Book on Groundwater Environment in Asian Cities by AIT authors

General Press Releases Monday March 14, 2016 14:42
Bangkok--14 Mar--Asian Institute of Technology

A book on "Groundwater Environment in Asian Cities" by Associate Professor Dr. Sangam Shrestha and Vishnu Prasad Pandey of the Asian Institute of Technology 's School of Engineering and Technology (SET) has been released by Elsevier. Coauthored with Binaya R Shivakoti of Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan and Shashidhar Thatikonda of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad, the book focuses on groundwater environment in 14 Asian cities.

Using the Driver-Pressure-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) framework, the book presents the latest information on groundwater dependency, problems related to groundwater over exploitation, and implementation of various policy instruments, management practices and their results from Asian cities. Exhaustive coverage of Bandung (Indonesia), Bangkok (Thailand), Beijing (China), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Chitwan (Nepal), Delhi (India), Dili (East Timor), Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), Hyderabad (India), Khulna (Bangladesh), Lahore (Pakistan), Seoul (South Korea), Tokyo (Japan), and Yangon (Myanmar) ensure that every region in Asia is covered in this 542-page publication.

The forewords for the book are provided by Dr. Linda Anne Stevenson, Division Head, Communication and Scientific Affairs, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN); Dr. Neno Kukuric, Director, International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC),The Netherlands; Dr. Aureli Alice, Chief of Section, Groundwater System and Human Settlements, International Hydrological Programme (IHP), UNESCO: and Mr. Hideyuki Mori, President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan.

The first section of the book comprising of two chapters contextualises the study and presents the analytical framework. The remaining three sections are a detailed study of the Groundwater Environment in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Central and East Asia. The 19-chapter book targets policy makers, decision makers, researchers, academic and research institutes, implementing agencies and governmental bodies working in the groundwater sector.

The book was conceived as a result of feedback from a project titled "Enhancing Groundwater Management Capacity in Asian Cities through Development and Application of Groundwater Sustainability Index in the Context of Climate Change" supported by Asia Pacific Network on Global Change Research (APN).

According to the authors, "The information in the book will serve as a baseline for other research such as mitigation of groundwater related problems (e.g., land subsidence), impact of climate change on groundwater, and importance of groundwater for implementing sustainable development goals in future."

Release Date:16 Feb 2016
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Print Book ISBN :9780128031667
Pages:542
Dimensions:229 X 15
More details are available at this link: http://store.elsevier.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780128031667
AIT BookShelf: Books by AIT authors can be found here: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/bookshelf#.VuJG21R9600
Photo caption: Mr. Vishnu Prasad Pandey (left) and Dr. Sangam Shrestha (right).

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