Integrated Water Resources Management: Role of Institute of Water Modelling (IWM) in Solving Water Problems in Asia
Dr. Monowar Hossain
Executive Director, Institute of Water Modeling, Bangladesh
Date: Aug 19
Location: More Hall 220, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW Seattle Campus
This seminar will introduce the audience to the Institute of Water Modelling (IWM;http://www.iwmbd.org), which is a trust organization established by the Government of Bangladesh in 1996 to function as a Centre of Excellence and Learning in the field of water resources management. The applications of IWM modeling tools cover a wide range of water related areas such as: flood control and flood forecasting, irrigation and drainage, river morphology, urban water supply and management, climate change modeling, salinity and sediment transport, coastal hydraulics, port, coast and estuary management, environmental impact assessment, bridge hydraulics and related infrastructure development. The number of staff in IWM is about 300. In 2011, IWM established an office in Malaysia and IWM models are widely accepted and appreciated in the river and coastal water modeling in Malaysia. IWM has working experience with government agencies of Malaysia, Tajikistan, India, Nepal, Philippines, Cambodia and New Zealand.
Over the years IWM has established close linkages with different national and international institutions. Danish Hydraulic Institute (DHI)-Water and Environment of Denmark has been a close partner in the technology sharing. Similar linkages were also established with the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, Tohuku University of Japan, University of Washington, HR Wallingford, UK, Institute of Technology, Brunei; UNESCO-IHE of the Netherlands. IWM has close research links with regional institutes including that of ICIMOD, Nepal. The talk will summarize the IWM experience in solving real-world problems related to water resources in the regions of Central, South and Southeast Asia.
About the Speaker
Dr. Monowar Hossain currently serves as the board of trustees appointed Executive Director of IWM. He received his B.S and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). His PhD in Civil Engineering (Hydraulics) is from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (UK). He started his career as Lecturer of BUET in 1976 and became Professor in 1992.