The Norwegian Hydrological Council
The Norwegian Hydrological Council

30th Nordic Hydrological Conference - 2018


The Nordic Hydrological Conference is a biennial event, focusing on improved understanding of the water cycle and the practical application of hydrological methods within applied science and national planning in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

Event Type:
Aug. 13-15, 2018
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
Bergen , Norway

  • To bridge the gap between hydrological research and operational hydrology.
  • To promote the exchange of information between the scientific communities
  • To inform administrative bodies, the private sector and the public about how hydrological knowledge can improve decision-making.
  • To encourage and stimulate regional cooperation between hydrological institutions across the national borders of the region.
  • To be a forum where both young and more experienced hydrologists can meet.

Hydrology and water resources management in a changing world – this main topic reflects key challenges in both the scientific communities as well as the public and private sectors managing water resources. The NHC 2018 will be an excellent venue for dissemination of project results and for accumulating knowledge across projects and institutions. It offers a platform for sharing of knowledge between the Nordic and Baltic countries and will contribute to link research and practice.

  • Advanced methods and technology in hydrological modelling. Hydrological modelling is instrumental both for scientific application and for providing public services. This session welcomes presentations addressing, algorithms, tools, platforms and systems used within hydrology.
  • Land atmosphere interactions in high latitude and cold regions. Climate change is impacting the high latitudes more rapidly and significantly than any other region of the Earth. This session will address parameterisations of processes in earth system models controlling the interactions and feedbacks between the land (snow, ice, permafrost, soil and vegetation) and the atmosphere at high latitudes, including the boreal, alpine and arctic zone and the influence of climate and land cover changes on water and energy fluxes.
  • Surface water, groundwater and blue-green solutions in urban areas: Handling surface water in cities is a challenge. With increasing intensity of rainfall for short periods, the challenges will also increase. Events in Copenhagen and elsewhere in Northern Europe in early June 2013 are examples of challenges with headlines like “Rain showers in the cities cost far more than floods” (Aftenposten, June 2, 2013). Oslo and other major cities have similar events. Surface water and groundwater must be handled in a comprehensive and not separate manner in order to handle the climate change of the future in a cost-effective and sustainable manner. The drainage and piping of today is not designed for the rainfall of the future, and it is also expensive to clean rainwater that is taken along with the graywater. Alternative solutions for surface water management, tailored to future precipitation forecasts and “in harmony” with groundwater, will provide solutions that can withstand heavy rainfall episodes and save society for high costs.
  • This interdisciplinary sub-session will focus on surface water management in a sustainable manner, use and regulation of groundwater and underground, and benefits and challenges with alternative “blue-green” solutions for water management in urban areas. As an extra inspiration, a visit to Bryggen will be arranged at the second day of the conference. During this short field trip we will learn how surface water infiltration is used to stabilize groundwater levels and stop the subsidence of this famous World Heritage Site.
  • Small catchment hydrology and flash floods. Small experimental catchments with detailed instrumentation is necessary in order to advance knowledge in hydrological processes. These catchments are also the most sensitive to future changes in extreme precipitation. This session welcomes presentations on results from experimental catchments and has a particular focus on processes generating flash floods.
  • Water consumption and environmental impacts. The concept of water footprint and environmental impacts is of growing concern internationally when water resources are utilized. This session will address water use and discuss new methods for assessment and mitigation of impacts.
  • The role of hydropower in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Hydropower plays a key role in a future energy systems based on other intermittent renewable energy resources (i.e. wind and solar power). This session will address hydrology, tools and approaches for analysing the role of hydropower in today’s and the future energy systems.
  • Climate services – bridge the gap from science to management. Climate services provide climate information to assists decision making by individuals and organisations. This session will address approaches to develop high-quality data of projections and scenarios, risk and vulnerability analyses, assessments, and as well as end user needs.

Monday 13 August 2018


10.00 Welcome session

10.20 Keynote session

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Parallel sessions

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Parallel sessions

14:30 NHF general assembly + coffee

16:00-17.00 Parallel sessions

18:00 Reception

Tuesday 14 August 2018


09:00 Keynote session

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Guided walking tour

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Parallel sessions

15:20-18:00 Poster session + coffee

19:30 Conference dinner

Wednesday 15 August 2018

09:00 Keynote session

09:40 Coffee break

10:00 Parallel sessions

11:40 Closing session

12:30 Lunch

Marco Borga

Marco Borga is a full professor of Hydrology and Hydraulics at the University of Padova (Italy). Currently his main research interests are: water resources management (climate impacts and feedbacks, risk management, water and society, water and energy) and hydrological predictions and modelling (runoff models, rainfall estimates from radar and satellite for runoff modelling, flood and flash flood forecasts). He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Hydrology and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Flood Risk Management.

Title of presentation: “Flash floods: a changing risk in a changing society”

Tor Haakon Bakken

Tor Haakon Bakken holds a PhD in water resources management and is presently working as research scientist at SINTEF Energy Research, and acts as a part-time lecturer at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Bakken has a wide experience within water resources management and development of renewable energy projects during his professional career in Norway and internationally. Bakken’s present focus is on sustainable development of hydropower resources, the role of reservoirs in water resources management and environmental impacts from hydropower projects. Bakken is one of the lead-authors of the chapter “Environmental Impacts from Hydropower development” in the World Energy Council’s Resources 2015 report. Bakken has published more than 20 peer-reviewed publications during his career.

Title of presentation: “Water footprint of hydropower – are reservoirs consumers or collectors?”

Tone Merete Muthanna

Tone Merete Muthanna is an associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, and a member of IWA and IAHR joint committee on Urban Drainage, and the national IWA committee in Norway. Her key research interests are urban hydrology and stormwater management, blue-green infrastructure, and urban resilience in face of climate change. She has been involved in several research projects on national and European level with focus on stormwater management for better water balance at cultural heritage sites including the Bryggen site in Bergen.

Title of presentation: “Building urban resilience through transformation and reinvention of urban surface  water management in harmony with groundwater”

Helen Bonsor

Helen Bonsor is a senior scientist at the British Geological Survey in Scotland, and the Chair of the IAH urban groundwater network. Alongside her key groundwater research interests, she is currently leading a 3-year-KE Fellowship in Scotland to develop new wider collaboration between Scotland’s statutory environmental agencies, our key research bodies, and the Improvement Service in Scotland, to improve the accessibility of research to planning, in response to the Planning Bill, Scotland (2017).

Title of presentation: “Bridging the gap between disciplines to solve future water challenges in cities, with examples from the UK”.

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