The UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme

UNESCO is undertaking a global review of the UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks membership. In this regard, UNESCO is revising the programme documents.

UNESCO recently published the new Guidelines and procedures – revised March 2022. The 27 pages long document is available here. The link to this document on the web UNESDOC Digital Library is here.

IPCC Reports

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is currently in its Sixth Assessment cycle. It is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change.
The AR6 Synthesis Report will be based on the three Working Group contributions to the AR6  as well as on the three Special Reports prepared in this assessment cycle:

Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis – The Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report is the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change, bringing together the latest advances in climate science, and combining multiple lines of evidence from paleoclimate, observations, process understanding, and global and regional climate simulations. The link to the full report on 3949 pages is available here. Technical Summary is available here. Summary for Policymakers is available here.

Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability – The Working Group II contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report assesses the impacts of climate change, looking at ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities at global and regional levels. It also reviews vulnerabilities and the capacities and limits of the natural world and human societies to adapt to climate change. The link to the full report on 3675 pages is available here. Technical Summary is available here. Summary for Policymakers is available here.

Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change – The Working Group III report provides an updated global assessment of climate change mitigation progress and pledges, and examines the sources of global emissions. It explains developments in emission reduction and mitigation efforts, assessing the impact of national climate pledges in relation to long-term emissions goals. The link to the full report on 2913 pages is available here. Technical Summary is available here. Summary for Policymakers is available here.

Since the IPCC was created in 1988, there have been 5 Synthesis Reports:
The Overview of the First Assessment Report (1990)
– The IPCC Second Assessment Report Synthesis of Scientific-technical Information Relevant to Interpreting Article 2 of the UNFCCC (1995)
– The Synthesis Report of the Third Assessment Report (2001)
– The Synthesis Report of the Fourth Assessment Report (2007)
– The Synthesis Report of the Fifth Assessment Report (2014)

UL FGG Weather Station

We are running a Weather Station on the roof of the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering main building, Jamova cesta 2 in Ljubljana (see photo below).
Numerous parameters are measured by diverse equipment, including:

You are invited to look at the measured values by visiting this web page.


Links to Useful Field Equipment

Link to webinars and on-demand recordings of the Xylem brands’ equipment (Aanderaa, YSI, Sontek).
New high-accuracy Conductivity Sensor 5819 from Aanderaa.
New Optical Turbidity Sensor 4296 from Aanderaa.
Sontek Acoustic Doppler Current Profiling (ADCP) system system RS5.
YSI Multiparameter Sondes. New YSI portable EXO NitraLED UV Nitrate Sensor for freshwater environments.


Open Science & Open Education Links

Citizen science is the involvement of the public in scientific research – whether community-driven research or global investigations.
A paper on citizen science in the journal Nature by Aisling, I. (2018): No PhDs needed: how citizen science is transforming research.
The Citizen Science Association unites expertise from educators, scientists, data managers, and others to power citizen science. Join us, and help speed innovation by sharing insights across disciplines. is an official government website designed to accelerate the use of crowdsourcing and citizen science across the U.S. government.
EU-Citizen.Science is an online platform for sharing knowledge, tools, training, and resources for citizen science – by the community, for the community. The vision for the platform is to serve as a Knowledge Hub and to become the European reference point for citizen science in aid of its mainstreaming.
MIT OpenCourseWare is an online publication of materials from over 2,500 MIT courses, freely sharing knowledge with learners and educators around the world.
TU Delft OpenCourseWare provides free and open educational resources of high-quality university‐level, organised as courses, including TU Delft OPEN textbooks for bachelor and master courses.
OASIS – A large user-friendly OER search engine that allows users to search by subject or by course material type (e.g. textbooks, simulations, audio).
OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum.
UNESCORecommendation on Open Science (2021) – more on this document here.
UNESCORecommendation on Open Educational Resources (2019) – more on this document here.

Open Textbooks:
Jill H. Slinger (2021): Building with Nature & Beyond: Principles for designing nature based engineering solutions.

International links

EC DRMKC – The European Commission Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre integrates existing scientific multi-disciplinary knowledge and co-develops innovative solutions for existing needs. Activities of the EC DRMKC support the translation of complex scientific data and analyses into usable information and provides science-based advice for DRM policies.

