Public Works Research Institute (PWRI)
Deadline for applications: February 13, 2015
ICHARM aims to prevent or reduce water-related disasters worldwide by studying disaster management and providing assistance in local activities through pilot projects so that localities will learn to develop appropriate disaster management strategies based on their
needs and conditions.
The development of policies to cope with climate changes is a pressing issue for countries around the world due to possible changes in rainfall and its distribution as global warming progresses.
Developing countries that have been slow in implementing measures for water-related disasters are especially vulnerable to floods and droughts. In particular, the agricultural
sector, which is often the main economic source of those countries, is highly likely to suffer from them. Moreover, to support the coming progress in the industrial sector and the sustainable development of economic activity in adapting to increasing water demand due to population growth, it is also an urgent task to reduce water-related disaster risk.
Since 2012, ICHARM has been studying the climate-change impact on global water supply and demand and the evaluation of adaptation measures regarding Asian river basins, where there is a grave concern about more frequent floods and droughts as the climate changes. We have been also conducting the research and development of evaluation tools and adaptation measures for flood and drought risks concerning socio-economic activities including agriculture in those basins.
Based on these considerations, the research specialist will be expected to have the following responsibilities:
Collect and sort out information on flood/drought damage analysis and water demand estimation methods from previous literature and experts meetings.
Collect and sort out information on climate change impact on socio-economic activities from previous literature and experts meetings.
Study and develop water demand estimation methods by using global data.
Study and develop flood/drought damage assessment methods by using global data.
Conduct quantitative assessment of the causal relationship between floods/droughts and their damages to socio-economic activities, such as agriculture, in consideration of various factors including the characteristics of floods and droughts, the possible impact of climate changes, and the characteristics (e.g., weather, hydrology, topography, social conditions, history, past disaster experience) of the five Asian vulnerable basins (Indus, Chao Phraya, Mekong, Solo and Pampanga).
Estimate flood and drought risks, considering water demand, and develop climate-change
Assist in planning and operation of international conferences, hosted or co-hosted by
ICHARM, to discuss coping strategies for prospective climate changes.
Provide supervision and assistance for participants in training programs organized by