Associate Professor

Humanities & Social Studies Education (HSSE)

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Applied Urban Drainage Modeling, Urban Hydrology, Water Quality, Water Resource Management

  • Kim Irvine is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NIE/NTU). Prior to joining NIE/NTU as a Visiting Professor in 2012, he was in the Geography and Urban Planning Department at Buffalo State, State University of New York for 26 years, where he also held positions as a hydrologic scientist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (1988-91; 1994-95), Associate Director of the Great Lakes Center (1991-94), and Director of the Center for Southeast Asia Environment and Sustainable Development (2010-2014). He was Chair of the department between 2000 and 2009. He has held $4.97 million SGD in externally-funded research, and has 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, primarily related to water resource management and water quality issues. He was awarded the New York Water Environment Association, Environmental Science Award in 2013, which is given to an Association Member who has made a significant impact in the area of water quality management, environmental engineering and/or water and sewer infrastructure development.

    His work has ranged from detailed regulatory studies done under the auspice of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to capacity building workshops on water quality sampling and assessment for universities, NGOs, and government agencies in Cambodia (2004-2009).  Although much of his work has focused on the technical aspects of high precision water quality sampling, analysis, and modeling, Dr. Irvine also has worked extensively with the New York Geographic Alliance in offering in-service teacher training workshops on water-related issues in the Great Lakes (1997-2002) and more recently has provided support, training, and technical assistance for a water quality program with five government secondary schools on the Chao Phraya River, Thailand. Dr. Irvine was invited to provide water quality training workshops for Commonwealth Secondary School, Singapore, in 2013 and for Raffles Institution as part of their exchange program with Maurick College, Netherlands, in 2013 and 2014, and also for their Water Is Life International Conference in 2014.

    Sample Publications

    Irvine, K.N., L.H.C. Chua, and H.S. Eikass, 2014. The Four National Taps of Singapore: A holistic approach to water resources management from drainage to drinking water. Journal of Water Management Modeling. doi:10.14796/JWMM.C375.

    Chang, C-H. and K.N. Irvine. 2014. Climate change resilience and public education in response to hydrologic extremes in Singapore. British Journal of Environment and Climate Change, 4(3): 328-354.

    Shrestha, A., T. Chaosakul, D.P.M.P. Priyankara, L.H. Chuyen,  S.S. Myat, N.K. Syne, K.N. Irvine, T. Koottatep, and M.S. Babel, 2014. Application of PCSWMM to explore possible climate change impacts on surface flooding in a peri-urban area of Pathumthani, Thailand. Journal of Water Management Modeling. doi:10.14796/JWMM.C377.

    Murphy, T., J. Guo, D. Slotton, K.Irvine, D. Lean, S. Lim, and K. Wilson, 2013. Emerging problems with mercury in Cambodia. Global Health Perspectives, Online First, DOI 10.5645/ghp2013.01.016.

    Holtgrieve, G.W., M.E. Arias, K.N. Irvine, E.J. Ward, M.  Kummu, J.   Koponen, and J.E. Richey, 2013. Ecosystem metabolism and support of freshwater capture fisheries in the Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia. PLOS ONE, 8(8): e71395. doi:10.1371.

    Murphy, T., K. Irvine, and M. Sampson, 2013. The stress of climate change on water  management in Cambodia with a focus on rice production. Climate and Development, 5(1): 77-92.

    Irvine, K.N., J.E. Richey, G.W. Holtgrieve, J. Sarkkula, and M. Sampson, 2011. Spatial and temporal variability of turbidity, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, temperature, and fluorescence in the lower Mekong River-Tonle Sap system identified using continuous monitoring. International Journal of River Basin Management, 9(2): 151-168.

    Irvine, K., M.C. Rossi, S. Vermette, J. Bakert, and K. Kleinfelder, 2011. Illicit discharge detection and elimination: Low cost options for source identification and trackdown in stormwater systems. Urban Water Journal, 8(6): 379-395.

    • AAG101 Elements of Physical Geography
    • AAG103 Techniques in Geography
    • AAG234 Coastal and Ocean Systems
    • AAG253 Statistical Geography
    • AAG332 Ecosystem Dynamics
    • AAG333 Resource and Environmental Management
    • AAG401 Geographical Methods and Fieldwork
    • MAS843 Topics in Sustainability