Ven Te Chow Memorial Award & Lecture and Best Paper 2015

IWRA Announced the Winners of the Ven Te Chow Memorial Award and Lecture, and the 2015 Best Paper.


IWRA has offered the Ven Te Chow Memorial Award and Lecture since 1988 in the name of the great hydrologist who was also the Association’s founder and first president. This year the award went, fittingly, to one of the great internationally recognized water engineer-hydrologists of our era, Professor V. P. Singh, Distinguished Professor and Caroline and William N. Lehrer Distinguished Chair in Water Engineering at Texas A & M University. Prof. Singh has published nearly 900 journal articles; 25 textbooks; 57 edited books; and 104 book chapters in the area of hydrology and water resources. He has received more than 70 national and international awards, including the IWRA Crystal Drop in 2015. His work is on the cutting edge of innovative research. His lecture on “Challenges in meeting water security and resilience” is appropriately timely and critical.
Access the XVI World Water Congress (29 May-3 June 2017) Awards Ceremony draft Programme and more details on this lecture by clicking here.


We take the nomination of Best Paper and honourable mention very seriously, so the selection process is a bit elaborate. A short list of candidate papers is drawn up by the editors of Water International, reviewed by the IWRA Publications Committee, and forwarded to the WI Editorial Board, which selects a candidate or candidates. These are then forwarded to the IWRA Awards Committee and from there to the President and the Executive Board for final approval. Selection of best papers is based on relevance, rigor, impact and any other factors deemed important by members of the Editorial Board “jury”.

Certificates were given to the winning authors’ representatives at IWRA’s XVI World Water Congress, held in Cancun, Mexico, from May 29th to June 3rd, 2017.

From the 2015 issues we had one best paper, and one paper that deserved honorable mention.


China’s southbound transboundary river basins: a case of asymmetry

Mirja Kattelus, Matti Kummu, Marko Keskinen, Aura Salmivaara & Olli Varis

An overview is presented of the contemporary societal and environmental development situation in the six major transboundary river basins that drain south from China: the Red River, Mekong, Salween, Irrawaddy, Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna and Indus. The overall societal and environmental vulnerability of the basins is assessed using multidimensional river basin vulnerability analysis. The analysis shows that while China has a fairly low level of vulnerability in these basins, its downstream influence is substantial. This setting offers a plethora of opportunities for transboundary cooperation and calls for a high level of responsibility from the upstream riparian countries.

This paper is a product of the Water and Development Research Group (WDRG) at Aalto University, Finland. Mirja Kattelus is Junior Professional Expert, Water Services Trust Fund, Nairobi, Kenya, and a newly minted (2017) D.Sc. from the university. Matti Kummu is Assistant Professor at Aalto. Marko Keskinen is University Lecturer and researcher there. Aura Salmivaara is a post-doctoral researcher at the Natural Resources Institute Finland. Olli Varis, a former IWRA Vice-President, is Vice Dean and Professor at Aalto University, and Leader of the WDRG.