|Principal Investigators||Dr. Suthipong Sthiannopkao; Dr. Kyoung-Woong Kim (Co-PI)|
|Funding Source||Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)/International Environmental Research Centre (IERC) at Gwangju Institute of Sceience & Technology, South Korea (Sep. 2009-Aug. 2011)|
The purpose of the 2 year project is to establish a Centre of Excellence in the field of sustainable urban water quality management in Southeast Asian countries. This project is composed of three main parts which includes scientific research, database development, and the implementation of a strategic plan through capacity building programmes. The scientific research (Part I) will conduct a comparative study in Southeast Asian countries on (1) current and future urbanization expansion; (2) current water management policies; (3) water quality impacts caused by urban activities and climate change and; (4) the development of a strategic plan including capacity building programmes. The locations of research will be four urban cities, each located in Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam
Methodologies include 1. collecting urban water management data as well as future plan (if available) from different water authorities and also literature reviews using the SCOPUS programme; 2. assessing current and past water quality using various statistical techniques such as ANOVA, correlation, dimensionless or Cluster analysis depending on available data (at least 5 year data) and identifying emerging challenges of the urban water quality in each studied city; 3. developing the most suitable model to forecast future water quality from the use of package modelling tools such as SWAT, SWMM or MIKE (generally 5 year data are recommended) and running the simulation based on a few plausible scenarios; 4. using a water quality index, water vulnerability index and sustainable index to evaluate the impact of urbanization and climate change on surface water quality; 5. predicting future urban growth using regression analysis, statistical forecasting model; 6. developing a strategic plan and capacity building programmes through syntheses undertaken within the project, brain storming with stakeholders and visionary workshops; and 7. implementing the strategic plan through capacity building of stakeholders in four SEA countries via increased experience, education and qualifications of local partners.
The project will develop a dynamic database system that can be used, maintained and further developed by local and regional stakeholders to better inform policies and actions to mitigate, minimize or adapt to current and future manifestations of urbanization and climate change impacts on surface water quality. This will lead to enhanced capacity in Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam as well as the international community to effectively implement sustainable water quality management in a big city. In addition, this project will lead to interaction between scholars and a worldwide community of learning and research through the establishment of a regional network in SEA. In order to sustain this project, a significant incorporation of local post-tertiary education, in-country workshops and training will play a major role in accomplishing the project’s objectives.