Securing adequate water supplies to meet the needs of ever‐growing coastal populations is a major challenge faced by water authorities across the world. Improved coastal reservoir design harnesses flood water from sea, without the need for desalination.


Shuqing Yang

University of Wollongong

Shuqing Yang is the associate Professor at School of Civil, Mining and Environment and Engineering, University of Wollongong and director of Coastal Reservoir Research Centre at the University of Woll... Read more

Muttucumaru Sivakumar

University of Wollongong

Associate Professor Muttucumaru Sivakumar areas of expertise include water quality and water resources  engineering; Pollutant export from urban catchments; Water and wastewater treatment; ... Read more

Research undertaken at the University of Wollongong (UOW) over the past decade or so, has led to the development of a novel solution approach that shift the focus of the world’s water problem from “water shortage” to “water storage”. This solution approach involves an improved coastal reservoir (CR) design that harnesses flood water from sea, at a fraction of the cost of the desalination technologies currently being used.

This improved design also addresses most of the limitations associated with the previous generation of CRs that have been adopted in several countries; for example, the Marina Barrage in Singapore, Plover Cove in Hong Kong and Sihwa Lake in South Korea.

Building on its pioneering work in this area and its reputation for ground‐breaking research, UOW has taken a crucial step to expedite the development of CRs by setting up the world’s first‐of‐its kind Centre for Coastal Reservoir Research (CCRR). Through this ambitious initiative, UOW has been able to assemble a strong multidisciplinary research team with vast experience and reputation in all requisite areas, including: geotechnical and structural engineering; water quality and environmental engineering; systems engineering and risk analysis; and modelling and simulation. This has also meant that CCRR is now in a position to contribute to any future CR development efforts with the following capabilities.

This Webinar is a precursor for the International Workshop on Coastal Reservoirs at University of Wollongong Wed 24th – Thurs 25th Jan 2018.

Coastal Reservoir technology may provide sufficient, high-quality and affordable water to the world with minimum environmental/social impacts.


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