Tehran’s drastic sinking exposed by satellite data Now, detailed satellite images reveal the extent of the problem, including that some parts of the Iranian capital are falling by as much as 25 centimetres a year, and that the collapse is spreading to encompass the city’s international airport . Geoscientists Mahdi Motagh and Mahmud Haghshenas Haghighi, both at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, used satellite data to monitor subsidence across the Tehran region between 2003 and 2017. Previous work had shown that Tehran is sinking and had linked the sinkage to [...]
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Publication: “Development of a Multivariate Standardized Index (Rainfall-Runoff) For Drought Frequency Analysis” Abstract: Drought is one of the catastrophic events which has always imposed a huge socio-economic damage. Pro-active approaches such as drought risk management, drought risk mapping and monitoring have a high priority compare to reactive approaches and crisis management in order to minimize drought damages. In this paper, a standardized multivariate drought index (MSDI) using rainfall-runoff data (1972-2010) has been developed based on the concept of Copula for Rasht Basin in Guilan Province in the north of Iran next to Caspian Sea as well as Lake Urmia [...]
Publication: “Toward Blue-Green Plan in Taleghan City" Date: September, 2018 Abstract: Urban planning is a process, concerned with determining different urban mechanisms and land use, considering widespread aspects of cities and human settlements, including components like infrastructure, environment, water, and air. Unfortunately, water as one of the most vital aspects of urban planning, has not directly been considered in Iran cities’ comprehensive master plan. Therefore a lack of “Water Comprehensive Master Plan” is of obvious. For example, water in Tehran’s Comprehensive Master Plan (2007) has been mentioned only by green zones, indicating greeneries and water resources like urban rivers/ waterways, [...]
First Iran's Category II Centres Meeting The first brain-storming and review session of Category II Centres under the auspices of UNESCO has been held on 17th of October 2018 which was chaired by Dr. Ali Chavoshian, head of Science Department of Iran National Commission for UNESCO and organizer of these centres, in NAT.COM conference hall. I.R. Iran hosts 8 regional and international centres under the auspices of UNESCO, each of which has a unique participation in developing different UNESCO goals: Regional Centre on Urban Water Management, RCUWM-Tehran International Center on Qanats and Historic Hydraulic Structures, [...]
Activities included: Delivering a presentation on applying the Blue Green concept in urban development in Water and City Conference, Yazd Preparing a general Terms of Reference for applying Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) to urban development (retrofitted or new) Contributing to interview questions for Taleghan City on fringe rights and usage, environmental and water quality issues Writing the introduction of the UNESCO book Advances in urban water management in arid and semi-arid regions, which summarises chapters on water management submitted by academics from around the world. Provided feedback and comments on each chapter Preparing a presentation [...]
5 transformational policies for a prosperous and sustainable world In a talk about how we can build a robust future without wrecking the planet, sustainability expert Johan Rockström debuts the Earth3 model -- a new methodology that combines the UN Sustainable Development Goals with the nine planetary boundaries, beyond which earth's vital systems could become unstable. Learn more about five transformational policies that could help us achieve inclusive and prosperous world development while keeping the earth stable and resilient. This talk was presented at “We the Future,” a special event in partnership with the Skoll Foundation [...]
The series of expert meetings of Ministry of Energy’s Water Research Institute First meeting: Water-based drinking water Panel members: Dr. Mohammad Mojabi - Chairman of the Environment Committee of the Expediency Council Dr Farzampour Asghar Sangachin - Head of Department of Environment at the National Planning and Budget Organization Dr. Sedigheh Torabi - Director General of the Department of Energy's Water and Water Planning Office Dr Hamid Reza Janbaz - Deputy Advisor for Water and Soil Ministry of Agriculture Jihad Dr. Barat Ghobadian - Deputy Minister of Education and Research of Ministry of Industry, Mining and Trade [...]
Director of the National Commission for UNESCO's Natural Sciences, was appointed With the decree of the Secretary-General of the UNESCO-Iran Commission and in line with the prospect of development, expansion and realization of the goals of the commission, and in view of the importance of promoting public awareness on the maintenance and preservation of national resources, attention to environmental and natural resources and the importance of protecting Iranian natural resources , Dr. Seyed Ali Chavashian, was appointed director of the Department of Natural Science of the National Commission for UNESCO-Iran. It is worth mentioning that Chavashian holds a PhD in [...]
International Conference on Water and City is going to be held on 3-6 September in Yazd, Iran. The main themes of the Conference will be on: HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS AND THE IRANIAN CIVILIZATION INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES IN HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS LEARNING FROM HISTORY: HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS AND URBAN CIVILIZATION WATER ENGINEERING & ARCHITECTURE IN LAND PLANNING AND URBAN DESIGN PROJECTS HERITAGE AND INNOVATION: INTEGRATING HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS AND URBAN STRUCTURES TODAY RCUWM-Tehran is actively participating in this workshop, presenting 2 papers on “River Restoration” and “Blue-Green Plan”.