HSSE 'Brown Bag' Seminar Sustainable Stormwater Management in Singapore – Opportunities to IntegrateFaculty and Undergraduate Research

HSSE 'Brown Bag' Seminar Sustainable Stormwater Management in Singapore – Opportunities to IntegrateFaculty and Undergraduate Research

Date & Time

02 April 2014, 00:00

Venue

NIE 3-02-27

Department

Humanities & Social Studies Education (HSSE)

Category

Conferences

Events Details

About the Topic

Stormwater runoff is one of Singapore's Four National Taps and by 2060 will meet about 20% of the country's water demand. Clearly, runoff quality is of considerable national interest, but concern about localized flooding also is a favorite topic of debate. The PUB has aggressively implemented an innovative stormwater management plan through initiatives such as the ABC (Active, Beautiful, Clean) Waters Program that follows Eco-city planning principles to address both water quality and quantity issues. Here, I provide an overview of the Four National Taps strategy, highlighting low impact development (LID) technologies for stormwater management, and then discuss some of my collaborative research that examines the efficacy of LID technologies and efforts to improve water management decision-making, with a focus on the Kranji Reservoir watershed and Admiralty Park. As part of the Admiralty Park work I highlight individual undergraduate research projects done under AAG401, a class field project from AAG251, modeling done as an FYP in Environmental Engineering at NTU, and infiltration studies conducted as an FYP in Environmental Science at Republic Poly. These efforts collectively are providing a detailed story about the park ecosystem. A mobile technology app to manage and analyze water quality, developed by one of the AAG401 students, is demonstrated and its potential use in Singapore schools is discussed.

About the Speakers

Kim Irvine is a visiting professor from the Department of Geography and Urban Planning at Buffalo State, State University of New York. His research interests focus on urban hydrology and urban-impacted waterways and he has conducted projects throughout North America, Japan, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and now, Singapore.