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CECAN Webinar: Systems Approaches to Water Management and Infrastructure Planning for Zero-Pollution Targets

Online, 17 Jun 2021, 1pm
Dr Ana Mijic

Photo by Maciej Rusek

Thursday 17th June 2021, 13:00 – 14:00 BST

Presenter: Dr Ana Mijic, Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation Co-Director, Senior Lecturer in Water Systems Integration, Imperial College London

Webinar Overview:

At a time of system shocks, significant underlying challenges have been revealed in current approaches to delivering infrastructure, including the need for holistic assessment and that infrastructure users in many societies feel distant from nature. In this seminar, I will present methods for integrated land use planning and sustainable water management. The methods are based on a systems approach to infrastructure and environmental management, which identifies systems integration, integrated modelling and net-zero thinking as key research themes that can improve our understanding of the environmental impacts and the multifunctionality of infrastructure interventions and operational decisions. I will introduce a novel Systems Water Management (SYWM) framework, developed as part of a NERC Innovation Placement with the Environment Agency, and how its meta-model can be used to analyse a range of water management and land use planning challenges. I will also give examples of how the SYWM meta-model can be used to inform the development of integrated water management models at city and catchment scales to evaluate adaptation options designed to offset adverse impacts of development on water resources, water quality and flood risk. These models provide much needed systems-level evidence that has a potential to inform environmental policy, local planning and water infrastructure decisions.

Presenter Biography:

Dr Ana Mijic is a Senior Lecturer in Water Systems Integration and a Co-Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation (CSEI). She is leading the development of novel systems tools focused on quantifying the interaction between water systems and sustainable development. The work has aim to inform regulatory bodies and water industry if and how we can support economic growth whilst ensuring sustainable water use and flood and water quality management under future uncertainties. Through NERC Innovation Fellowship funding she worked with the UK Environment Agency to apply systems thinking and systemic approaches to develop principles of systems water management at a catchment scale. She has led the CHANSE project on systems water management and irrigation water use in India. Currently, Ana is a Systems Analysis Lead for the CAMELLIA impact programme, where her work is focused on the development of systems water management models. These models can represent the integrated water infrastructure planning system, and how grey and Blue-Green infrastructure solutions can be integrated with land use planning and housing design. Models can used to inform design and operations of water infrastructure systems and test environmental regulation under climate change uncertainty in the context of NZI. Ana is a member of the EWRE Hydrology group that was awarded the 2019 Imperial President’s Award for Excellence in Research for Outstanding Research Team.

How to Join:

This talk will take place via a Zoom Webinar – please click here to register for a place.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. In case you are unable to attend, a recording of the webinar will be uploaded to our website following the event.

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