Introduction

River Basin Management 2019 is the 10th Conference in the series which marks the growing international interest in the planning, design and management of river basin systems.

River Basin Management includes all aspects of Hydrology, Ecology, Environmental Management, Flood Plains and Wetlands. Riverine systems are coming under increasing pressure due to anthropological and natural causes. Prominent amongst the problems affecting them is water scarcity and quality, which requires the development of improved methods for better river management.

Changes in the landscape, use of the land and climate conditions lead to a continuous revaluation of river basin management objectives. This requires the development of better measuring tools as well as the use of increasingly accurate computer software.

Catastrophic events such as floods and associated landslides, erosion and sedimentation can have serious effects not only on life and property but also on the basin ecology. Frequently these problems are aggravated by the unforeseen consequences of man made changes in the river basin. This has led in recent years to work on river restoration and rehabilitation with various degrees of success.

The first River Basin Management conference took place in Cardiff, UK in 2001, followed by meetings in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (2003); Bologna, Italy (2005); Kos, Greece (2007); Malta (2009); Riverside, California (2011); The New Forest, UK (2013), home of the Wessex Institute; A Coruna, Spain (2015) and Prague, Czech Republic (2017).

The objective of this series of conferences is to bring together practitioners and researchers in academia and industry in the hope that their interaction will foster mutual understanding and lead to better solutions for river basins.

Papers presented at the River Basin Management meetings are permanently available to the international community in digital format at www.witpress.com/elibrary.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at River Basin Management 2019. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Water resources management
  • Flood risk management
  • Ecological and environmental impact
  • Erosion and sediment transport
  • Hydrological modelling
  • River restoration and rehabilitation
  • Hydropower issues and development
  • River and watershed management
  • Water quality issues
  • Organic contamination management
  • Agricultural pollution
  • Transboundary water issues
  • Estuaries and deltas
  • Climate change
  • Water quality and health
  • Socio-economic issues
  • Water governance and policies
  • Data acquisition, management and analysis
  • Hydraulic structures
  • Experimental measurements
  • Rain water management
  • Water energy nexus
  • Ecosystem services
  • Extreme hydrological phenomena
  • Drought risk management
  • Hydraulic modelling
  • Geographical information systems
  • Remote sensing in hydrology
  • Water law

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at River Basin Management 2019 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (ISSN: 1743-3541). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students

The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

Networking

Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning (ISSN: 1743-7601; Digital ISSN: 1743-761X) or the International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics (ISSN: 1755-7437; Digital ISSN: 1755-7445).

Publication of Papers

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication

Papers presented at River Basin Management 2019 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (ISSN: 1743-3541). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning (ISSN: 1743-7601; Digital ISSN: 1743-761X) or the International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics (ISSN: 1755-7437; Digital ISSN: 1755-7445).

Location Information

AlicanteLocated on the east coast of Spain and a part of the Costa Blanca, Alicante is a city, which combines history with its lively coastline and beaches. The popular Postiguet beach and excellent climate attract many tourists every year; however, the city has much more to offer with an old centre containing historic churches, art and archaeological museums, and traditional narrow shopping streets with many bars, restaurants and cafes.

Close to the old town, the dramatic Castillo de Santa Barbara offers excellent views of the city and coastline from its elevated position on “Monte Bernacantil”, and is one of Spain’s largest medieval fortresses. It can be accessed by road, but there is also an elevator and, from the beach Playa de Postiguet, a tunnel that was carved into the rock. From the top of the mountain, you have a beautiful view of the city, the harbour, and, in the South, the Island of Tabarca.

The Basilica de Santa Maria is the oldest church in the city and dates to the 14th-16th Century. It was built in Valencian Gothic style over the remains of a former Moorish Mosque. The basilica had to be rebuilt following a fire in the 15th century. Its baroque facade is crowned by two asymmetrical towers – one built in the 14th century and the other in the 18th century. Highlights include the doorway with its image of the Virgin Mary by sculptor Juan Bautista Borja. Inside it boasts an 18th-century rococo main altar and the Bautismo, Inmaculada and Comunión chapels. The chapterhouse contains an enormous baptismal font from the 16th century and a Valencian baroque organ from 1653.

In addition to historical buildings, the city also hosts many varied events and fiestas throughout the year. One of the most important events in the city’s diary is the Fogueres de Sant Joan Festival. This festivals origins lie in the tradition of burning useless objects with the arrival of the summer solstice.

