.U., Walawender, J.P., Walker, D.P., Woodhams, B.J. and Yılmaz, Y.A., 2019.  Frontiers in Environmental Science. 7:6.

Link to paper:

A short video impression from the workshop:

Pictures from the workshop can be found here

Short highlights from the workshop can be found here

More information about the workshop can be found here

We wish to thank the Global Energy and Water Exchanges project (GEWEX), as well as the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) and the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW)—the research arms of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), who supported the participation of the majority of the co-authors of this paper, as well as the organization of the Young Earth System Scientists—Young Hydrologic Society (YESS-YHS) workshop.

Credits of above pictures: GEWEX and Pam Doyle