In 2007 the Singapore-Delft Water Alliance started with eight large research projects covering a broad spectrum of topics in marine and freshwater environments. In the meantime, several more studies have been carried or are underway, and the number of studies is rapidly increasing.
To ensure that we stay focussed on what we are good at, and to leverage on the on-going projects and projects being carried out in the past four years, four research roadmaps have been developed to guide SDWA’s research direction in the next 3-5 years. The Roadmaps define the purpose, aims, context, possible research topics and links with societal questions and interactions with users of the research
1. Urban Water Management
This theme aims to understand the fundamentals of freshwater system functioning and generate knowledge to help improve water quality and quantity, ecology and appearance of urban water bodies.
Knowledge created through the linkage of experimental research in both laboratory and field situations with modelling will be used to define innovative, interdisciplinary water management practices and urban design decisions. Developing sustainable, cost-effective urban water management strategies requires:
2. Climate Adaptation
This theme will investigate strategies, tools and techniques to provide safety against floods, ensure safe water supply and protect ecosystems in the face of climate change. This theme will also provide the fundamental knowledge to support integrated coastal management, based on Building with Nature to reduce vulnerability and habitat loss under climate change. Successful application requires:
3. Operational Management Systems
This theme will serve to develop and improve the ability to deliver operational forecasts in the context of tropical urban water systems (including flooding and recreational use) and maritime operations. This requires expertise in the following areas: numerical modelling of hydraulic, hydrologic, water quality and atmospheric systems; data assimilation (DA); operational management systems (OMS) and operational forecast delivery. In essence for each area: