Water covers 70% of our planet. However, only 3% of the world’s water is fresh water and two-thirds of that is unavailable for our use. Unfortunately, the water quality degradation across the world in the recent day becomes the most serious water problem. In a meanwhile, the fresh water demands of the world’s growing population is also a major concern of water resource sustainability. Both water scarcity and water security represent the major challenges in securing enough water with good quality to meet human, environmental, social and economic needs to support the community sustainable development.
Owing to the global warming, rivers, lakes, and aquifers are drying up or becoming too polluted to use. The climate change is also altering patterns of weather across the world, causing shortages, droughts, and floods in many areas. Thailand, the center of the Southeastern region of Asia, is also facing the serious water situation. Untreated domestic sewage, industrial wastewater, and solid hazardous wastes have increased in the surface water bodies and caused the adverse impact to the human health. Drought from irregular rainfall becomes a significant issue in Thailand in the recent years. The changing climate patterns also lead to instability and challenges to the Thai people. The challenges in handling the situation of water security and scarcity call for the innovative and frontier water technology to protect the worlds’ fresh water and environment, to reduce the impacts on human, and to develop the eco-community sustainability.
This 4-day conference focuses on the research articles especially the innovation and frontier technology to handle the water problems for both water security and scarcity. The diffuse pollutions and the climate change causing the water poor quality are the main concerns for this meeting. The water quality problems as well as abatement and prevention practices, and the measures to bring such practices into routine use for effective management of water quality are also welcome. Besides the scientific and engineering research presentation and discussion, this event provides 3-workshops under the theme “Frontier Technology in Water Crisis Situation”, included “Solar Technology for Water Purification”, “Constructed Wetlands and Reed Bed for Low Carbon Society”, and “Non-point Source Modeling: Pesticides Accumulation and Leaching Risk” from well-known scientists; Germany, Spain, Austria, and Taiwan. The special exhibition “Water: Art meets Science for Our Planet” is also open to the public to raise awareness the importance of water and to secure the fresh water of our planet Earth.
This conference is useful and interesting for research scientists, water utility and environment agency managers and scientists, inter-governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations.