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Assessment the Climate Change Impact on Water resources and Flood Inundation in the Mekong River Basin
Sophal Try 
Ph.D Student, Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Urban Management, Kyoto University
Host Institution: Leichtweiss-Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources, Technische Universitat Braunschweig
Duration of stay: September 25 to October 05, 2019

Host Institution:

  • Professor Günter Meon
    Leichtweiss-Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources, Technische Universitat Braunschweig

Duration of stay:September 25 to October 05, 2019

Participated Events

  • 2nd World Congress on Climate Change (WCCC) Conference 2019, Berlin (September 26-28, 2019).

Aims:

  • Building a new research network in Germany
 

Motivation for application

Learn flood and hydrological characteristics from Germany

I am currently doing research on assessing the impacts of climate change on flood and inundation in the Mekong River Basin. The Mekong is a large river basin, which supports daily life of 60 million people in Thailand, Lao, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
It is important for me to meet with Prof. Günter Meon and merit from his extensive research experience in this study area for my research. On the other hand, the topographic condition of the lower Mekong is quite similar to Germany. Therefore, it is good opportunity to learn flood and hydrological characteristics from Germany.

 

Results

Networking with researchers in Germany at the 2nd World Congress on Climate Change (WCCC) Conference 2019

I could exchange ideas with many researchers and experts by participating at the 2nd World Congress on Climate Change (WCCC) Conference 2019 and by presenting a poster showing my research results. I received advice by well-known researchers from all over the world in the field of flood inundation and climate change.

 

Gaining new research direction and skills for my research by staying at the LWI, TUB

I have presented my current research progress to Prof. Günter Meon and his colleagues.We had a comprehensive discussion on my recent work and the future direction of my research. Furthermore, while staying at LWI, TUB, I had chance to do fieldwork in Germany and thereby acquired new skills and methods for river management.

 

Experience of a highly excellence research environment in a foreign country

By working in a foreign research atmosphere, I became aware of the different styles of research environments and facilities in Japan and abroad. I also learned about university life and work balance of researchers in Germany.

 

2nd World Congress on Climate Change (WCCC) Conference

 

Present poster at WCCC
 
Received certificate at WCCC
 
 

Outlook

I am going to continue collaborative research with Prof. Günter Meon on climate change in the Mekong region. Moreover, I want to expand my research network not only in Germany but also other countries. My goal is to contribute to the expansion of our understanding of flood inundation characteristics and the effects of climate change. This short stay gave me knowledge of new research environments and the research opportunities by staying at LWI, TUB. It might even open a path for a future post-doctoral opportunity in Germany.