Saman is chosen as the recipient of the Canadian Geophysical Union 2019 Young Scientist Award. This prestigious recognition is a competitive award, and it recognizes outstanding research contributions by a young scientist who is also a CGU member.(http://cgu-ugc.ca/awards/youngscientistaward/)

The award will be presented to him at this year’s IUGG meeting in Montreal (http://iugg2019montreal.com/).

Congrats Saman on this wonderful recognition!

Saman was invited to give a talk at the ECCC’s Flow Forecasting Workshop in Vancouver. This workshop was co-hosted by Environment and Climate Change Canada, Global Water Futures (https://gwf.usask.ca/) and FloodNET (http://www.nsercfloodnet.ca/). In his talk he discussed implications of Integrated Modelling and Model Sensitivity Analysis for flow forecasting. Experts from academic, regulatory, and industrial sectors from all provinces and various universities attended this workshop.

Lab members had a very active presence at the AGU Fall Meeting 2018.

Members (in bold)
Type Title
Juliane Mai, Mary C Hill, Saman Razavi, Matthia Cuntz Session convener Diagnostics, Sensitivity, and Uncertainty Analysis of Earth and Environmental Models I
Fuad Yassin, Mohamed Elshamy, Saman Razavi, Howard Wheater Oral presentation Towards an Improved Parameterization of Reservoir Operation for Large-Scale Hydrological Modeling
Juliane Mai & others (incl. Shervan Gharari, Saman Razavi, Amin Haghnegahdar) Poster presentation The Great Lakes Runoff Inter-comparison Project for Lake Erie (GRIP-E)
Nhu Cuong Do, Saman Razavi Oral presentation Variogram-based global sensitivity analysis of environmental models with dependent variables
Alain Pietroniro, John W Pomeroy, Saman Razavi, Howard S. Wheater Poster presentation The Global Water Futures Core Modelling Strategy
Saman Razavi, Razi Sheikholeslami, Hoshin Vijai Gupta, Amin Haghnegahdar Poster presentation VARS-TOOL: A Novel Toolbox for Comprehensive and Efficient Global Sensitivity Analysis
Amin Haghnegahdar, Saman Razavi Poster presentation Towards Improved Subsurface Representation in Land Surface-Hydrology Models
Razi Sheikholeslami, Amin Haghnegahdar, Saman Razavi Poster presentation Strategies for Handling Simulation Model Crashes in Global Sensitivity Analysis
Andrew Slaughter, Saman Razavi, Daniel G. Princz Poster presentation Integration of a water resource management model with large-scale land surface modelling for integrated management of Canadian large river basins.

Amin was invited by Department of Civil and Env. Eng. at Shiraz University, to give a talk on IMPC and a workshop on VARS. In his talk Amin introduced GIWS and Razavi’s Lab group, followed by an overview of the GWF and IMPC programs. He then introduced the sensitivity and uncertainty analysis concepts in modelling, followed by a detailed presentation on the VARS approach. He finished the workshop by a hands on step-by-step example using the MATLAB software VARS-TOOL. Nearly 40 graduate students and faculty members attended tthe workshop who received a certificate at the end.

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The session was tiltled “Hydro-economic modelling for transboundary river basin management- Towards more integrated approaches”, and was meant to advocate the sharing of experiences around effective transboundary water management solutions and discuss lessons learnt in translating modelling results to support policymakers in making informed decisions. Saman was specifically asked to comment on “how can hydro-economic models help policy making?”

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IMPC held its first annual meeting on July 18-19th, 2018 at National Hydrology Research Centre, Saskatoon. This was a chance for members of the IMPC team, as well as the Global Water Futures (GWF) core modelling team, to present, evaluate, and discuss their progress over the past year. Strategies for user-engagement and knowledge mobilization was also discussed during the meeting.

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This annual award is granted to a member of the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) in recognition of their outstanding excellence in water security research as acknowledged by their peers. The selection criteria include, International Stature, Impact of Research, Training of Highly Qualified Personnel, and Research Productivity. The award was announced during the GIWS- World Water Day 2018 event. Congratulations Saman!

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