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May 25, 2020
  • I am completing a special issue of the WATER Journal under the title "Application of the Systems Approach to the Management of Complex Water Systems". This Special Issue attempts to review numerous applications of the systems approach to water resource management and draw lessons from worldwide experience relevant to the solution of future water problems.

  • From July 1st of 2019 I have retired from my regular academic duties. I am still maintaining active academic work, excluding teaching, as Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. My regular work with the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR)as the Director of Engineering Works continues.

  • International Conference on Flood Managment (ICFM):

    One activity I am heavily involved with is the Chairmanship of the ICFM Ad Hoc Committee. International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM) offers an international conference platform, hosted every 3 years, to discuss a range of flood related issues and realise significant change in a multidisciplinary, multisectoral area. More information about ICFM is available at http://www.icfm.world/. The website provides up-to-date information on all issues related to managment of floods. Be sure to visit us. We are always looking for new people interested in management of floods. Our next Conference, ICFM8, was planned to be in Iowa City, August 17 - 19, 2020. Unfortunately the COVID-19 world pandemic significantly affected our planning process. The conference has been posponed for August 9 - 11, 2021. Hope to see you there!

  • International Conference on Flood Managment (ICFM) - Webinar series:

    Pandemic conditions and the requirements of the new post-pandemic world prompted the initiation of ICFM Webinars. The main objectives of this ICFM activity are: (i) continuation of sharing experience online; (ii) addressing important flood managment issues between our regular Conferences; and (iii) adopting ICFM activities to a new format.

    I am very happy to announce the ICFM Webinar # 1 "Doubled crises - Flooding in a time of pandemic", Thursday, May 28th 2020. This first ICFM webinar will focus on Flooding and COVID-19. The 60-minute event will take place on Thursday, May 28th. It will provide relevant discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on flood management. There is a risk of spring flooding in many countries around the world this year. It's a serious problem that could complicate the drastic measures countries are taking to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Significant flooding would add a "whole additional layer of challenge" to full-blown assault against the pandemic being implemented around the world. Community sandbagging will be more difficult when everyone is practicing social distancing and people are in self-isolation. The economic damage being caused by the virus has also destabilized people's jobs and financial welfare, limiting their ability to absorb unexpected costs from flooding. The risk of contamination from the virus means that many emergency shelters can't open for people who are forced out of their flooded homes. This is an emergency manager's nightmare scenario: two potentially serious emergencies happening at once. The stage is set for what could be one of the most challenging flood seasons we have seen in a while.

    The webinar topics to be addressed by an exciting group of panelists include: (i) Introduction to doubled crises - Flooding in a time of epidemic (by S.P. Simonovic, Canada); (ii) Flood-risk projections in a multi-risk context (by Z. Kundzewicz, Poland; (iii) Catastrophic Black Swan flood events during COVID-19 world pandemic (by X. Cheng, China); and (iv) Lessons from the pandemic response for other crises (by N. Wright, UK). The Webinar registration is free.Be sure to join us and/or listen to Webinar recording at the ICFM web site .

  • New feature of the web site:

    Now you are able to find details about the tools produced by my research team and available for sharing. They can be accessed through the Research menu option, click on Products. Let me know what do you think and share ideas if you are interested.

  • Interactive books web space:

    Following links will allow you to access interactive web space for all my books. You will find book information, reviews and access to software provided with each book. This space will allow you to send messages, upload and download software, upload and download exercises and their solutions, and interact with other users of the books. In order to access the interactive space you will be asked to register and create an account that you can use in the future. Please send me a message with your impressions. I am ready to learn and improve.

  • Engagements:

    • Invited lecture, Modelling Future Flood Risk Across Canada Under Climate Change, Otter Valley Naturalists, Straffordville, Ontario, Canada, February 10, 2020.
    • Invited webinar, Rainfall Intensity Duration Frequency Curves for Future Climate Scenarios: A Publicly Accessible Computer Tool, FP Innovations, Understanding Decision-Making About Climate Change Impacts at a Small Watershed Scele, A Webinar Series Focusing on Resource Road Stream Crossings, February 27, 2020. Webinar recording.
    • Professional development course, Intensity Duration Frequency (IDF) Curves under Climate Change, The University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown,PEI, Canada, March 11, 2020.
    • Invited webinar, Introduction to doubled crises - Flooding in a time of epidemic , ICFM Webinar # 1:"Doubled crises - Flooding in a time of pandemic" , May 28, 2020.

    Teaching

    Posted on August 8, 2019

    From now on I will not be teaching any undergraduate and graduate courses at the Western University. My teaching will be directed to the delivery of (a) short courses on particular research topics, and (b) training courses for practicing professionals.

    Research

    Posted on February 25, 2020

    Research in FIDS (my reserach laboratory) is in a full swing with 2 Post Doctoral fellows, 2 PhD candidates, 1 MESc students, and 1 international visitor at the moment working on various research projects. My primary research interest focuses on the application of systems approach to management of complex water and environmental systems with strong focus on explicit consideration of uncertainty. Most of the current research projects are addressing the impacts of climatic change on management of water resources systems. Select Research option for more details. If in London, be sure to visit us.

    In the media

    Posted on February 25, 2020

    Click here for various media coverage of my work.