India is the second most populous and largest democratic country in the world. It is one of the few countries that are endowed with abundant land and water resources. Majority of its population relies on agriculture for sustenance. Since independence, considerable efforts have been made for attaining food security to meet the increasing demand of food for its growing population, and there has been a remarkable success. Undoubtedly, the Green Revolution technologies of the 1960s addressed the challenge of food security, enhanced the yield with better irrigation prospects and successfully increased crop production using high-yielding seed varieties.
The prevailing concept of smart cities in the country relies on multiple utility infrastructure systems that are characterized by complexity and accompanied by high investment and management costs. These smart cities and other urban centers are expected to face water resources distribution challenges due to increased population flow, energy supply issues due to depletion of fossil fuel resources, increased investment overheads, spiraling maintenance and management costs, and improper land resource utilization. Innovative and sustainable technologies for intelligent water management are deemed vital to minimize the impact of these emerging challenges.
Urbanization on the other hand is leading to desertification, waterlogging, soil salinity, and water born epidemics, not to mention that the cultivated area is alarmingly decreasing. For increasing food production, improvement and expansion of agricultural water management by scientific storage, transport, distribution and proper management must be undertaken.
It is common experience that climate change and agriculture are interrelated. IPCC speculates 10-40% loss in crop production in India by 2080-2100 due to global warming, despite the beneficial aspects of increased CO2. The warming of Indian sub-continent is reported to be between 1 0C and 2 0C by 2030, leading to prospects for more severe droughts and/or floods with changes in precipitation and evapotranspiration rates.
Today's cropping yield is most vulnerable to climate variability, calling for modernization of existing irrigation with well-designed and incorporated drainage systems. There is a need for increasing water storage (of all sizes) to make agriculture and the large population of farmers more resilient to climate change impacts.
Energy plays a vital role in the overall growth of a nation. Since energy resources are limited, the focus is on renewable sources of energy. Hydropower is one of such proven and clean sources of energy with annual global hydropower generation having reached about 3,900 TWh, providing 16.6% of global electricity. Hydropower being the most economic and preferred source of electricity notwithstanding, its share has been declining steadily since 1963; from 50% in 1962-63 to about 15% of installed capacity in January 2017.
Thus, the scope of this conference is fairly wide and includes any combination of theoretical/ conceptual/applied, analytical/computational, and/or experimental/field approaches used for furtherance of the understanding in various facets involving intelligent hydro-informatics, river basin water management for urban and rural area, irrigation, hydropower, environment, health, disaster, governance, coastal management, capacity building, and so on.
This conference will provide an opportunity to policy makers, academicians, researchers, and students to share their experiences and knowledge by presentation of fundamental/applied scientific advances made in the field of water resources engineering and management for sustainable development.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ROORKEE
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee is the successor of University of Roorkee and thus it is the oldest technical institution of the country established as the Roorkee College of Engineering in 1847 and rechristened as Thomason College of Civil Engineering in 1857. It was elevated to the first Technical University of Independent India on November 25, 1949. In the year 2001, it was declared as the Institute of national importance and converted into Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR) on September 21, 2001.
DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT
The Department of Water Resources Development and Management (WRD&M) of IIT Roorkee is a premier place of learning of international standing in post-graduate education, training and research in the discipline of water resources development and management. Since its creation in 1955 under the stewardship of ECAFE (now ESCAP) of the United Nations, the department has imparted post graduate education and training in water resources development and management to 2234 water resources professionals...
Indian Water Resources Society (IWRS) was founded in 1980 as a society registered under the Societies Registration Act. IWRS Registered office is located in the Department of Water Resources Development & Management, IIT Roorkee. In addition, it has local centers in most of the major cities. Subject to approval by the executive committee, membership of IWRS is open to any professional/person who is interested in water sector. . Presently, IWRS has about 7651 life members; 397 fellow members...