History of the Commission world map
Programmes > HWRP > Commission for Hydrology > History of the Commission



Professor Igor A. Shiklomanov

Professor ShiklomanovIt is with deep regret and sorrow that we learn of the sudden death of Professor Igor A. Shiklomanov, the Director of the State Hydrological Institute, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. He passed away on August 22, 2010, in his 72nd year, in St. Petersburg.

Professor Shiklomanov was well-known to hydrologists of many countries. He was recognized as one of the world’s foremost authority on hydrology and water resources, and was the author of more than 250 publications, including the world-wide known monographs “Comprehensive Assessment of the Freshwater Resources of the World” (WMO, 1997), “World Water Resources at the Beginning of the 21st Century” (Cambridge University Press, 2003), “Water Resources as a Challenge of the Twenty-First Century” (WMO, 2004) and “Water Resources of Russia and Their Use” (Nauka, 2008). For more than 30 years, Professor Igor Shiklomanov actively contributed to international cooperation in the field of hydrology and water resources within UNESCO, WMO, IAHS and UNEP. His many years of dedicated services for the WMO Technical Commission for Hydrology and as chair of the Working Group on Hydrology of Regional Association II (Asia) have been exemplary, as he helped shaping the Hydrology and Water Resources Programme of WMO. His contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), first as a Co-Chair of the Hydrology and Water Resources Working Group during the First IPCC Assessment and later as a Lead Author of the Hydrology and Water Resources Chapter of the Working Group II (Impacts) report during the Third IPCC Assessment, are unforgettable.

Professor Shiklomanov’s scientific activity was highly recognized by the international scientific community. He was the only Russian hydrologist awarded the International Prize of UNESCO, WMO and IAHS for outstanding achievements in hydrology and international cooperation (2001) and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievements (2006).


Professor Robert (Bob) H. Clark

Professor ClarkRobert (Bob) H. CLARK, who was President and Vice-president of the Commission for Hydrology, passed away peacefully after a brief illness in hospital on January 1, 2007 at the age of 85 years. Throughout his life Bob was driven by the need to establish importance of informed water management as a cornerstone of national and international public policy to achieve all round development and greater well-being.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, he graduated in 1943 in Civil Engineering and took the Master's degree in 1945 in Hydraulics and Water Power Engineering from McGill University. In 1948, he established the first formal Canadian university course in hydrology. He developed and presented graduate courses on water resources management at both the University of Waterloo and McGill, where he was Adjunct Professor in Civil Engineering from 1980 through 1987. He was the author of over 45 technical papers and contributed chapters to several texts on hydrology, hydraulics, water resources and tidal power development.

During his 27-year tenure with the Federal government, he served on 11 federal boards dealing with various river systems across Canada dealing with allocation and regulation of waters, development of hydroelectric power, flood control and irrigation. During this period, he served on 14 international boards and committees of the International Joint Commission (IJC) initially set up to explore and plan the allocation, development and regulation of transboundary rivers. In 1957, he was instrumental in establishing a Subcommittee on Hydrology at the National Research Council, which proved highly successful in promoting hydrology and hydrological research, both at home and abroad. He was named Officer of the Order of Canada in October 1999.

Following his retirement in 1980, Bob became increasingly involved in exploring the possibilities of tidal power development around the world, making assessment of the tidal power potential at sites ranging from Cook Inlet, Alaska to Gulf of Khambat, India. He was also actively involved in the analysis of hydrologic data for planning and design of various projects in Honduras, Belize, Jamaica, Bolivia, Nepal, Egypt and the Zambezi River basin in Africa. Over the past 10 years, he completed the textbook, Elements of Tidal-Electric Engineering, to be published in spring 2007 by John Wiley and Sons.

He was associated with the Commission for Hydrology, in its work since its first session in Washington, in 1961. He took the initiative in developing "Guide and Technical Regulations" as chairman of the working group during the third session of the Commission, held in Geneva in 1968. In its fourth session at Buenos Aires in 1972, Commission designated Mr. Clark as the Vice-President of the Commission. At the following session at Ottawa the Commission unanimously elected him as the President and was reelected in Madrid in 1980. Under his leadership the Commission substantially contributed to the preparation of the United Nations Water Conference in Mar del Plata, Argentina in 1977. Mr. Clark was an ardent advocate of the CHy dealing more effectively with water resources management.



World Meteorological Organization, 7bis, avenue de la Paix, CP No. 2300, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland - Tel.: +41(0)22 730 81 11 - Fax: +41(0)22 730 81 81
Disclaimer | UN System | Accessibility


  Extranet Homepage Website Public Comms