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General Information

Getting to the Hague
Registration Costs
Refund Policy
Important Dates
Pan-CLIVAR Meeting, Pan-GEWEX Meeting, and GEWEX Summer Sessions
Submitting an Abstract
Contact Information

The increasing demand for fresh water and the impacts of climate change on water availability and extreme events highlight why water is a current major global concern and is “Trending Now.” The 7th International Scientific Conference on the Global Water and Energy Cycle will celebrate 25 years of GEWEX research and set the stage for the next phase of research addressing the World Climate Research Programme Grand Challenges on water resources, extremes, and climate sensitivity through observations and data sets; their analyses; process studies; model development and exploitation; applications, technology transfer to operational results, and research capacity development; and training for the next generation of scientists. Papers will be invited for all the topics of the Conference, which include: (1) the climate system; (2) land; and (3) atmosphere. The full description of sessions with conveners is available here.

Important Dates 

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: Passed
  • Financial Support Application Deadline: 28 February 2014
  • Acceptance E-mails Sent: Mid April 2014
  • Program to be Posted: Mid April 2014
  • Presentation Upload: 9 July 2014

Pan-CLIVAR Meeting, Pan-GEWEX Meeting, and GEWEX Summer Sessions
Following the Conference, GEWEX will have an invitation-only Pan-GEWEX Meeting at the same venue from 17-18 July 2014, where the four GEWEX Panels will conduct relevant matters business. At the same time, the Climate Variability and Predictability Project (CLIVAR), a sister organization of GEWEX, will host its own invitation-only Pan-CLIVAR Meeting at the World Forum.

The GEWEX Summer Sessions for Early Career Scientists will take place before the Conference from 10-12 July 2014 at the Delft University of Technology, and will be a mix of lectures and practical exercises covering  various aspects of observations, modeling, and prediction of the energy and water cycle and related processes. Emails have already gone out informing candidates whether or not they have been accepted into the Summer Sessions.

Refund Policy
All refund requests must be received in writing ( by June 15, 2014. No refunds will be issued after this date. A 50 Euro processing fee will be assessed on all general registration refunds due to cancellation. Student refunds will be assessed a 30 Euro fee. Guest registrations are fully refundable.

Getting to the Hague
There are two basic options to get to the Hague and the World Forum from your arrival airport.

  • Taxi: the cheapest taxi option is, costing about 45 Euros for the trip from Schiphol Airport to the World Forum.
  • Public Transit: use the trip planner at to see how you can get from Schiphol Airport to the World Forum or from Schiphol Airport to your hotel. The cost is approximately 13 Euros total to get from Schiphol to the World Forum and the trip involves taking a train, a tram, and walking.

Online Submission of Abstracts

  • Abstract submission has ended.
  • The submission fee is 40 Euros per abstract.
  • There is a 300-word minimum and a 1000-word maximum.
  • Do not use pictures or mathematical equations in your abstract.
  • Abstract fees are only refundable if your abstract is rejected for presentation. Any abstracts withdrawn after acceptance must still be paid in full.

Email the International GEWEX Project Office with any questions you may have.


For a comprehensive schedule of the Conference, see the preliminary program.

You can find the full list of sessions and the three categories they fall into below.