Further information about Alicante can be found on the Alicante Tourist Information website: http://www.alicanteturismo.com/?lang=en

Travel Information

Conference venue address:

Sede Universitaria Ciudad de Alicante,
C/ San Fernando 40
03001 Alicante,
Spain


Alicante airport

Alicante International Airport (formerly known as El Altet, Alicante) is located 11km from the city centre and offers flights from most big European cities as well as connecting flights from Madrid and Barcelona (the two largest international airports in Spain).

Visit airport website to see all available destinations and airlines operating in Alicante:
http://www.aena.es/en/alicante-airport/index.html

Travelling from Alicante Airport to the city centre

By Bus: Bus C6 (operated by SU Bus) runs from outside Terminal 1 at Alicante airport every 20 minutes to the city centre throughout the day, seven days a week. It stops at Luceros and Mercado TRAM stations (lines 1, 2, 3 and 4), and at RENFE station.
The journey costs €3.86 (one-way) and takes approximately 35 minutes, connecting with both rail and tram stations. You can purchase your ticket on board with the driver.

By Taxi: Taxis are plentiful and can be found outside of arrivals. A taxi to the centre of Alicante will cost approximately 25€.

By Road: There are several hire companies at Alicante Airport including Avis, Hertz, Sixt and Europcar. To drive into the centre of Alicante you need to take the N-338 out of the airport which connects you to the N-332. From the N-332 follow the signs to Alicante.


Travelling to Alicante from other Major Spanish Cities

By Rail

Rail services from major Spanish cities operate to the central station, with Madrid approximately three and half hours away by train, and Barcelona a five-hour journey.

RENFE – Spanish Rail network - http://www.renfe.com/

By Road

Coaches to Alicante are available from many large cities across Spain including Madrid, Valencia and Granada. The city is well connected to the Spanish motorway network making coach travel from other cities simpler.

ALSA operates coaches between Alicante and most Spanish cities: https://www.alsa.com/en/web/bus/home


Moving around in Alicante

Many of the main attractions in Alicante are within walking distance of the centre, however, the city is also served by comprehensive bus and tram networks and taxis are plentiful. Tickets cost from 1.20€ for single bus journeys, and discount cards (TAM Cards) for multiple journeys can be purchased at the at the TAM office close to Mercado Station.

TRAM – Tram networks in Alicante - http://www.fgvalicante.com


Please note that all the information included above is correct as of August 2018. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Venue InformationAlicante Promenade

The conference will take place at San Fernando 40 Building, which is one of the venues the University of Alicante has in the city centre (Do not get confused with the main campus outside town).

Conference venue address:

Sede Universitaria Ciudad de Alicante,
C/ San Fernando 40
03001 Alicante,
Spain

Accommodation

Below you can find a list of hotels within 15 min walking distance from the Conference Venue. Please note that you are responsible for booking your own accommodation and settling your own account.

Abba Centrum Alicante (4*) http://www.abbacentrumalicante.com
C/ Pintor Lorenzo Casanova 31, 03003 Alicante

Hotel Meliá Alicante (4*) http://www.solmelia.com
Plaza del Puerto 3, 03001, Alicante

Hotel Spa Porta Maris (4*) http://www.hotelspaportamaris.com
Plaza Puerta del Mar 3, 03002 Alicante

Hotel Rambla (2*) http://www.hotelrambla.es/en/
Avda. Rambla Mendez Nuñez 9, 03002 Alicante

Hotel Tryp Ciudad Alicante (3*) http://www.melia.com/es/hoteles/espana/alicante/tryp-ciudad-de-alicante-hotel/index.html
C/ Gravina 9, Alicante

Additional Information

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Here's what our delegates have to say...

The conference was very high level. The papers have been interesting since each country addresses various problems in the context of air pollution. The coordination was perfect, the communication with the organizers (Mr. Giorgio Passerini, Mr. Giovannilo Perillo, Mr. James Longhurst, Ms. Stephanie Everest and other people from UWE Bristol) and the lecturers were very pleasant. Overall, the conference was a very pleasant experience for me, not only for the conference program but also for the people who were there. I would love to visit this conference again.

