WaterTalk: Addressing Urban Hydrological Issues: An Integrated Water Systems Approach

Friday, July 19, 2019 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series Professor Jun Xia, will present "Addressing Urban Hydrological Issues: An Integrated Water Systems Approach."

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Because of massive urban expansion in China during the past three decades, China is confronted with a major challenge on how to wisely manage water within a complex urban system. An integrated water systems approach will be presented for tackling tough urbanization problems, such as waterlogging, black and odorous water, and ecosystem degradation within a large urban region. Specifically, the important city of Wuhan, located in the central Chinese province of Hubei, and having an area of 229 km2, is used as a case study due to widespread degradation which has intensified during the past twenty years. The presentation will focus on three main topics: (1) urban water issues and Sponge City construction in China; (2) urban hydrological attributes; and (3) urban integrated water systems methodology. The key advantage of employing an integrated systems procedure will be explained for resolving urban water problems through Sponge City construction.      

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Prof. Jun Xia is Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); Chair Professor and Director, The Research Institute for Water Security (RIWS), Wuhan University; Director, Center for Water Resources Research, CAS; and Distinguished Professor, Key Laboratory of Water Cycle & Related Land Surface Processes, CAS. Since 1987, he has had valuable experience in leading hydrology and water resources research projects, water management and consulting in China, and international activities. He has severed as President of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA, 2009-2012); Vice President of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS, 2004-2007); Board Governor of the World Water Council (WWC, 2009-2015); Co-Chair of the InterAcademy Council for Water Programme (IAC-WP); Co-Chair, China-Australia Center on Water Resources Research; and the member of Scientific Steering Committee for Global Water System Project (GWSP-SSC); and Associate Editor, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE. Recently, he was appointed by the IAHS President as Honorary Vice-President of IAHS, and Chair of the Working Group on Representation of Developing Countries (WGRDC) for IAHS (2015-2019). He was awarded The International Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Water Management by The Third World Centre for Water Management in October, 2011, and also granted the 2014 International Hydrological Prize -Volker Medal by the IAHS, UNESCO and WMO on April 24, 2014;2017 State Natural Science Award in China, and 2019 IUGG Fellow.

Professor Jun XIA

State Key Laboratory of Water Resources and Hydro Power Engineering Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China

Center for Water Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China