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Technical Seminar: Coastal Challenges to Flood Management in times of Climate Change

Date, time & venue

2018-12-19;18:30-20:00;Room Y302, Block Y, The HK Polytechnic University


Organised by:

EVD, CVD, Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept of the HK Polytechnic University, BSOMES, IAHR-HK

(Supported by AMC and CAD of HKIE)



Programme Highlights:

Super-Typhoon Mangkhut 2018 caused high storm surges resulting in serious flooding in many low-lying coastal areas in Hong Kong. This reminds us of the inadequacy of our flood management infrastructure which has been well developed mainly for inland areas subject to rainfall induced floods. At the same time, with indisputable Climate Change, the mean sea levels are rising and storm surges will also be increased by more frequent Super-Typhoons due to increasingly warm Pacific Ocean temperatures. This seminar is to share the Speaker’s insights into the coastal challenges to flood management in times of Climate Changes. He will address coastal flood mitigation measures including emergency evacuation based on real-time sea level forecasting (by combining storm surge and astronomical tide predictions), coastal polders, storm surge barriers and floating structures. The last two measures are new to Hong Kong.



English PowerPoint presentation supplemented with Chinese Subtitle and Cantonese, where appropriate



Ir Prof. CHAN Pak Keung, an Adjunct Professor of HKU, former Professor of Practice (Infrastructure) of PolyU, a honorary fellow of IAHR-HK, and a retired Assistant Director of Drainage Services. He was qualified as a civil and structural engineer in 1980’s and has over thirty years of experience in wastewater engineering and flood management. He has got Bachelor and Master Degrees in Civil Engineering from HKU and a postgraduate diploma in Hydraulic Engineering (Lowland Development) from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education.


Registration & Enquiries:

The seminar is free of charge with maximum of participants of 120. For registration, please complete the online enrolment form in HKIE EVD website (fttp://ev, Successful applicants will be notified before the event. For enquiries, please contact Ir Anthony Kwan at, M:9356 4628 or Ir Michael Yeung at, M:5541 3813. Attendance certificate will be awarded after the seminar.

This event is full. A re-run is being considered. Please stay tuned.





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