Project Title: The 4 th International Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics and the 14 th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of the International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research

Applicant : Professor Joseph HW LEE of the University of Hong Kong

Total Approved Grant : $8,800

Duration : 15/12/2004 to 18/12/2004

Project Status/Remarks : Completed

Scope :

The Symposium and Congress will provide a forum for exchange and discussion on diverse hydraulic and water environment issues, and enhance Hong Kong’s image as a centre of innovation and technology and organization of international scientific events. It is expected that the event will encourage and facilitate the development of innovative engineering solution to the complex and challenging water environment problems in Hong Kong.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes :

The 14th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of IAHR was hosted by the Department of Civil Engineering, the University of Hong Kong on December 15-18, 2004. The Congress was held jointly in parallel with the 4th International Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics (ISEH) in Hong Kong. The main theme of the conference is “Sustainable Water Management in the Asia-Pacific Region”. More than 350 scientists, engineers, research workers and students participated in the conference which proved to be a successful forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences on recent developments in environmental hydraulics and water management issues.

All four keynote lectures were excellently delivered with expertise and the latest knowledge. The ten invited lectures were equally outstanding and the speakers were all prominent figures in hydraulics. During the first three days of the conference, about 280 contributing papers were presented in five to seven parallel sessions. The papers covered all areas of environmental hydraulics and water resource engineering and management. Areas with many papers included eco-hydraulics, urban stormwater management, flood forecasting and prevention, sediment dynamics, hydrodynamic and water quality models, mixing and transport, jets and plumes, hydraulic structures, and open channel flows. A special session was held on December 17 on “Field studies and model verification” which was convened by the State Key Laboratory of Hydraulics on High Speed Flows, of Sichuan University, China.

The technical site visits took place on December 18, 2005. Amongst the five different technical visits offered, the most popular one was the Penny’s Bay Reclamation Site where the delegates witnessed the construction of some 60 hectares of land for the Disneyland Theme Park and the implementation of environmental impact monitoring and mitigation measures for the protection of water quality. Full description of the sites is attached. On the same day a post-conference technical talk entitled “Sediments in sewers” was delivered by Dr. Jean-Luc Bertrand-Krajewski of the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, France at the University of Hong Kong.

All the keynote, invited and contributing papers were published by A.A. Balkema Publishers in a hard-bound two-volume Proceedings (ISBN: 04-1536-546-5)