  • Advancing climate system knowledge through new observations and field experimentsPhilippe Drobinski, Jeff WalkerAdvancing climate system knowledge requires new sets of measurements for better process understanding, parameterization development and improvement, and for satellite data and model validation. Long time-series of multi-scale and multi-parameter datasets from multi-sensors are needed for analysis of regional climate variability and change, and hydrometeorological extremes. This session includes all aspects of field campaigns as keys to process studies. Papers are welcomed on development of network observatories, common protocols for data processing and quality control, and intercomparison of processes in different environments.
  • Advances in analysis of observations, reanalysis and model results to improve energy and water cycle processesJoerg Schulz, Mike Bosilovich, Mitch MoncrieffSimple comparisons of observation variables with numerical models, usually averaged in time and space, can identify model discrepancies but not their causes. Moreover, such comparisons rarely define discrepancies in the multi-variate relationships that are the key to representing processes. This session seeks papers describing and illustrating more advanced, multi-variate analysis approaches that diagnose process relationships relevant to the global energy and water cycles.
  • Modeling, predicting, and attributing climate extremesGabi Hegerl, Adam Scaife, Sonia SeneviratneHow well are extremes simulated in models? For extremes in the CMIP5 ensemble: how realistic is the extremes climatology, and how well are changes simulated? Papers are welcomed on causes of observed changes in extremes; the role of internal variability and atmospheric circulation for changing probability of extremes; the ability of seasonal to decadal prediction systems to capture extremes and their changes; and the role of land surface processes in changing extremes and model biases.
  • Observations and changes in climate extremesXuebin Zhang, Ron Stewart, Olga ZolinaHydrometeorological extremes are one of the most critical aspects of our climate and this session focuses on observationally-based studies of their occurrence and change including the development of appropriate metrics and datasets and the interpretation of factors driving change. Submissions are invited on examining a wide range of extremes (including floods, droughts, extreme precipitation, winter storms) on global, regional and local scales, and especially compound events (such as floods forced by snow melt and precipitation) and simultaneous events (such as heavy precipitation adjacent to regions of drought). Submissions are also invited that consider scaling issues associated with climate extremes.
  • Progress towards closing global and regional water and energy budgetsNorm Loeb, Taikan Oki, Pete RobertsonThere is an increasing variety of global water and energy data sets available that can be used to examine closure of the energy and water budgets. This session solicits papers on innovative ways that observations and reanalyses have been used to gain insight into processes that govern these cycles or alternatively, gain insight into one or more of the products that make up the budgets. Papers that address how retrieval or analysis uncertainty propagates through water and budgets characterizing various modes of climate variability or climate change, and their regional to global expression, are especially relevant.
  • Progress and challenges for predicting monsoon precipitationHarry Hendon, Dave Gochis, Jun MatsumotoSkilful predictions of monsoon rainfall have the potential to provide resiliency to many societies around the world, but predicting monsoon rainfall from intraseasonal to seasonal timescales has proven to be a major challenge. This session requests papers on all aspects of predicting monsoon rainfall, including short term prediction of extreme events, multi-week prediction of monsoon intraseasonal variability, seasonal prediction, and the role of land. Papers that focus on key model and data limitations and on impacts of climate change on monsoon predictability are especially welcomed.
  • Characterizing, validating, and improving the water cycle in modelsYukari Takayabu, Paul O’GormanThis session seeks analyses of precipitation characteristics (accumulations, frequency, intensity, duration, diurnal cycle, extremes, rain type) and their relationship to the large-scale environment as depicted by the models and especially CMIP5 models vs observations. Papers are also sought on validating and improving other aspects of the water cycle in models. Papers may consider methodologies, new metrics, sampling and statistical issues (point vs grid-square), tropical and extratropical regimes, and multi-variate analyses.
  • Analyzing, validating, and improving global precipitation productsRobert Adler, George HuffmanThis session seeks to validate and improve analyses of precipitation characteristics (accumulations, frequency, intensity, duration, diurnal cycle, extremes, rain type) over the ocean; including climate means, variations and error estimates thereof, and finer scale properties, and the multi-scale processes resulting in these properties. Validation methods and results are also a focus, including use of atoll data, buoys, radar, and issues related to sampling. Results utilizing TRMM, Cloudsat, SSM/I, and current merged analyses (e.g., GPCP) along with proposed new approaches (the Global Precipitation Mission) or new data sets are encouraged.

