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Event Details

  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017
  • 15:45 - 16:15

Imagineering the Cybernetics of Water Resource Management

Regions around the world are facing rapid large-scale environmental changes brought about by natural forces unleashed by climate change; historical forces driven by social, political and demographic changes; and global transitions triggered by new technologies. In South Asia, the impact of these changes is felt most in the water sector in poor management of irrigation networks, depleting groundwater, deterioration in water quality, poor sanitation and difficulties in preservation of eco-systems. To address these challenges, we have developed and deployed cyber physical systems and IoT inspired solutions for water management and precision agriculture in the Indus river basin in Pakistan.These include real-time flow monitoring systems, innovative schemes for demand-based and supply-driven irrigation delivery and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to inspect siltation of water channels. We demonstrate the effectiveness of such cybernetic technologies in scaling-up solutions for transparent and effective governance of water resources.