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.

The major aims of the conference are:


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.

The following sub-topic are identified for this conference:

  • 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.