Central Asia Hydrology: Applied Modeling - CAHAM Coursebook, 2022 Version

We are proud to announce the 2022 release of the CAHAM - Central Asia Hydrology: Applied Modeling Handbook.

This online handbook on hydrological modeling of Central Asian river basins is geared towards young water professionals in Central Asia. They inherit fascinatingly complex natural and man-made hydrological systems. They face work where opportunities for modernization abound after decades of limited investments in the water sectors of the countries and where continuous population growth and a changing climate pose emerging challenges. At the same time, they face work in a field that has enabled the region to prosper and flourish over hundreds if not thousands of years.

Sample screenshot from the online book. The book's open eduational philosophy promotes the use of open source data for hydrological modeling.

The authors hope that this easily online translatable textbook provides a source of inspiration for these students and that the text and the methods presented will also be used by teachers and integrated in university curricula locally. Of course, it also serves as a resource for anybody else interested in the region and the topic.

Different types of hydrological modeling approaches are introduced. Here, an example is shown using the free to use RSMinerve software.

The book is dedicated to colleagues at the Central Asian Hydrometeorological Agencies whose tireless work in collecting and analyzing hydro-meteorological data in Central Asia has helped to significantly improve our understanding of the complex runoff generation processes at work in the region.

In a modern browser, the online CAHAM Handbook can be translated to any language of your choice by the click of the mouse. As an example, the Russian language version is shown.

The authors are grateful for the support by the Global Water Programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation who greatly helped to push the envelop further with regard to modern water education in the Central Asia region.


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