Water is an essential resource for human life, for the global economy and for ecosystems. However, more than 1.2 billion people still do not have access to safe drinking water and over 2.4 billion lack basic sanitation. Pressures on water resources are increasing mainly as a result of human activity – namely urbanization, population growth, increased living standards, growing competition for water, and pollution. These are aggravated by climate change and variations in natural conditions. Around the world, human activity and natural forces are reducing available water resources. Although public awareness of the need to better manage and protect water has grown over the last decade, economic conditions and short term policies pose severe challenges in achieving sustainable water resources.
The need to develop more sustainable practices for the management and efficient use of water resources, as well as the need to protect the environmental ecosystems where these resources are located, has led to fundamental shifts in implementing better technologies, integrated water resources planning and management. The long-term benefits of an integrated approach and establishing water resource policies in achieving sustainable water resources is enormous which not only improve the living conditions, nevertheless also supports the local agriculture and farming as well as on Country economy.
The global vision of water research in Brunei Darussalam is to face the global challenge of ensuring safe and adequate supplies of water of good quality are maintained for the entire population, while preserving the hydrological, biological and chemical functions of ecosystems, adapting human activities within the capacity limits of nature and combating vectors of water-related diseases.
The shared vision and overall objective of water research cluster in Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) is to upkeep the Brunei Darussalam’s water vision and provide services through the development of sustainable technologies, improvement of indigenous technologies and establishing water resource policies within the appropriate framework conditions.
The research cluster team has global experience and extensive expertise on Water and Irrigation Infrastructure, Coastal Hydraulics, Hydro-informatics and Climate Change, Integrated Water Resources Management and waste water management.
Active research projects in this cluster
- Dr. Shahriar Shams – Environmental Flows For Sustainable Ecosystem
For interested research collaboration, research scholarships and/or graduate study opportunities, please contact the cluster leader or the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research:
Dr. Rama Rao Karri,
- Research Interests:
- Water-Energy Nexus, Costal Hydraulics and Hydro-informatics. Data-Model Integration. Integrated Smart Water Resources Management.
Professor Dr. Guo Zhenren
Dean of Graduate Studies and Research
- Research Interests:
- Environmental Hydraulics; Water Quality Monitoring and Management, Integrated Management of Coastal Zones, Water Resource and Environmental Engineering.