Category 2: LAND

  • Use of climate information and predictions in hydrology and water resources managementEric Wood, Marc Bierkens, Jan VerkadeThe session focuses on advances in regional and global water cycle information systems and their usefulness in understanding water cycle variability and change important for water management over all time scales (short term to multi-decadal). Contributions may include the development, application or assessment of hydrological monitoring and prediction systems (including, for example, GDIS: Global Drought Information Systems; GEOSS: Global Earth Observations System of Systems, and hydrologic ensemble prediction systems such as those related to HEPEX: Hydrologic Ensemble Prediction Experiment); use of in-situ, modeling and remote sensing information for water management and design within such systems; application of climate information to societal benefit areas such as water-related disasters (flood and drought risk), food and/or water security.
  • Land Surface Model benchmarking and developmentMartin Best, David Lawrence, Eleanor BlythThis session will focus on evaluation metrics and benchmarks of land model processes utilizing existing and new data streams that can be used to evaluate and discriminate models and to help direct future land model development. Land models, which are a key to climate prediction, weather forecasts, and quantifying the impacts of climate change and extreme weather systems on humans and ecosystems, have evolved rapidly in recent years with improved parameterizations and incorporation of new biogeophysical and biogeochemical processes. The increased complexity of this new generation of models requires innovative techniques and integrative metrics in which the many interacting features of these models can be assessed. Fortunately, there has been an increase in the amount and breadth of data that are available to assess land models including, but not limited to, earth-observation data, networks of in-situ observations, and manipulation experiments.
  • The role of land parameters (and land cover change) on weather and climate predictionShinjiro Kanae, Mike Ek, Andy PitmanNumerical weather prediction (NWP) and climate models typically resolve weather and climate with a land-surface model (LSM) providing lower boundary conditions for a “parent” atmospheric model with which the LSM is coupled. The LSM must have relevant processes to adequately represent surface energy, water, and carbon budgets, thereby properly accounting for the exchange of heat, moisture, momentum, and carbon between the surface and lower atmosphere. As the connection between weather and climate models becomes more “seamless,” LSMs must serve multiple time scales. This session will focus on LSM improvements for NWP, as well as seasonal and longer climate time scales. Topics include model improvements through use of new land data sets, higher-resolution vegetation and soil data sets, snow cover and near-real-time vegetation, and the representation of land use and land cover change.
  • High resolution hydrological processes, including sub-surface waters, in land surface modelsTaikan Oki, Paul Bates, Soroosh SorooshianWater is a major component of processes and feedbacks that affect the climate on regional to global scales. However, there are considerable uncertainties in predicting long-term changes in the hydrologic cycle, which will likely have an impact on the world’s already limited freshwater supply. Improved modeling tools, which include a more explicit representation of finer scale processes may help develop adaptation strategies for improving sustainability of water resources. This session focuses on the improved terrestrial hydrologic representation in land surface models and their impacts on coupled weather and climate prediction. Topics covered include runoff processes, river routing, ground water dynamics and coupling to rivers and the vadose zone, improved flood-plain parameterizations, riverine transport of sediment, nutrients, and heat, and new parameterizations of lakes, marshes, and estuaries.
  • Modeling anthropogenic impacts of land-water-management in Land Surface ModelsRichard Harding, Justin Sheffield, Sue GrimmondMost of the world’s land surface and fresh water systems have been substantially modified and managed by man. Until recently few land surface models used within climate models included the effects of management but, in the last few years, land cover changes, urbanization, agriculture, dams, and water diversions (and irrigation) have been included within these models. This session will consider papers on these developments in land surface models and the anthropomorphic impacts on states, fluxes, and flows within the Earth system.
  • Data-assimilation in land surface and hydrological modelsRolf Reichle, Patricia deRosnayThis session highlights advances in the development and applications of land data assimilation systems (LDAS). Such systems merge land surface observations (in situ or remotely sensed) with estimates from land surface models to initialize weather and seasonal climate forecasts, monitor and predict extreme events, provide improved background information for atmospheric data assimilation, improve process understanding, and support model development. Contributions may include studies that evaluate, compare, or improve land data assimilation methods, assess the impact of land data assimilation on model state or flux estimates, use LDAS in NWP, climate or hydrological applications, and address simultaneous assimilation of multiple observation types to obtain a comprehensive picture of the water cycle. Contributions that use current and planned hydrology satellite missions and satellite products (e.g., ASCAT, SMOS, SMAP, and SWOT) are also encouraged.
  • Biosphere, water, carbon, and the climate system?Markus Reichstein, Steven StitchEarth’s terrestrial ecosystems are highly coupled with the hydrological, energy and biogeochemical cycles, and this is having a profound impact on guiding land surface model development for a wide range of time and spatial scale applications. The models themselves have evolved rapidly in recent years, increasing in complexity and input requirements. In turn, communities around the world have been investing in modeling both the physical (GEWEX) and biogeochemical (iLEAPS) systems largely in parallel. This session focuses on the evolution of atmospheric models towards fully integrated Earth system models and bridging the gaps between the GEWEX and iLEAPS communities and models. Contributions include the improved understanding of carbon and nitrogen cycle interactions and their influence on the terrestrial carbon sink, and the response of ecosystems to climate change and disturbances from both anthropogenic influences and natural variability.
  • New satellite observations for water cycle research and their utility in Land Surface Model developmentJay Famiglietti, Xin Li, Dai YamazakiThe session focuses on the potential of recent and planned satellite missions (SMOS, GCOM-W, GPM, SMAP, SWOT, Sentinel-1, EarthCARE, and others) and their contributions to water cycle research, and usefulness for improved assessment of land surface models and their development. Contributions can include OSSE experiments, simulations of planned observations; development of retrieval algorithms; applications for understanding hydrological processes; data assimilation studies with land surface models; new products; and applications studies of the use of these planned observations.
  • Cold season precipitation and projected changes in snow from observations, models, and reanalyses?Sarah Kapnick, Chris Derksen, Ralf BennartzThis session seeks papers dealing with snow in its various forms (i.e., snowfall and snow on the ground) in observations, models, and reanalyses. Of particular interest are those papers that compare and contrast more that one source of information as well as papers dealing with the validation of snow estimates or projections in various environments.
  • Hydrology of high elevation areasJohn Pomeroy, Richard Essery, Ma YaomingHigh mountains often receive relatively high precipitation volumes, which can quickly form runoff from rainfall, or are stored as snow and ice and form melt water when energy inputs are sufficient. This session will focus on advances in high mountain hydrology, including precipitation, process understanding, observational advances, model development and validation, applications, climate change impacts and projections of future snow and ice hydrology under a changing climate.
  • Land precipitation and drought: observations, modeling, errors and uncertaintyRemy Roca, Olga Zolina, Vincenzo LevizzaniThe session focuses on changes and variability in land precipitation (including temporal and spatial accumulation and statistical distribution) across different scales from local to global, as seen in both models and observations. Papers are welcomed that address quantification of light precipitation, and understanding its impact on in-situ, satellite and NWP data; orographic, lake, and urban effects and their impacts on quantitative precipitation estimation; the diurnal cycle, and validation of satellite retrievals and products including continental, regional, and local scales on multiple time scales.

