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February 25, 2020
  • March 31st is approaching fast. I am putting together a special issue for the WATER Journal under the title "Application of the Systems Approach to the Management of Complex Water Systems". During the past five decades we have witnessed a tremendous evolution in water resource systems management. Three of the characteristics of this evolution should be noted in particular. First, the application of the systems approach to complex water management problems has been established as one of the most important advances in the field of water resource management. A primary emphasis of systems analysis in water resource management is on providing an improved basis for decision-making. A large number of analytical, computer-based tools, from simulation and optimization to multi-objective analysis, are available for formulating, analyzing and solving water resource planning, design and operational problems. Second, the past five decades have brought a remarkable transformation of attitude in the water resource management community towards environmental concerns, and action to address these concerns. Water, together with land and air, is under significant pressure from a growing population, changing climate and the associated needs for food production and rapid urbanization. Third, applying the principles of sustainability to water resource decision-making requires major changes in the objectives on which decisions are based, and an understanding of the complicated inter-relationships between existing ecological, economic and social factors. To make decisions designed to produce sustainable water resources also calls for a change in procedural policies and implementation. Today, more than ever, we need appropriate tools that can assist in dealing with the difficulties introduced by the increase in the complexity of water resource problems, consideration of environmental impacts and the introduction of principles of sustainability. The systems approach is one such tool. This Special Issue offers an opportunity 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. Looking forward to your contribution. Submission requirements are posted on the special issue web site.

  • From July 1st of 2019 I have retired from my regular academic duties. I will still maintain 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 managment of floods. Our next Conference, ICFM8, is going to be in Iowa City, August 17 - 19, 2020. Hope to see you there!

  • 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.
    • Keynote lecture, Quantitative resilience - A disaster management criterion, International Conference: Facing Future Threats and Opportunities, Cavtat, Croatia, October 15 - 16, 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.