DRMKC – INFORM is a collaboration of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Risk, Early Warning and Preparedness and the European Commission.
INFORM is a multi-stakeholder forum for developing shared, quantitative analysis relevant to humanitarian crises and disasters. INFORM includes organisations from across the multilateral system, including the humanitarian and development sector, donors, and technical partners. The Joint Research Center of European Commission is the scientific lead for INFORM.
INFORM Risk Facts & Figures provide information on global distribution of countries by INFORM Risk classes, income group and regions followed through the 10-year trend. The same approach is used for all three dimensions of INFORM Risk: Hazard & Exposure, Vulnerability and Lack of Coping Capacity.
INFORM Risk Map – The INFORM map tool shows all data of the available INFORM Risk models. You can select the INFORM Risk model you are interested to navigate through all the risk drivers and create nice maps and charts.
INFORM Climate Change Risk is an upgrade of the INFORM Risk as it includes climate and demographic projections. It can inform decision-making processes on disaster risk reduction and adaptation options to maintain manageable risk levels at global and national scale.

The European Facilities for Earthquake Hazard and Risk (EFEHR) is a non-profit network of organizations and community resources aimed at advancing earthquake hazard and risk assessment in the European-Mediterranean area. You can learn more about the Earthquake Hazard across Europe, and the Earthquake Risk across Europe.

Flood Observatory (DFO) – Space-based Measurement, Mapping, and Modeling of Surface Water – For Research, Humanitarian, and Water Resources Applications.

AGU Blogosphere, including The Landslide Blog – Dave Petley’s blog provides a commentary on landslide events occurring worldwide, including the landslides themselves, the latest research, and conferences and meetings.

NASA Earth Observatory, covers various topics, among others also Natural events such as Drought, Floods, Landslidesand Temperatures extremes.

MEP Water Group 2019-2024
The MEP Water Group is the focal point for the water topic in the European Parliament. It is a forum that aims to raise the profile of water as a cross-cutting topic in EU decision-making and make sure that Europe’s water resources are managed in a sustainable way to the benefit of the European economy and society as a whole, fostering the value of water and a water-smart society in Europe.

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – UNDRR (formerly UNISDR) is the United Nations focal point for disaster risk reduction. UNDRR oversees the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, supporting countries in its implementation, monitoring, and sharing what works in reducing existing risk and preventing the creation of new risk.

United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – adopted in 2015 introduced 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets.


Link to Sustainability Science Hub & SDG Resource Centre

The RELX SDG Resource Centre is a free interactive education platform with content curated from across the organization related to the UN’s 17 SDGs. Features include an interactive news tracker to see global coverage of the SDGs, published research, and events.

Sustainability Science Hub – Elsevier secures free access to analytical reports, data sets, tools, and other resources for sustainable development. Here, you can explore how data can produce critical insights into climatesustainability sciencegendermedicine, and more, find tools to help decision-makers make evidence-based interventions and to discover resources to fuel innovation that is fundamental to achieving a sustainable and equitable future.

Links to International Periodical Literature on Sustainable Development

Clarivate JCR category Green & Sustainable Science & Technology 2022 – 66 journals

ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering (IF2020 = 9.198, CiteScore2020 = 12.0)
Advanced Sustainable Systems (IF2020 = 6.271, CiteScore2020 = 7.5)
Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (IF2020 = 3.039, CiteScore2020 = 3.5)
Agronomy for Sustainable Development (IF2020 = 5.832, CiteScore = 9.9)
Challenges in Sustainability (JCI2020 = 0.28, CiteScore2020 = 0.2)
Chemistry for Sustanable Development (JCI2020 = 0.03)
Circular Economy and Sustainability (since 2021)
Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry (IF2020 = 6.457, CiteScore2020 = 10.2)
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (IF2020 = 6.984)
Discover Sustainability (since 2020)
Ecosystem Health and Sustainability (IF2020 = 3.116, CiteScore2020 = 4.3)
Energy for Sustainable Development (IF2020 = 5.223, CiteScore2020 = 7.4)
Energy, Sustainability and Society (IF2020 = 2.811, CiteScore2020 = 4.2)
Environment, Development and Sustainability (IF2020 = 3.219)
Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy (IF2020 = 2.431, CiteScore2020 = 3.7)
Environmental Sustainability (since 2018)
Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues (JCI2020 = 0.87)
European Journal of Sustainable Development (JCI2020 = 0.13, CiteScore2020 = 0.2)
European Journal of Sustainable Development Research (since 2017)
Frontiers in Sustainability (since 2020)
Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems (JCI2020 = 0.81, CiteScore2020 = 2.4)
Frontiers in Sustainable Cities (since 2019)
Green Energy & Environment (IF2020 = 8.207)
IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy (IF2020 = 7.917, CiteScore2020 = 15.6)
International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability (IF2020 = 2.905)
International Journal of Built Environment and Sustainability (JCI2020 = 0.20)
International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development (JCI2020 = 0.11, Cite Score2020 = 1.1)
International Journal of Green Energy (IF2020 = 2.459)
International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development (JCI2020 = 0.15, CiteScore2020 = 1.5)
International Journal of Renewable Energy Development – IJRED (JCI2020 = 0.18)
International Journal of Renewable Energy Research (JCI2020 = 0.22)
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (IF2020 = 2.854)
International Journal of Sustainable Aviation (JCI2020 = 0.21)
International Journal of Sustainable Construction Engineering and Technology (JCI2020 = 0.18, CiteScore2020 = 0.4)
International Journal of Sustainable Development (since 1998, CiteScore2020 = 0.6)
International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning (since 2006, CiteScore2020 = 1.7)
International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology (IF2020 = 3.716)
International Journal of Sustainable Energy (JCI2020 = 0.29, CiteScore2020 = 3.5)
International Journal of Sustainable Engineering (JCI2020 = 0.30, CiteScore2020 = 3.4)
International Journal of Sustainable Transportation (IF2020 = 3.929)
International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development (CiteScore2020 = 2.0)
International Review for Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development (JCI2020 = 0.18, CiteScore2020 = 1.5)
Journal of Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development (JCI2020 = 0.18, CiteScore2020 = 1.5)
Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (IF2020 = 2.219, CiteScore2020 = 3.8)
Journal of Sustainability Research (since 2019)
Journal of Sustainable Cement-Based Materials (IF2020 = 4.429, CiteScore2020 = 5.3)
Journal of Sustainable Development (since 2008)
Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems – JSDEWES (JCI2020 = 0.47, CiteScore2020 = 3.7)
Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment (CiteScore2020 = 2.4)
Journal of Sustainable Forestry (IF2020 = 1.510)
Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy (IF2020 = 2.347, CiteScore2020 = 4.4)
Journal of Sustainable Tourism (IF2020 = 7.968)
Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment (JCI2020 = 0.54, CCiteScore2020 = 3.1)
Materials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy (JCI2020 = 0.50, CiteScore202 0= 4.3)
Materials Today Sustainability (IF2020 = 4.524, CiteScore2020 = 2.9)
McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy (JCI2020 = 0.64)
MRS Energy & Sustainability (since 2014, JCI2020 = 0.15)
Nature Sustainability (IF2020 = 19.346)
Present Environment and Sustainable Development (JCI2020 = 0.11)
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Engineering Sustainability (IF2020 = 1.795)
Process Integration and Optimization for Sustainability (JCI2020 = 0.25)
Renewable Energy (IF2020 = 8.001)
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (IF2020 = 14.982, CiteScore2020 = 30.5)
Smart and Sustainable Buil Environment (JCI2020 = 0.35, CiteScore2020 = 2.0)
Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems (JCI2020 = 0.21, CiteScore2020 = 1.4)
Sustainability (IF2020 = 3.251)
Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal (IF2020 = 3.354)
Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy (CiteScore2020 = 4.3)
Sustainability Science (IF2020 = 6.367)
Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure (CiteScore2020 = 5.3)
Sustainable Cities and Society (IF2020 = 7.587)
Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy (IF2020 = 4.508, Cite Score2020 = 4.5)
Sustainable Computing: Informatics & Systems (IF2020 = 4.028, CiteScore2020 = 5.5)
Sustainable Development (IF2020 = 6.159)
Sustainable Energy & Fuels (IF2020 = 6.367, CiteScore2020 = 7.4)
Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks (IF2020 = 3.899, CiteScore2020 = 5.6)
Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments (IF2020 = 5.353, CiteScore2020 = 5.9)
Sustainable Environment (CiteScore2020 = 2.6)
Sustainable Environment Research (IF2020 = 4.980, CiteScore2020 = 10.0)
Sustainable Materials and Technologies (IF2020 = 7.053)
Sustainable Production and Consumption (IF2020 = 5.032)
Sustainable Water Resources Management (JCI2020 = 0.48, CiteScore2020 = 2.0)
Technology and Economica of Smart Grids and Sustainable Energy (CiteScore2020 = 3.1)
VITRUVIO – International Journal of Architectural Technology and Sustainability (JCI2020 = 0.97)
World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development (JCI2020 = 0.39, CiteScore2020 = 0.5)
World Journal of Science Technology and Sustainable Development (JCI2020 = 0.25)
World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development (CiteScore2020 = 1.1)


