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UD to host international conference on sustainable water environment

Water Conference

The University of Delaware will host the 6th International Conference on Sustainable Water Environment at Clayton Hall on the Newark campus from July 29-31.

Chin-Pao Huang, Donald C. Phillips Professor in UD's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is serving as chairperson of the international organizing committee, which includes other members from the U.S. as well as representatives from Taiwan, Korea, Japan and Singapore.

With a focus on strategy and technology needs for sustainable water in a time of climate change, the conference will provide an open forum in which academicians, engineers and public policy-makers can exchange information on recent advances in sustainable water research and practices among countries at various stages of economic development.

Two other goals of the meeting are to enhance public awareness on sustainable water environment and form an international alliance on sustainable water research.

“The water environment has been impacted by climate change, aging water infrastructures, expanding industrial growth, and continued population growth,” says Huang. “Our hope is that this conference will help identify responses to the impacts of these forces on the water environment and thereby enhance the sustainability and security of water.”

Papers are invited in five specific areas: impacts of climate change on the water environment, integrated watershed management, emerging contaminants, water conservation and reuse, and water infrastructure. Abstracts (300 words) are due Feb. 28, authors will be notified of acceptance on March 1 and full papers (3,000-7,000 words) are due May 1.

The local organizing committee includes several other UD faculty members: Dan Cha, Pei Chiu, Steve Dentel and Nii Attoh-Okine, all from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Gerald Kaufman, project director of the Institute for Public Administration Water Resources Agency; Holly Michael from the Department of Geological Sciences; and Young-Doo Wang from the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy.

Financial support for the conference has been provided by a number of UD offices and programs, including the College of Engineering, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Center for International Studies and the Delaware Environmental Institute.

The conference has previously been held in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and South Korea. This is the first time it will be held in North America.

Article by Diane Kukich