Monsoon School on Urban Floods - 2017


The Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore had organized a one-week Monsoon School on "Urban Floods" during July 3 - 8, 2017, as one of the outreach activities in the research project entitled, Urban Flood Management in India: Technology Driven Solutions, sponsored by ITRA (Information Technology Research Academy), Ministry of Information and Technology, Government of India. The School comprised of lectures and tutorials by experts, covering topics of urban meteorology, urban hydrology, radar and remote sensing analysis of rain events, big data analysis for urban processes, engineering practices and post-flood responses. Group discussions were arranged to bring out the relevance of the state-of-the-art tools and methodologies for managing urban floods in Indian cities. The School targeted the practicing engineers and young researchers working with government or private bodies and educational institutes.

Venue for the Lectures: GJ Hall, Dept of Civil Engg

Venue for Tutorials: Conference Room/Computer Room, Dept of Civil Engg

Overview of the event: The event consisted of 39 participants across India and neighbouring countries (Bhutan and Nepal) joined the workshop. Prof. Dev Niyogi from Purdue University and Dr. Bhanu Neupane from UNESCO, Paris joined the workshop as resource persons. Indian speakers, Prof. D Nagesh Kumar, Prof. M Sekhar, Prof. MS Mohan Kumar, Prof. P. P. Mujumdar, Prof. V V Srinivas, Prof. Arpita Mondal, Prof. J Indu delivered lectures on different topics relating to urban floods.

The participants of the workshop came from different backgrounds. Young faculty members from different educational institutions; Scientists from CDAC; Officials from Nepal and Bhutan; Research Scholars and graduate students from different education institutes including IIT Hyderabad, IISc Bangalore joined the workshop. This versatile group of participants helped to develop a very dynamic learning process through the workshop.

Each day of the workshop was divided into two sessions. In the morning sessions, lectures were conducted and in the afternoon sessions, tutorials, short assignments on the topics covered were given, group discussions were arranged etc. A visit to KSNDMC was organized on 7th July, 2017 in the afternoon session of the workshop. All the participants visited KSNDMC office where the officials described the functioning of flood early warning systems, telemetric rain gauges and other weather monitoring instruments to the participants.



Prof. Pradeep P Mujumdar

Urban Hydrology – runoff generation, overland flow; Extreme Data Analysis; IDF Relationships, Design flood; Climate Change Impacts; Stormwater Management Model (SWMM).

Prof. M S Mohan Kumar

Flood Routing - Tools, Analysis and Control; Practical Aspects of Urban Flood Management

Prof. Dev Niyogi

Monsoons and urban flooding; HydroClimate and storm resiliency for cities, land surface interactions.

Prof. D Nagesh Kumar

Remote Sensing/GIS/DEM applications in Flood Hydrology.

Dr. G Srinivasa Reddy

Urban Flood Monitoring, Forecast and Early warning.

Prof. Arpita Mondal

Hydroclimatic Extreme Value Analysis.

Prof. V V Srinivas

Performance evaluation of urban stormwater systems.

Prof. J. Indu

Use of Weather Radars for Urban Floods.

Dr. Bhanu Neupane

ICT applications in Urban Flooding; Risk Reduction Cycle; Data Issues; Smart City Concept and looming water stress/crises.

Prof. M Sekhar

Urban Groundwater Issues

Ms. Chandra Rupa R, Dr. V. Agilan, Ms. Alka Tiwari

Tutorial: Hydrological modelling using SWMM- Tutorial