What: Faisal Hossain: Delivering Hydrological Information for Community Empowerment – Opportunities and Challenges for the Semi-skilled Consumer
When: Tuesday, April 29th at 12pm
Where: The Allen Center, CSE 203
Please join us Tuesday for an exciting Change Seminar. Faisal Hossain from Civil Engineering Department will be talking about his work to monitor water use throughout the world.
An idea that has lately received some traction is that the space vantage of satellites to monitor water dynamics around the world would one day empower developing nations and their inhabitants currently cursed with not able to know early enough how much water will flow into or out of its borders or location. The current water information black out negatively impacts water resources management in about 50 or more developing nations that occupy only a small part of a large river basin. The dream of empowerment is founded on the belief that timely access to water information flowing in or out is a basic right for all nations and their inhabitants and that emerging satellite remote sensing are now poised to afford this right. This talk will provide an overview of challenges and the current progress made on making satellite remote sensing deliver this widely-accessible water information as decision-making knowledge to solve developing world water problems. The talk will also address the issue of water-borne disease vulnerability in the developing world and the potential synergy that satellite-based water information may afford. Finally, the talk will summarize some of the unresolved research and technological questions for enabling sovereign management of water resources for developing nations.
Faisal Hossain is an Associate Professor in the Civil Engineering Department of University of Washington. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology with a B.S in Civil Engineering (1996) followed by a MS and PhD from National University of Singapore (1999) and University of Connecticut (2004), respectively. His research interests span the field of water resources issues, human impacts of climate and engineering education