Conference Introduction

The World has entered in the era of intense urbanization. The trend of rapid growth of cities and towns in developing countries is continuing. Such an extraordinary urban growth has exerted enormous pressures on water resources and the urban environment as well as ecological systems. The situation is further exacerbated by climate change and other stressors such as pollution. Protecting the water environment is now one of the most important and pressing issues that demand great attention in all parts of the world. Urban watershed management is therefore critically important to the sustainable use of water resources and the protection of valuable eco-systems. Much research findings and experiences have been gained in recent decades on urban water environment protection technologies, modeling methodologies, and management strategies.

The International Watershed Management Conference series was inaugurated in 1997 at the University of Virginia to provide a forum for sharing research and experiences in watershed management practices. The second conference was held at the University of Virginia in 1999, the third in Taipei in 2001, the fourth in Shenzhen, China in 2004, the fifth in Chengdu, China in 2007, the sixth in Nanchang, China in 2009, the seventh in Auckland, New Zealand in 2010, and the eighth in Beijing, China in 2011.

Tianjin Chengjian University (TCU) will hold the 9th International Conference on Urban Watershed Management: Sustainable Water Technologies and Impact Assessment of Climate Change (9th ICUWM). The objective of the 9th ICUWM is to bring together professionals from various parts of the world together to discuss urban watershed management strategies; techniques and practices for water environment protection and water reuse; modeling and impact assessment of climate change, and institutional/organizational issues that are important in achieving a sustainable utilization of water resources.

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