International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM)
The International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM) is “under the auspices of UNESCO” and operated out of the Corps of Engineers’ Institute for Water Resources. It is one of two UNESCO “category 2” centers in the US, and one of a network of about 20 water-themed UNESCO centers worldwide.
Its mission is the advancement of the science and practice of IWRM to address water challenges through new knowledge, innovative technologies, collaborative interdisciplinary scientific research, networking, training and capacity development, within the framework of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP).
Example activities include:
Customized short courses on topics such as hydrologic and hydrogeologic modeling.
Shared Vision Planning: On-the-ground assistance in integrating water resources planning principles, systems modeling and collaboration—a practical forum for making water management decisions under the threat of climate change.
Near-real time stream-flow forecasting systems, coupling satellite precipitation measurements and distributed hydrologic models.
Regional frequency analysis for droughts in data-poor regions: Free, non-proprietary software to answer practical questions for decision-makers, such as “What is the likelihood that the current drought lasts X months?”