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Keynote Speaker I

Prof.  Guangwei Huang

Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

Born in Shanghai, graduated from Fudan University and obtained Ph.D from the University of Tokyo. Work experiences include Associate Professor at the Dept. of Civil Engineering, the University of Tokyo; Associate Professor at the Dept. of Civil Engineering, Kanazawa University; Associate Professor at the Dept. of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Niigata University; Associate Professor in Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo; Professor for an international education program at International Center for Water Hazard and Risk Management under the auspices of UNESCO. Career in Sophia started from Sep. 21, 2011.
My research activities over the past decade can be described as multidisciplinary and multi-scales. Lake eutrophication modeling; sustainable use of wetland; river flow and water quality simulations, urban flood risk management and long-term policy impact analysis as well. Some of recent publications are Huang, G.W.: Long-term impact of policy mismatch on watershed health, International Journal of River Basin Management. Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 79-84, 2011. Huang, G.W.: Time lag between reduction of sediment supply and coastal erosion, International Journal of Sediment Research, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp.27-35, 2011. Huang, G.W.: Role change of in-channel vegetation with regard to sediment, Journal of Environmental Informatics, Vol.18, No.1, 31-37, 2011.
I deal with environmental problems in various approaches from field survey, statistical analysis and numerical modeling. My research strategy is a good combination of "seeds" and "needs". My belief is that environmental problems could not be solved unless we break the walls of conventional research fields. We must take integrated approaches to deal with the very complex and interconnected environmental issues. We need new concepts, new way of thinking, new tools, new value and ultimately new society.


Speech Title-"Innovative Flood Disaster Management for Sustainable Development"

Abstract-Both China and Japan have been suffering from flood disasters since ancinet times and have accumulated a great amoun of knowledge about dealing with flooding. The present work presents a comparison of flood disaster management between China and Japan from ancient to the present. It explores both concepts and practices for flood risk management and looks at emergency response from both institutional and individual perspectives. It also serves as a call for industries to get involved in deloping innovative solutions to minimize flood damage.


Keynote Speaker II


 Prof. Koh Hock Lye

Sunway University, Malaysia

H.L. Koh was born in Penang, Malaysia. He received his BSc from University of Malaya in 1970 and MA as wellas PhD in mathematics in 1971 and 1976 respectively from University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. He was the recipient of Oppenheim Prize of University of Malaysia and Fulbright Scholarship USA and DAAD Fellowship. He served as an Associate Member of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) from 1986 to 1992. He is currently a Professor at Sunway University Business School. He has served for 40 years in Universiti Sains Malaysia before continuing his research at Sunway University. His fields of specialization include environmental and ecologicalsystem modeling and simulations, integrated river basin management andmodeling, numerical modeling of tsunami hazards and numerical simulation of dengue and H1N1 epidemics. Prof. Koh has many journal publications, notably in Water Sciences & Technology, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Water Quality Research Journal of Canada, Pollution in the Urban Environment, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, Ecosystems, Ecological Modelling, Landscape Ecology and Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.


Speech Title-"Mangrove Regime Shift Under Climate Shocks"

Mangroves are vulnerable to coastal turbulences and human encroachments. Climate change impacts, such as reduced freshwater flows, increased salt intrusion and sea level rise, may provide the impetus to trigger vegetation regime shifts detrimental to these delicate ecosystems. Warming climate may increase the frequency, duration, and intensity of coastal disturbances such as hurricanes and typhons. A combination of these environmental and climate shocks can cast profound uncertainty to the sustainability of these coastal resources. Understanding coastal ecosystem vulnerability and resilience to environmental and climate shocks is important. Model simulations coupled with onsite monitoring may provide us with the tools to devise sustainable strategy essential for the protection of these ecosystems.


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