Introduction Statement

                    Climate change impacts water resources globally influencing the security of water and food supplies. Groundwater provides a climate-resilient source of water to communities around the world but is vulnerable to overuse and contamination from human activities. The challenge of managing the sustainable use of groundwater resources under the influence of climate change that includes not only the intensification of precipitation but also global sea-level rise and human activities is perhaps greatest in the Mega-Deltas of Asia. We aim to form a strategic scientific partnership to provide evidence base that will inform sustainable groundwater development and management practices in this vulnerable hydrogeological environment. This International conference organised jointly by the University College London (UCL) of the UK and the King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) of Thailand will, for the first time, enable participants from both countries to brainstorm issues around ‘resilience of groundwater to climate change and development’ from global to regional or national scales.

                 Addressing these climate change and groundwater related issues will require knowledge exchange, sustainable collaboration, and capacity building of early career researchers through a well-organized workshop involving multiple sectors together. Participants in this proposed workshop will represent all of these groups and will provide valuable perspectives about their knowledge, challenges, and research needs – the beginning of partnership to develop a research framework for understanding and adapting to the potential economic and ecological effects of climate change. This workshop provides an exchange platform for scientific communities to identify knowledge gaps between the two countries.

    The key objectives are:
     1)    to promote international and inter-disciplinary research development regarding the relationship between groundwater and climate change;
     2)    to facilitate the exchanges of experience, dissemination of knowledge, and capacity building of early career researchers through keynote lectures, oral presentations, and small group discussions; and
    3)    To develop existing research links and knowledge exchange with potential for long term sustainability.

    Important Dates
    Conference Date                       February 8-11, 2016
    Application deadline                December 9, 2015
    Notification of application acceptance        December 19, 2015
    Registration, Hotel reservation, Plane ticket purchase deadline          January 8, 2016

    Further information
    For further information about this workshop please contact the workshop coordinator:
    Dr.Uma Seeboonruang
    Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
    King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
    Chalongkrung Rd., Bangkok, Thailand 10520
    Tel No: 6681-346-9984
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