General context of Seminar
With increasing human activities, population growth, climate change and variabilities, the use of hydrological models are increasingly relevant such as for water use and allocations in agriculture, industry, municipality; environmental risk and disaster preventions; and for cost optimization in relation to infrastructure developments or maintenance, among others. This seminar presents specific procedures in selecting or constructing hydrological (water system) models for water management activities, demonstrates specific cases on project site, and illustrates multi-physical modeling approach for complex problems. Conversely, effective water resources planning and management depends on the ability to understand the water resources balance, to formulate development strategies, and to identify the factors affecting the decision process for water uses and infrastructure developments where local to international stakeholders are involved. This presentation illustrates a decision framework to plan water projects as a system of multiple sources (groundwater, surface water), drivers as competing users (agriculture, domestic, industry), stresses (population growth, climate change and economic activities), and opportunities (infrastructure development, wastewater treatment, …) to optimally allocate and manage water resources.
Biography: Allelign Zeru holds a PhD degree (2004) in Fluid Mechanics (groundwater) from the University of Strasbourg, France; MSc degree (1998) in Resources Engineering (Water and Land Resources Engineering) from the University of Karlsruhe, now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, and BSc degree (1991) in Agricultural Engineering from Alemaya University in Ethiopia. He combines research teaching, and consultancy experience acquired from institutions and projects in more than 10 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. Projects and missions he carried out are mainly for water resources management, groundwater quality control, hydropower projects planning and analysis, surface and groundwater flooding, site pollution and remediation, wastewater management. He produced technical and peer-reviewed scientific articles, and manuals; decision tools used internationally by professionals such as SIMAHPP for hydropower projects planning and analysis; WaterSys for water supply-demand analysis under climate change, population growth, dynamics of economic activities; innovative approach VINMOD for groundwater quality monitoring; organized and delivered graduate level courses in water resources management at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany) and teaching support in hydrology and groundwater hydrology at Oklahoma State University. He directs and supervises a team of graduate students at Grenoble Institute of Technology – ENSE3 (Ecole Nationale Supériere de l’énergie, de l’ean et de l’environnement) in France for SIMAHPP software enhancement with hydrologic model selection and integration. He currently runs HyroXpert and technology development in the field of water, energy and environment. Previously he worked in France at the World Water Council, Grenoble Institute of technology, French-German Institute for Environmental Research; in Germany at the University of Karlsruhe (TH) – Institute of Water Management; in U.S.A at the Oklahoma State University; and in Ethiopia at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research.