International Conference on Hydro Science and Engineering opens at IIT Madras

As climate change could induce torrential downpour and sea level rise, there was a need to think globally and act locally in river basin management combining science and professionalism, said N. Tamai, president, International Association of Hydro – Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR).

Inaugurating the 9th International Conference on Hydro – science and Engineering (ICHE 2010) at IIT – Madras, Prof. Tamai said that the framework of river basin management model for adaptation to climate change should consist of five steps from gathering data, computer modelling, study of output, evaluation and adaptation.

Integrated water management, holistic approach, sustainable development and importantly the concept of bio – diversity and eco – diversity assumed significance as climate change impacts lives; he said emphasising that ecological approach was the key to sustainable society.

A. Mohanakrishnan, advisor, Water Resources, Government of Tamil Nadu, said the Cauvery delta in the State had advanced irrigation systems for centuries which were developed without any of the present day equipment or technology.

Organising secretary V. Sundar said that they had received 187 papers, including 141 from India, for the conference with the theme ‘Risk management for hydro – science and engineering : Towards sustainable mitigation.’

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