Links to International Monograph/Book Literature

Springer Nature Open Access Books: Supporting the SDGs. E.g. for SDG#6: Clean Water & Sanitation.

Springer Climate Book Series – an interdisciplinary book series dedicated to climate research. This includes climatology, climate change impacts, climate change management, climate change policy, regional climate studies, climate monitoring and modeling, palaeoclimatology etc. The series publishes high quality research for scientists, researchers, students and policy makers.

Springer Education for Sustainability Book Series – builds on a variety of international efforts. As part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 2015-2030) and as echoed by the Aichi-Nagoya Declaration on Education for Sustainable Development (2014), education must speak to climate change, biodiversity, sustainable consumption and production, and the urgency of the civilizational crisis we face. Supporting this aim, there is a call for research and coordinated actions with an emphasis on the principles of human rights, gender equality, democracy, and social and environmental justice.

Springer Encylopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Book Series – there are to date no comprehensive publications addressing the SDGs in an integrated way. Therefore, the Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals is being published. It encompasses 17 volumes, each devoted to one of the 17 SDGs. With 17volumes and involving in excess of 1,500 authors and contributors, the Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals is the largest editorial project on sustainable development ever undertaken.

Springer Energy, Environment, and Sustainability Book Series – publishes cutting-edge monographs and professional books focused on all aspects of energy and environmental sustainability, especially as it relates to energy concerns. The Series is published in partnership with the International Society for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.  The books in these series are edited or authored by top researchers and professionals across the globe.

Springer Sustainable Development Goals Book Series – is Springer Nature’s inaugural cross-imprint book series that addresses and supports the United Nations’ seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. The series fosters comprehensive research focused on these global targets and endeavors to address some of society’s greatest grand challenges. The SDGs are inherently multidisciplinary, and they bring people working across different fields together and working towards a common goal.


Povezave na slovenske spletne strani

Agencija Republike Slovenije za okolje (ARSO).
Inštitut za vode Republike Slovenije (IzVRS).
Ministrstvo za obrambo (MORS), Uprava Republike Slovenije za zaščito in reševanje (URSZR).
Ministrstvo za okolje in prostor (MOP), Direkcija Republike Slovenije za vode (DRSV), pregledovalnik eVode in Atlas voda.
Nacionalni odbor za Medvladni hidrološki program UNESCO – del Slovenske nacionalne komisije za UNESCO (SNKU). Urad za UNESCO opravlja strokovno-upravne naloge za SNKU.
OPSI – Odprti podatki Slovenije: Opozorilne karte poplav.
Pravilnik o metodologiji za določanje območij, ogroženih zaradi poplav in z njimi povezane erozije celinskih voda in morja, ter o načinu razvrščanja zemljišč v razrede ogroženosti (Uradni list RS, št. 60/07).
Uredba o pogojih in omejitvah za izvajanje dejavnosti in posegov v prostor na območjih, ogroženih zaradi poplav in z njimi povezane erozije celinskih voda in morja (Uradni list RS, št. 68/08).
Urad Republike Slovenije za makroekonomske analize in razvoj (UMAR).