Sedimentation, Erosion, Flooding, and Ecological Health of Rivers
Rivers are the integrators of all the natural and human activities that take place on its watershed. Over the last 100-150 years, the land use on almost all the river basins of the world have been altered significantly increasing watershed erosion, river sedimentation and flooding, both in magnitude and occurrence. All these factors have impacted the ecological health of the rivers. This is quite true for river basins such as the Mississippi, Illinois, Missouri, and other rivers in the US and Ganges, Bhagirathi, Hooghly, Brahmaputra and other rivers in India.
The Indo-US workshop on Sedimentation, Erosion, Flooding, and Ecological Health of Rivers brought together scientists, engineers, and managers from India, and those working on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois River Basins in the U.S. The principal investigators of the workshop were Bijoy S. Mazumder (Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata) and Nani G. Bhowmik (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).
|Pictured above on the steps of the Victoria Memorial, Kolkata: |
Back Row (left to right) Dr. Richard Sparks, NGRREC; Jeremy Brill (grad student in hydraulics, University of Iowa; Aloah Pope (grad student in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Ken Lubinski (USGS-UMESC); Doug Blodget (The Nature Conservancy)
Front Row:(left to right) Misganaw (Mike) Demissie (Director of the Illinois State Water Survey); Nani Bhowmik (Principal Scientist Emeritus, Illinois State Water Survey), Nani's wife Krishna, and S.S. Handa (Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi)
Members of the U.S. Delegation view real-time data from sensors in the experimental flume in the Hydraulics Laboratory at the India Statistical Institute, Kolkata.