Climate Change and Environment

Research Ploicy

IWM undertakes two types of research: one is sponsored research, meant for devising solution to problems of national/international importance for its clients; and the other is for development of new tools and methods or for adaptation of some new technology or tools for future useful purposes, actually intended for providing better services to its Clients in the long run. The research shall encompass application of water modelling/computational hydraulics and allied sciences in the field of hydrology, hydraulics, sediment transport, river morphology, oceanography, marine science and coastal engineering; and also in the associated laboratory and field measurements along with information technology (IT), social and environmental sciences. The second type of research may be undertaken either entirely by IWM's own resources or by resources drawn from partners and associates through collaboration/sub-contracts/joint ventures.

The first kind of research for devising solution shall generally involve application of numerical modelling technique and associated data collection from primary and secondary sources, field investigation, surveys and measurements, analyses of data and information by classical approach. In doing so, IWM may use available computer software or develop new ones. This kind of research shall be fully paid by the Client with respect to all the costs including basic costs, direct costs, social and overhead costs, and fees.

The second kind of research may be sponsored by IWM itself or be collaborative with other national or international educational and scientific institutions. The fields of research may be more specific; especially the burning water related issues of present and immediate future, nationally and internationally. The topics may be wide ranged: global warming and sea level rise, water quality issues, arsenic contamination, basin water management, urban water management, morphological changes in Bangladeshi rivers, etc. The research would be done for IWM's own development to give its technology a leading edge in the major water related problems, and later help developing innovative tools including decision support systems (DSS) for future useful purposes. Funds for this kind of research may be obtained from IWM's own source or grants and donations from different national and international sources. This kind of research may also be undertaken in collaboration with its partners and associates. The cost charged for this kind of research shall not be intended for earning fees.

Research Projects

Research projects are well-defined projects executed in the same manner in which other clientele projects are managed and quality procedures followed, as stipulated in preceding section or as guided time to time by the Board.

The sponsored research projects are formulated in consultation or as per specifications of Clients and approved by the Clients' procedure. Collaborative research projects that are funded entirely or partially by IWM should generally be approved by the Management Committee. Any collaborative research, funded by IWM in full or part, shall follow the same procedure as for the other type of research.

Other Research & Development Activities

Research and development activities, other than the aforesaid research projects, comprise variety of activities for generating knowledge, which are as follows:

  • Organisation of professional meetings, workshops, conferences and seminars in connection with R&D activities.
  • Participation in professional meetings, workshops, conferences and seminars in connection with R&D activities.
  • Work as resource person in some national and international technical committees, professional groups.
  • Review some study reports/papers of IWM or others.
  • Active support to MSc and PhD dissertation
  • Writing of manuals/books
  • Publications in professional journals
  • Temporary exchange of personnel between IWM and research institutions in Bangladesh and abroad.

These activities may be funded by IWM or by outside. However, these activities will be approved by the Executive Director.

  • Arsenic Management Modelling: A pilot study in Narayanganj-Narshinghdi Area
  • Assessment of Water Quality of the Lakhya River with the Special Reference to the Intake Point of Saidabad Surface Water Treatment Plant
  • Development of a Decision Support System (DSS) for Irrigation Management for the U2 System of the Meghna Dhonagoda Irrigation Project
  • Impact of Landuse Change upon Storm Water Drainage and Wetlands in the Eastern Part of Dhaka City
  • Determination of Hydrogeological Parameters for SW and SE Regions of Bangladesh: Phase-I
  • Development of Analytical Tools for Processing ADCP Data
  • Literature Review for Resource Assessment and Monitoring of Water Supply Sources for Dhaka City
  • Manual on Hydrologic and Hydraulic Design of Roads and Bridges
  • Morphological Assessment of Rivers of Bangladesh
  • Opportunities of Water Saving and Cost Reduction in Irrigated Boro Rice at Farmers Level
  • Study of the Water Ecosystem of the Sundarbans
  • Validation of Decision Support System (DSS) to Support the Annual Command Area Development (CAD) Maintenance for Meghna Dhonagoda Irrigation Project (MDIP)
  • Joint Action Research (JAR) on Saltwater Intrusion in Groundwater in the Coastal Area
  • Collaborative Research on Flood Resilience in Urban Area (CORFU)
  • Assessment of Aquifer Vulnerability in Selected Upazilas of Khulna Region
  • Assessment of Variability of Seepage & Percolation Loss in Irrigated Rice Field
  • Determination of Hydrogeological Parameter for South West and South East Region of Bangladesh: Phase-II
  • Assessment of Effectiveness of Bank Protection Works/ River Training Works Suggested By BWDB through Mathematical Modelling of the Padma River at Naria of Shariatpur District to Combat Bank Erosion
  • Assessment of Suitability of Sediment Predictor of the Major Rivers of Bangladesh (Phase-I)
  • Determination of Hydro-geological Parameter for North Central And North-east Region of Bangladesh: Phase-III
  • Research on Two-Stage Hydro-Meteorological Pre-Monsoon Flash Flood Forecast over North-East Haor Region of Bangladesh
  • Assessment of Drinking Water Resources in the Selected Coastal Polder 29 at Dumuria of Khulna and Polder 40/1 at Patharghata of Barguna in Bangladesh
  • Overview of Available Drought Indices and Assessment of Meteorological & Agricultural Drought in the North-West Region of Bangladesh
  • Assessment of the Potential Impact on Bird and Bat Species due to the Proposed Wind Turbine along the Coast of Bangladesh: A Case Study on Kutubdia of Coxsbazar and Char Fasson of Bhola
  • Evaluation of Natural Biological Water Quality Enhancement at the Intersection of Intake Channel and Ponding Area for Goranchatbari Retention Pond
  • Assessment of Impact on the Ecosystem Due to Change in Hydrological Regime along with Connectivity Loss in Connection with Rejuvenation and Conservation of Waterbodies under Changing Climate: Case Study on Selected Waterbody in the North-East Region of Bangladesh
  • Development of Dry Season Flow Model for the Upper Karatoya-Atrai-Baral River System in North-West Region of Bangladesh
  • An environmentally friendly approach in management of riverbank erosion hazard using combination of vegetation/turfing and permeable spurs for medium and small alluvial rivers.