Category 3: ATMOSPHERE

  • Cloud to rainfall transitions – Linking multi-parameter observations to processes and modelsChris Kummerow, Bjorn Stevens, Jay Mace, Hugh Morrison, Ben ShipwayFundamental questions remain regarding the onset of precipitation in warm phase clouds around the globe. This session seeks improved understanding from field campaigns, modeling studies and satellite observations relating cloud processes in various large scale environments. Key aspects of the session will be to lay the foundation for coordinated satellite and in-situ observations intended to improve parameterizations used at cloud resolving model scales and to understand some of the limitations of current parameterizations.
  • The coupling of clouds, precipitation, and radiation to the large-scale circulation?Sandrine Bony, Chris BrethertonThis session addresses the coupling of clouds and precipitation to the large-scale atmospheric circulation, both in the present-day climate and under climate change. How does the circulation affect cloud and precipitation distribution and properties, and vice versa? How do these issues feed into uncertainties in climate model simulations of the hydrological cycle? Analyses using observations, climate models, process models or simple models are welcome.
  • Improving the representation of precipitation, cloud, and radiation processes in atmospheric models?Jon Petch, Robert Pincus, Steve WoolnoughClouds, precipitation, and radiation are central to atmospheric modeling across time and space scales, from a few hundred meters to global, and from hours to centuries. Submissions are invited on science that can improve the representation of these processes at all scales, including specialized studies of the underlying processes, novel model evaluation techniques, general parameterization development, the innovative use of observations, and especially work applicable across a range of scales.
  • Improving the understanding and modeling of the land-atmosphere interface?Paul Dirmeyer, Bert Holtslag, Adrian Lock, Joe SantanelloThis session addresses the advancement of insights into the representation of land-surface states and fluxes, and the complex interactions with the atmospheric boundary layer. Findings from state-of-the-art weather and climate models, single-column models, and large eddy simulations; coupling across scales from local to global, and from the diurnal cycle to decades are welcome.


Conference Venue
The Conference will be held at the World Forum, located in The Hague. It is a full-service international congress venue located in the heart of the World Forum zone.

Getting to the Hague
There are two options to get to the Hague.

  • Taxi: the cheapest taxi option is , costing about 45 Euros from Schiphol Airport to the World Forum.
  • Public Transit: use the trip planner at to see how to get from Schiphol Airport to the World Forum or from Schiphol Airport to your hotel. The cost is approximately 13 Euro total to get from Schiphol to the World Forum and the trip involves taking a train, a tram, and walking.

For a list of hotels in the vicinity of the Conference venue, please visit our hotel booking page.


The Conference budget essentially consists of registration fees and contributions by sponsors. We will offer financial assistance to support the attendance of PhD students, early career scientists, and a select few keynote speakers. Sponsorship received for the Conference will be channeled into reducing registration fees as well as supporting travel and accommodation costs for applicants needing help.

We have four levels of sponsorship:

Platinum: €50,000
Gold: €20,000
Silver: €5,000
Bronze: Less than €5,000

To view the Sponsorship Prospectus, please click here.

We are very grateful for all sponsorship offered, as this will help facilitate the attendance of scientists who otherwise may not be able to attend this Conference. To date, we have secured the following sponsors:











Abstract Submission Now Closed

The deadline to submit your abstract was extended to 28 February 2014, but abstract submission is now closed. The 40 Euro fee for submitting an abstract is a nonrefundable.

GEWEX Summer Sessions
Registration Now Closed

The GEWEX Summer Sessions are free of charge and will be open to a limited number (maximum of 30) of graduate students, post docs, and early career scientists. This 3-day course will be presented by some of the world’s most esteemed scientists in the area of energy and water cycle research. The sessions, covering  various aspects of observations, modeling, and prediction of the energy and water cycle and related processes, will be a mix of lectures and practical exercises.

Students who attend the GEWEX Summer Sessions are expected to submit an abstract and attend the 7th International Scientific Conference on the Global Water and Energy Cycle, which is being held directly after the sessions. Financial support to attend the Conference and Summer Sessions is available to qualified candidates.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission Now Closed
  • Financial Support Application Now Closed
  • GEWEX Summer Session Registration Deadline Now Closed
  • Acceptance E-mails Sent Out: Mid April 2014. Email if you haven’t received a notification yet!
  • Program to be Posted: Mid April 2014
  • Presentation Upload: 9 July 2014
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