It is with deep regret that WMO has learned 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. For more than 30 years, Professor 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) were 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).