DeltaCap Project Launches Free Online Course on Adaptive Delta Management

DeltaCap Project Launches Free Online Course on Adaptive Delta Management

A free & online course on (climate) information services to support planning and decision-making in the context of the BDP2100.

Dhaka, Bangladesh, STATE, September 12—Free and open online course on Information Services for Adaptive Delta Management has been launched by DeltaCap project On Thursday 12th September 2019 at 13:30 pm at Bangladesh Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO). 

Chris Zevenbergen, Professor of Flood Resilience of Urban Systems, Flood Resilience Chair Group, Water Science and Engineering Department, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education & project Director of DeltaCap facilitate the event. Professor Dr. M Monowar Hossain, Coordinator Delta Alliance Bangladesh Wing, and Executive Director, Institute of Water Modelling chaired the launching program. Md. Mahmudul Hasan, Director General, Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO) was also present as a special guest at the event. Representatives from GED, BCAS, CEGIS, BUET, IWM, course participants together with DeltaCap team members also present in the program. 26 participants registered for this course and they complete it. Few of them were present to receive their certificates in the event.        

This online course (MOOC) on “Climate Information Services for Adaptive Delta Management” is Lead by Climate Adaptation Services (CAS) – a DeltaCap partner.  The course reaches out to a diverse audience: including planning and water management agencies, consultancy companies, researchers, policy-makers and students. The course is rather broad than in-depth in nature. It provides an introduction to the available Climate Information Services in Bangladesh, the principles of Adaptive Delta Management and the goals of the BDP2100. This will allow students to reflect on how climate information services may support their own work, to achieve a climate robust Bangladesh. The objective of the course is:  

To support the adoption of a long-term and integral perspective in spatial planning and water management in the implementation of the BDP2100 by using climate information services. This is done by explaining and demonstrating how climate information services can be used for (1) acquiring, assessing and tailoring climate data for a specific use case, (2) communicating climate information to different stakeholders, and (3) using climate information in a decision-making context to drive policy and action in the context of the BDP2100 and ADM.

Interested parties can register and follow the course for free
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Sustainable Cities, Urban Water System, Climate Change and How Corporations can join in

Sustainable Cities, Urban Water System, Climate Change and How Corporations can join in

Assela Pathirana was invited by Bureau Veritas ( Bangladesh to deliver a seminar to its management team on the topic of adaptive planning. The title of the seminar was “Sustainable Cities, Urban Water System, Climate Change and How Corporations can join in”

The seminar held on 09 September 2019 at the board room of Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Services (BVCPS), Dhaka office, covered the following topics:

  1. The current water management challenges in the world and Bangladesh
  2. Adaptive planning as a solution for rapid changes in the water and Deltaic systems
  3. How Corporations can be a part of the solutions for future water challenges.

Among the services provided by BVCPS to client companies are Sustainability solutions and Corporate Social Responsibility management. In this context some collaborative opportunities like using CSR initiatives to open up new opportunities to support sustainable water solutions like the following were discussed: 

  1. Create pilot projects on (urban) green solutions (e.g. Sustainable Drainage Systems)
  2. Helping companies to address sustainability issues in the context of adaptive delta management.
  3. Collaborate on helping corporate sector in Bangladesh to improve sustainable water and environment management practices. 
Workshop: Decentralized Data Acquisition Techniques (DDAT) for Adaptive Delta Management

Workshop: Decentralized Data Acquisition Techniques (DDAT) for Adaptive Delta Management

12 September 2019, LGED Training room :

We live in a rapidly changing world. Managing complex adaptive systems like Deltas in this context needs continuous monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of external influences on the systems, internal changes, and impacts of different interventions. Continuous data acquisition is an essential part of these M&E activities. However, environmental data acquisition is expensive, time consuming and effortful. In many developing countries – where the drivers and systems are changing most swiftly requiring continuous data acquisition – have severe limitation in deploying formal data acquisition systems (Water quantity and quality, environmental monitoring, geophysical and geographical data, etc.). There are a number of informal, non-traditional data acquisition systems that are showing promise in augmenting the limited data of traditional monitoring networks. These include: UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) surveys, low-cost sensor networks and the approaches and techniques are collectively known as citizen-science.

 A small scale drone survey has allowed to create a centimetre level accurate digital elevation map (DEM) for this study area. The DEM was used as a basis for a 2-dimentional flood inundation model.

Citizen science allows anyone, anywhere, can participate in meaningful scientific research. (source: NOAA)

The goal of this workshop is to share practical information on such decentralized data acquisition techniques. We offer a mix of interactive presentations, discussions and hands-on training packaged into a one day training workshop. Following are the objectives of this one day workshop:
1. Discuss the broader context of M&E for adaptive delta management and how DDAT fits into that
2. Share the experiences with using UAV for geographical and object data acquisition together with hands-on
3. Explore the opportunities of using low-cost sensor networks for environmental data acquisition with case studies.
4. Share experience and expertise on citizen-science applications in relations to adaptive delta management.
5. Discover appropriate applications for these methods and technologies in the context of Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100.


09:00-09:30 – Registration

9:30-10:15 – Introduction to DDAT  

10:15-11:00 – The broad context of DDAT

11:00-11:15 – Break

11:15-12:00 – Environmental monitoring with low-cost sensors

12:00-12:45 – Introduction to UAV surveying and data processing

12:45-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:00 – UAV demonstration

15:00-16:00 – Citizen Science

16:00-16:45 – Panel discussion

16:45-17:00 – Closure



Dr. Assela Pathirana – Associate Professor of integrated urban water cycle management, IHE-Delft Institute for water education.
Assela Pathirana (1969) is a Civil Engineer and hydrologist originating from Sri Lanka. He currently leads the research programme on Water Sensitive Cities of the Flood Resilience Core Group (FRG). In this context, he is engaged in multi-disciplinary research programme that involves water quantity and quality aspects, sanitation issues as well as societal and economic aspects of urban and peri-urban development.   He has published some 55 internatinoal journal publications that has been collectively cited more than 1750 times. In addition he has co-authored a book on “Impacts of Climate Change on Rainfall Extremes and Urban Drainage Systems” in 2012 (IWA publishing) and co-edited three books.
Assela is an expert on urban flood modelling and uses his experience on data acquisition related to flood hazard and risk management to contribute to this training.

Dr. Willem Veerbeek – Senior Lecturer,  IHE-Delft Institute for water education.

William Veerbeek (1970) studied architecture at the Delft University of Technology and artificial intelligence at the VU University Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD from Unesco IHE-Delft on the topic of urban growth driven future flood risk. He worked extensively in megacities like Beijing, Dhaka and Mumbai where his work focused on the development of long term urban growth projections and subsequent changes in disaster risk. Strengthening IHE’s mission in capacity development, Dr. Veerbeek has been training many cities in climate adaption, especially in Southeast Asia.

William is an expert on urban climate adaptation and has extensive experience in Bangladesh both at local and national levels dealing with the topic.