3rd Intl. Young Researchers’ Workshop concludes at Naresuan University, Thailand

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25 December, 2015

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The 3rd International Young Researchers’ Workshop on River Basin Environment and Management was held on 21st and 22nd December 2015 at Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand. The University of New Castle (Australia), Center of Research for Environment, Energy and Water (Nepal), Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand), Brawijaya University (Indonesia), Naresuan University (Thailand), University of Yamanashi (Japan) and Hanoi University of Science (Vietnam) jointly organized it.

During the opening session, Prof. Futaba Kazama (University of Yamanashi) gave the briefing of the workshop objectives and Prof. Sarintip Tantanee (Dean of faculty of Engineering, Naresuan University) gave the welcome remarks. Satit Maneepai (Executive Advisor on Irrigation Engineering, Royal Irrigation Department of Thailand) gave a keynote presentation on role of Thai Government in river basin and environment management and Somchai Limthongsittikhum (Division Manager, SIAM KUBOTA Corporation Co., Ltd.) gave a keynote presentation on role of industrial sector in environment management, during the same session.

There were 4 technical sessions with 4 plenary speakers and 17 young researchers� presentation on the 1st day. The first session, Watershed Hydrology, started with presentation on climate change impacts and adaptation in water resources and water use sectors by Assoc. Prof. Sangam Shrestha, AIT, who also chaired the session. The session the continued with presentation by Aashis Sapkota from CREEW on hydraulic and sediment handling performance assessment of Rani Jamara Kulariya Irrigation Project by conjunctive use of 1D and 3D simulation model. Further, there were presentations on bias correction of seasonal forecasting of rainfall from general circulation model by using the ratio of gamma CDF parameter method, estimating agricultural water demand using CROPWAT model and satellite observations, and adaptation to climate change in urbanized watersheds.

Second session, Water Resource Management, chaired by Dr. Puripus Soonthornnonda of Naresuan University, started with his presentation on impacts of climate change on Thai water resources: myth or reality. Dr. Vishnu Prasad Pandey from AIT, followed him with his presentation on groundwater management in Southeast Asia. Further, there were presentations on comparison of field survey data and monitoring well data for hard rock areas, quantitative precipitation estimation with Himawari satellite over Thailand, analysis of changes in precipitation and extreme events, and current state of ground water resources use and exploitation in a city of Vietnam.

Third session, Water Quality and Treatment, was chaired by Assoc. Prof. Tadashi Toyama of Yamanashi University. He made a presentation about co-benefit system combining purification and bio-fuel production using duckweed. It was followed with presentations on abundance, detection, inactivation and impact of human enteric viruses and seasonal variation of microbial quality of irrigation water. Session continued with presentations on identification of fecal indicator bacteria in shallow and deep groundwater, removal of tetracycline from sewage treatment effluent by constructed wetland, and hydrogenotrophic denitrification activity under an intermittent hydrogen supply.

The fourth and last session of the first day, Current environment issues, was chaired by Dr. Chanya Pokasoowan. It started with her presentation on impact of urban sprawl on environment in developing country and followed by presentation on trend of numbers of tropical cyclone in Thailand under climate change. Session continued with presentation on impact of climate change on water availability in a water supply project of Nepal, agricultural water demand under climate change scenario and solid waste management as a response to urban flood.

On the second day, there was a group discussion session where the researchers were divided into two groups and they were made to do a presentation on their learning from the workshop. In the closing note from the organizers, it was announced that the 4th workshop will be held in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. All the participants and the organizers then went for an excursion at Sukhothai Historical Park.

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