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Kaushal Chapagain experience

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Kaushal Chapagain . First Scholarship holder. Future Environmental Leadership (FEL) scholar’s scientific cohort.

I am very grateful to have been selected as one of the first recipients of the Global Water and Climate Adaptation Centre (ABCD-Centre)—Future Environmental Leadership (FEL) scholar’s scientific cohort. During my one year of scientific training under the joint supervision of Prof. Babel (AIT), Prof. Daniel (UNU-FLORES), and Prof. Stamm (TU-Dresden) on my PhD thesis on the topic “Framework For Assessment Of Water Energy Food Nexus Under Climate Change: An Application To The Ping River Basin, Thailand”, I received a lot of feedback and suggestions which provided significant help to enhance the quality of my doctoral research. During my entire research period under the FELS program, I could draft a manuscript from my PhD research and published two papers in high-quality journals. I also had ample opportunity to participate and present my research in workshops, dialogues, and conferences, to name a few, like the ABCD Resource Nexus dialogue, Dresden Nexus Conference 2022 (DNC 2022), Global Centres PhD Colloquium, and DAAD event. 

I feel privileged and lucky to have joined UNU-FLORES as a visiting researcher under the program because it has helped me a great deal to broaden my understanding of the “Resource Nexus” concept.

I got exposure to one of the top-tier think-tank institutes that advocates for the resource nexus and had a chance to learn about the high quality of ongoing research and projects. I also got a nice networking opportunity with highly experienced professors, doctoral students, and individuals from diverse backgrounds along with being a member of the UNU- Water Network and Early Career Scientist (ECS) Water Network.

The past 10 months I have been involved at UNU-FLORES have proven to be very beneficial in terms of my development as a researcher and I see this collaboration go beyond the Future Environmental Leadership training period..

 Everybody here is cordial, engaged in discussions, and open to collaboration. I  encourage and recommend the doctoral students
from the Global South to apply for the ABCD Future Environmental Leaders Scholarship call to gain the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

Nandhini Duraimurugan published her paper!

We are happy to share that one of our scholarship holders, Nandhini Duraimurugan, published her article in the ISH Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. Named: Field investigation of suspended sediment transport study in the Kandla creek, Gujarat, India. Congratulations!

Coastal Protection and Coastal Adaption

Training Workshop: Island nations and its population are under constant pressure to develop resilience against climate change and natural disasters. Water extremes scenario, urban water management, sea level rise owing to climate change, strategies for climate adaption, coastal protection measures, and real-time case studies were the prime topics of discussion at the transfer workshop.

Flood Pollution Assessment and Knowledge Transfer

Across the world, (mega-) cities, rural areas, industrial infrastructures, and landscapes are affected by floods. These partly catastrophic impacts will increase with ongoing global warming, leading to higher frequencies and amplitudes of flood events. Both more developed and less developed countries are at risk as floods impact environmental, economic, and social systems. The increase in the monetary value of floodplains, deltas, and coastal areas (e.g., by urbanization and industrialization) leads to an increase in the expected damage caused by flood events. Thus, research on flood prevention, flood protection, flood risk management, and disaster management has been performed nationally and internationally in recent decades.

The water bodies in urban areas are highly contaminated with wastewater and dumpsite leachate runoff which carry a lot of pollutants high in BOD, microbial load, chemicals, and microplastics. Additionally, analysis of pollutant distribution may help to model and predict how flood events and the associated distribution of pollutants have and may impact organismic performance and ecosystem functioning.

22-24 February 2023 venue: IIT Madras, Chennai

Geo-textile Technology and Climate Change

The international workshop showcased the applications of geo-textiles with real-field examples and their impact on the environment. The case studies detailed encompassed a large spectrum varying from coastal protection structures, wave energy dissipation units, innovative scour protection schemes, sensor-based data collection using technical textiles, novel, and ongoing research as a part of Doctoral Thesis, floating platforms for port and harbor structure.

13 Dec 2022 venue: IIT Madras, Chennai