Lenka Frišhansová, Czech Republic (attended Air Pollution 2018)


The organisation of events by WIT are of the highest standards, which bring together multi disciplines of the Rail Industry. Delegates at these events are of a very high standard. The equipment provided was adequate for the presentaions. The locations are chosen with a good ease of access and the catering was of good quality.

Inara Watson, UK (attended COMPRAIL 2018)


The first conference papers I published during my PhD studies were through WIT, which helped me gain a solid footing in the academic world.

Tamas Pardy, Estonia (attended Complex Systems 2018)


Absolutely, it is an impressive and meaningful conference, which provides a platform for the researchers from different fields to communicate.

Yuping Dong, China (attended Eco-Architecture 2018)


I have been a regular attendee of many congresses organized by WIT and I must say that this is the most professional of all (congress) organisations I have experienced. The combination of content, people and location is always exciting. Thank you.

Jaap Vleugel, Netherlands (attended Environmental Impact 2018)


Excellent communication, high professional adviser, high level of the oral presentations, very good organization.

Teodor Tranca, Romania (attended HPSM/OPTI 2018)


The conference was organized and the trips were very well thought of. The conference personnel were friendly and cooperative, and made it smooth and enjoyable. It was one of the best conferences I have ever attended.

Lina M Kattan, Saudi Arabia (attended Islamic Heritage 2018)


Very interesting topics, invigorating discussions, and thought provoking papers. This well organized conference offers a good opportunity for publication.

Samar H Aljahdali, Saudi Arabia (attended Islamic Heritage 2018)


The conference was well organized. The topics were very interesting. The breaks provided the nice breathing room for discussions and networking with other participants. Merci beaucoup :)

Julius Bangate, France (attended Risk Analysis 2018)


Very well organized, as well as in the communication before the conference as during the conference itself. My compliments for the professional approach and the informal, good atmosphere among delegates!

RH Zomerman, Netherlands (attended Sustainable Development and Planning 2018)


I have attended more than 12 conferences since 2007 and can appreciate the excellent organization and the high quality of the research presented in all of them. Congratulations for the organizers!

Antonina Ivanova, Mexico (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


Efficient conference management and family-like atmosphare

Hiroshi Kato, Fiji (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


The Wessex institute is amazing, for me as a new academic it provided me the opportunity to learn and more so meet people that are working on interesting and relevant topics. I particulary enjoyed the variety of research topics presented. It is well organised, precise and to the point. Would really like to attend more of their conferences. Irene is also the best.

Jacqueline Mangwane, South Africa (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


The Wessex Institute provided an excellent conference organisation and a sound style of communication. The conference venue was also great and support before and during the conference was very nice.

Lorenz Poggendorf, Japan (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


I haven't thought that I could present my paper at an international conference. I had the greatest experience in my life. Thank you so much for organising the conference. I have learned a lot.

Nga Nguyen Thi Thanh, Vietnam (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


I am very grateful for this wonderful experience. It was my first conference and I am sure that I gained more experience. It was very motivating, a lovely opportunity to meet new people and to learn from their old experience as well. I was surprised to see experts from countries from all over the world and this creates union. Thank you. I had a great time and the surroundings are beautiful.

Carla Ana-Maria Tudorie, Spain (attended Urban Agriculture 2018)


My experience with the Wessex institute was one of a people who are keen in the fields of agricultural research and engineering programmes. The hosts were really warm, kind and receptive. The conference venue was great, the neighbourhood was serene, and it offered a very good opportunity for creating global networks. The management was good, so was the hospitality. And the people of New Forest are great. Priscilla stood out as a very caring and warm face of the conference. The other staff from Wessex were very interactive and cordial. The trip to the urban farms was a rich experience. The conference was a great success and I look forward to the next.

Scholastica Mathenge, Kenya (attended Urban Agriculture 2018)


This was the most interesting, most interdisciplinary, most international conference I have attended. I enjoyed meeting delegates working on urban agriculture from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. I look forward to the next conference.

Gaston "Chip" Small, USA (attended Urban Agriculture 2018)


My experience was decidedly postive. Urban Transport 2018 is the ideal place to have a cross-section of research from both academics and the business world. The ideal place to develop a network capable of stimulating future work.

Nicola Aldo Cabras, Italy (attended Urban Transport 2018)


A great opportunity to meet new colleagues and to make new contacts. Very good science level of the presentations.

Vasi Minzatu, Romania (attended Water Pollution 2018)