DETAILS:

  • Date : 28 Oct 2018 (Sunday)
  • Time : 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Venue : 2/F, classrooms 2302 / 2303 / 2304 / 2306 (Lift 17/18), HKUST

WORKSHOP 1 – Climate “Extremes”

The second part of the workshop will focus on dry-land expansion, drought and their influences on water security, followed by reviewing potential solutions from new water technologies as well as local water supplies strategies.
Session 1.3: Extreme Drought and Water Risk

This session will discuss the global-warming-induced challenges to water security and potential new policy and technology needed for future adaptation and mitigation. The threat to agriculture and ecosystem due to the expansion and cancerization of dryland will also be addressed.
Moderator:Ruby LEUNG, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Speakers:Joseph CHUNG, Water Supplies Department, HKSAR GovernmentTopic: Building Water Security in Hong Kong
Frederick LEE, HKUTopic: climate change uncertainties and Hong Kong's urban water-sector policy responses
Dawn MCGREGOR, China Water RiskTopic: Our Real Liquidity Crisis: Does Asia have enough water to develop?
Jianping HUANG, HKUSTTopic: Accelerated Decline of Atmospheric Oxygen and Dryland Cancerization
Session 1.4: Impact of climate change on urban environment

This session focuses on the adaptation to a warming climate. We will discuss the prediction of heat waves from science, urban planning, and public service perspective, as well as the design of future cities for improving their thermal comfort levels.
Moderator:Winston CHOW, National University of Singapore
Speakers:Ruidan CHEN, SYSUTopic: Potential Predictors for the Heat Wave over East Asia
Chao REN, The University of Hong KongTopic: The Overheating Cities and Adaptions
Kevin LAU Ka-Lun, Chinese University of Hong KongTopic: Design of Outdoor Spaces for Outdoor Thermal Comfort under Future Climate Change
WORKSHOP 2 – Excess Water Challenges | Session 2.2: Excess Water Challenges (on floods in particular)

The challenges that flooding pose to public safety and sustainable development, especially to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of critical infrastructures and systems of cities are both severe and growing. Cities with high population with steep hillslopes face particular challenges. In addition, climate projections suggest that both the frequency and intensity of extremes are likely to increase in future, which has emerged as an important issue for future flood risk management and mitigation. This workshop will discuss future flood risk mitigation under climate change involving multi-disciplinary experts and stakeholders.
Moderator:Anthony LEUNG, HKUST
Charles NG, HKUST
Speakers:Stephanie GLENDINNING, Newcastle UniversityTopic: Resilience of long linear geotechnical infrastructure in a changing climate
Vaughan GRIFFITHS, Colorado School of MinesTopic: Climate change and the Influence of Water on Geotechnical Stability
Limin ZHANG, HKUSTTopic: Assessing Regional Landslide and Flood Susceptibility under Extreme Storms
Michael DAVIS, Sussex UniversityTopic: Engineering and bioengineering slope stabilization techniques for landslide risk mitigation
Clarence CHOI, HKUSTTopic: Advanced technology for debris flow mitigation
WORKSHOP 3 – Ocean-related Challenges | Session 3.2: Acidification and Eutrophication

About a third of human-induced carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels has been absorbed by the oceans, which has increase the acidity of ocean water, which in turn is having an impact on marine life. Climate change is also exacerbating eutrophication due to changes in ocean circulation and other impacts. This workshop will discuss how interdisciplinary study with world-class methodology and multi-scale perspective of ocean in the linked river-estuary-shelf-basin system could help address all these crucially important issues.
Moderator:GAN Jianping, HKUST
Speakers:Minhan DAI, Xiamen UniversityTopic: Perspectives Towards Ecosystems-based Management of the Greater Bay Area of the PRD
Tony CHIU, Environmental Protection Department, HKSAR GovernmentTopic: Water Pollution and Coastal Water Quality
Joanne LEE, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, HKSAR GovernmentTopic: Sustainable Aquaculture – Does Climate Change Matter?
GAN Jianping, HKUSTTopic: Changes in Response to Changing Climate in the China Sea
WORKSHOP 4 – Tertiary Climate Impacts & Public Policy

(Extended discussion and conclusion from the day before on 27 Oct 2018)