15 July 2016

NUSDeltares Research Track Leader Seminar: Flood Management in Asia – Overcoming Data Scarcity Challenges

As part of NUSDeltares’s knowledge-sharing initiatives, the Alliance has invited two Research Track Leaders in the respective field of hydrologic engineering and social policy to share their expertise on the common topic of flood management. The seminar was held on 30th June 2016 at the Shaw Foundation Alumni House with the broad attendance of representatives from the research institutes, government agencies, and private industries.


Dr. Liong Shie-Yui, Deputy Director of Tropical Marine Science Institute, presented his research and methodologies on significantly improving freely accessible satellite data to reproduce high resolution Digital Elevation Models (DEM) and proposing proxies for rainfall data, both of which are of paramount importance in providing forecasts about the future floods with high precision.



Dr. Sonia Akter, Assistant Professor from Institute of Water Policy (IWP), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, gave insights into the data scarcity challenges faced in formulating Weather Index Insurance, increasingly adopted as one of the Climate Change Adaptation strategies. Weather Index Insurance is believed to have many advantages over traditional loss-based insurance but the data challenges in constructing cost-effective Weather Index are among the main obstacles to the popularization of this new insurance product. The challenges could potentially be reduced by some of the scientific developments presented by Dr. Liong Shie-Yui.

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The seminar was moderated by Associate Director Ms. Lydia Lim and was well-received by the diverse audience. The seminar was followed by a networking lunch session.

About the speakers

Dr. Lionprof.liongg Shie-Yui is the Deputy Director of Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI). He received his Dipl.-Ing. from University of Karlsruhe (Germany) and his Ph.D. from Iowa Institute of Hydraulics Research of University of Iowa (USA). He is also currently an associate editor of Journal of Environmental Science and Policy, and Smart Water journal. His most recent research focus is on climate downscaling for Southeast Asia domain and deriving valuable information from the downscaled climate to evaluate the impacts of climate change on water resources, flooding, saltwater intrusion, crop yields, etc.


Dr.Sonia Akter Akter obtained her Master’s degree in Economics from York University (Canada) and completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Management and Development from Australian National University (Australia). Dr. Akter worked on numerous policy-oriented research projects in South and Southeast Asia, Australia and Canada. Her three key research interests include climate change mitigation and adaptation policy, agriculture and food security, gender equity and women empowerment.


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