Session 2: Water under climate change

Central Asia is one of the hot spots for climate change, where warming rates are much higher than the global average. Unfortunately, this will affect the water cycle and availability in the region. Glaciers are expected to shrink significantly and lead to water shortages during the summer months, when it is critical for agricultural production. Moreover, the frequency of natural disasters is expected to increase due to the instability of the slopes and the ever-increasing number of dangerous glacial lakes. Thus, some water management practices need to be questioned and new adaptation measures and management options developed in a changing climate. It starts from the formation of water resources to the management and governance of water resources.

This session focuses on water management in the face of climate change in Central Asia. Topics covered, but not limited to: the impact of climate on the availability of water resources, water management issues taking into account the water-food-energy relationship, and water governance in Central Asia. The session will bring together academics and decision makers to bridge the gap between theory and practice. We are committed to providing state-of-the-art innovative solutions and scientific discoveries to contribute to improving water management strategies in the face of climate change in Central Asia. Some of the selected articles for this session will be published in a special issue or book chapter after the conference.


Dr. Abror Gafurov,

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany


Almas Kitapbayev,

Kazakh-German University, Kazakhstan

Session partners:

Main speakers

Prof. Martin Hölzle

University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Prof. Abdulkhakim Salohiddinov

Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers, Uzbekistan

Prof. Christoph Schneider

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HUB), Germany

Dr. Saken Baisholanov

Climatology Department of the International Scientific Complex "Astana", Kazakhstan

Prof. Martin Hölzle is professor of physical geography at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He is a member of the Advisory Committee on Climate Change (OcCC) of the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication (DETEC), scientific advisor to the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) and former President of the Swiss Society for Snow, Ice and Permafrost. For more than 25 years he has been developing modern, strongly interdisciplinary strategies for observing the alpine cryosphere and has extensive knowledge of complex process chains in high mountains.

Christoph Schneider is a professor for Climate-Geography at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HUB). With a background in physics and geography his research spans a variety of topics related to the impact of spatial and temporal climate variability related to landscape features, water availability, components of the cryosphere, and urban climatology published in more than 90 peer-reviewed publications. Currently, he serves as speaker of the review board Geography of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), as member of the Steering Committee of Geo.X, the Research Network for Geosciences in Berlin and Brandenburg, and as member of the Advisory Board of the Central Asia Institute of Applied Geosciences (CAIAG). He has been leading and participating in a series of interdisciplinary and international research activities.

Dr. Saken Baisholanov is Head of the Climatology Department of the International Scientific Complex "Astana". Dr. Baisholanov holds MA in Odessa Hydrometeorological Institute, Faculty of Meteorology. He has more than 20 years of experience on meteorology, hydrology. Dr. Baisholanov has a large experience and has more than 100 publications in the climate change research and forecasting future climate and water resources conditions for sustainable development of agriculture. Dr. Baisholanov Early in his professional career Dr. Baisholanov worked as an engineer at the Agricultural meteorology department of Kazhydromet.

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