Damage due to increasingly intense and frequent water-related hazards, such as flood and sediment disasters, is expected to worsen manifold in the near future. This aggravation is attributable to global warming, vulnerable livelihood due to rapidly growing population and unplanned urbanization, poor accessibility to the latest knowledge and technology, and inadequate public perception of disaster risks. On the other hand, science and technology have continued making advancements in observation technologies including remote sensing, artificial intelligence, big-data analysis, modelling capacities, and helping experts and other stakeholders gain additional capabilities and thus contribute to making significant changes in confronting water-related disasters. The goal of this particular session is to provide a premier forum for researchers and practitioners working on issues regarding water-related disasters involving flooding, sediment, and driftwood to discuss and share recent advancements in science, technology, modeling, and practices under the COVID-19 pandemic for better management of water-related disaster risks and damage.
1) Application of multi-platform data, integration/merging, artificial intelligence, big-data analysis, GIS, and remote sensing to flood- and sediment-related hazard and risk mapping
Keywords: ground and satellite observation, bias correction and merging, artificial intelligence, big-data integration and analysis, GIS, flood monitoring, hazard and risk mapping
2) Deterministic and ensemble weather forecasting of heavy rainfall prediction, uncertainty estimation, and application of artificial intelligence and machine learning
Keywords: weather forecasting, downscaling, data assimilation, bias correction, ensemble prediction, uncertainty estimation, artificial intelligence, machine learning
3) Modeling of floods and sediment- and driftwood-related disasters and risk assessment
Keywords: hydrological and hydrodynamic modeling, sediment and/or driftwood laden flood, sediment transport, driftwood, bank erosion, channel change, hazard and risk mapping
river channel design and management, water diversion, bank erosion, channel bifurcation, hazard and risk mapping