Plenary

 

A. Jacob Odgaard, Professor and Dean, School of Architecture and Design, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China; formerly Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, Iowa City, U.S., and Research Engineer, IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering, University of Iowa, Iowa City, He  has served as Editor of ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. He received Hydraulic Structures Medal and Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulics Prize from ASCE. He has earned the designation of Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) Board of Trustees.

Presentation Title: Water Quality Control Measures in Growing Cities

Abstract: Urbanization, climate change, and outdated infrastructure are driving innovations in storm water and pollution management in cities. Low impact and green infrastructure technologies are being developed to manage excess storm water runoff and water quality. Many are being developed for and used in the so-called sponge cities. Design guidelines vary as do performance. Critical for a smart management approach is understanding the urban water balance and the parameters in the hydrologic cycle that affect this balance. We’ll discuss alternatives for managing the man-made change in the ratio between runoff and infiltration, methods for capitalizing on nature’s own ability to self-regulate and purify, and strategies for monitoring performance. We’ll also pitch the need for education in the new technologies and suggest ways to effectively share experience worldwide.