Jacky Croke
Jacky Croke, University of Queensland

Following postgraduate studies (PhD) on floodplain evolution in Ireland, Jacky was awarded an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Australian National University investigating Quaternary environmental change in the Lake Eyre Basin. In 1994 Jacky started a career with CSIRO Land and Water as Senior Research Scientist and Project Leader of the CRC for Catchment Hydrology's 'Water Quality in Forest Environments'. In 2000, she held the position of Associate Professor in the School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences at the University of New South Wales. She also held the position of Program Coordinator of Land and Water Australia's (LWA) National Contaminants Program. She has held several large ARC projects and was lead Chief Investigator on a large, multi-partner ARC Linkage project 'The Big Flood: Will it happen again?' investigating the recurrence of extreme flood events in SEQ.

"What did we learn from the Lockyer Valley 2011 Flood? Lessons and Opportunities from the Big Flood Project"

Six years ago on the 11th of January 2011 an unprecedented catastrophic flood event unfolded in the Lockyer Valley in south east Queensland, one of Australia's fastest growing regions in terms of population and infrastructure expansion. Rapid flood waters spilled out across the floodplains and moved downstream and throughout the Brisbane River catchment inundating the capital's CBD and inner suburbs. The 2011 flood was reported in the media as 'biblical' and extreme in its magnitude and is estimated to have cost the Australian economy ~ $6B. This presentation reviews several key lessons and some exciting opportunities emerging from an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project entitled 'The Big Flood: will it happen again?' (www.thebigflood.com.au) which involved collaboration between Universities and state industry partners. The project title is fitting in light of the Conference's theme of 'Preparing for the next great flood'. The presentation focusses on three key themes (i) The role of Geomorphology in Flood Risk Management (ii) Extending the flood record through palaeoflood reconstruction and (iii) reducing uncertainty in flood frequency analysis- the exciting future of flood risk management in Australia.

Associate Professor Graham Brewer
Associate Professor Graham Brewer, CIFAL Newcastle, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Disaster Risk Reduction and the Sustainable Development Goalsy

Dr Graham Brewer is currently Executive Director of CIFAL Newcastle, an international training centre affiliated to the United Nations through its Institute of training and research, of which he is a Fellow. Its primary focus is on Disaster Risk Reduction and implementation of the Sendai Framework, though CIFAL Newcastle also has a mandate in relation to promoting both awareness of, and progress towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. He is also a Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research and Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His construction expertise centres upon decision-making and innovation, within individual firms and across project teams, which ultimately demand socio-technical explanation. This work has been extended to understand the behaviour of supply chains during and after disasters. His work has received multiple awards and has resulted in industry consultancies related to the use of disruptive technologies such as Building Information Modelling. As an educator Dr Brewer's teaching has been recognised with multiple citations, culminating in a Commonwealth award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building.

Simone De Kleermaeker
Simone De Kleermaeker, Deltares & Brian Jackson, Water Technology
Australian-Dutch Collaboration for Water Resilient Cities

Mrs. De Kleermaeker is senior advisor in the Marine and Coastal Systems Unit of Deltares. She has almost 15 years of experience with operational information systems and hydrodynamic modelling. This experience has been gained both in Marine and Coastal systems as well as Industrial systems.

She has been project leader on a number of national and international projects. In addition she has excellent training skills. She has led the multiyear development of the operational early warning system for the Dutch coast, forecasting both storm surge and waves making use of data assimilation. This has been operational since 2013. She has since then applied this knowledge in international project, both for hydrological models as coastal applications.

In the field of hydrodynamic modelling, she worked on diverse projects and topics, ranging from design of intake and outfall structures and recirculation studies for desalination and power plant to design of various pipeline systems.

She shares her knowledge in generic or specialized trainings, including methods like interactive workshops and serious gaming. She has extended experience as teacher and trainer.


Brian Jackson

I am a professional civil engineer and hold an MSc in hydrology (summa cum laude). I am a water resources manager, modeller and hydrologist with 20 years of experience in implementing integrated water resources management in South Africa.

I have been at the forefront of implementing the new and internationally respected water act of South Africa since its promulgation in 1998 through my employment at both the national Department of Water Affairs and the first Catchment Management Agency established in South Africa. This entails the protection, use, development, conservation, management and control of water resources.

I oversaw the development of the first ever Catchment Management Strategy in South Africa and I also implemented an innovative adaptive real time operational water resources management framework for river operating rules based on adaptive management principles and the integration of data, computer modelling, governance/Institutions and stakeholder centred consensus driven decision making (i.e. the integration of both technical and social sciences).

Quy Nhan Pham
Quy Nhan Pham & Ngoc Huan Tran, Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam
Flooding in Vietnam: Current Status and Challenges

Associate Professor Quy Nhan PHAM is currently Vice Rector, acting head department of Faculty of Water Resources, Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment (HUNRE) under management of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE). He is also in charge of International Relations, Scientific Research and Technology, Editor in chief of Journal for Science and Technology of Natural Resources and Environment. He has promoted international relation to well-known universities in the world about natural resources and environment in general, on water resources in particular, in which consist of Delft University of Technology, Miami University, Stukuba University, Asian Institute of Technology and Flinders University. In addition, Associate Professor Quy Nhan Pham is a visiting professor at Vietnam National University and Hanoi University of Mining and Geology.

His specific work priorities lie in the area of groundwater resources, groundwater surface water interactions and integrated water resources management. Particular attention is also devoted to seek out solutions in flood management and water resources challenges in delta regions in Vietnam with calling support from international organisation to fulfill HUNRE's mission and MONRE's function. He has authored, co-authored, and edited more than 100 publications including books, journal papers, research reports, lecture notes.


Ngoc Huan Tran

Ngoc Huan Tran graduated in Hydrology and Environment with special emphasis on water resources at Thuyloi University. He won the second prize of Loa Thanh prize, an award known as "award for excellent thesis of engineering universities of Vietnam" in 2011. He studied an international master programme on Integrated Water Resources Management based on the cooperation between Thuy Loi University in Viet Nam side and Delft University of Technology in Netherlands side. He has been in Netherlands for two week to study in the last semester. Delft University of Technology (TUDelft) provides leading international research and education, especially in water resources and civil engineering field.

Ngoc Huan Tran is a lecturer Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment on Water Resources. His main task covers subjects related on water resources such as river basin management, water resources planning and management and numerical modeling. Another key focus is the sediment transport and river morphology as well as impact of sand mining and renewable potential of sand, gravel serving sand exploitation management, and application of modern technologies such as numerical modeling, remote sensing and GIS and citizen science model to solve relevant problems. He is author of 12 international conference papers and national journals from 2011 to present.

Thi Huong Lan Pham
Thi Huong Lan Pham, Water Resources University, Vietnam
Forecasting Study and Researches of Climate Change Impacts on the Red River Basin

A/Professor Thi Huong Lan Pham is a water resources expert from Water Resources University, Vietnam.

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