• 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


  • Joseph CHUNG, Water Supplies Department, HKSAR Government (Topic: Building Water Security in Hong Kong)
  • Frederick LEE, HKU (Topic: climate change uncertainties and Hong Kong’s urban water-sector policy responses)
  • Dawn MCGREGOR, China Water Risk (Topic: Our Real Liquidity Crisis: Does Asia have enough water to develop?)
  • Jianping HUANG, HKUST (Topic: 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


  • Ruidan CHEN, SYSU (Topic: Potential Predictors for the Heat Wave over East Asia)
  • Chao REN, The University of Hong Kong (Topic: The Overheating Cities and Adaptions)
  • Kevin LAU Ka-Lun, Chinese University of Hong Kong (Topic: 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.

Moderators: Anthony LEUNG & Charles NG, HKUST


  • Stephanie GLENDINNING, Newcastle University (Topic: Resilience of long linear geotechnical infrastructure in a changing climate)
  • Vaughan GRIFFITHS, Colorado School of Mines (Topic: Climate change and the Influence of Water on Geotechnical Stability)
  • Limin ZHANG, HKUST (Topic: Assessing Regional Landslide and Flood Susceptibility under Extreme Storms)
  • Michael DAVIS, Sussex University (Topic: Engineering and bioengineering slope stabilization techniques for landslide risk mitigation)
  • Clarence CHOI, HKUST (Topic: 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


  • Minhan DAI, Xiamen University (Topic: Perspectives Towards Ecosystems-based Management of the Greater Bay Area of the PRD)
  • Tony CHIU, Environmental Protection Department, HKSAR Government (Topic: Water Pollution and Coastal Water Quality)
  • Joanne LEE, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, HKSAR Government (Topic: Sustainable Aquaculture – Does Climate Change Matter?)
  • GAN Jianping, HKUST (Topic: 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)