Workshop on emerging technologies in preventing landslides and flash flood at SAE 2020

On Nov. 18, 2020, a workshop on Emerging Technologies in Preventing Landslides and Flash Flood was held in conjunction with the International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and Environment 2020 (SAE 2020) at Nong Lam University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The workshop was coordinated by Prof. Trung Q. Duong (Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK) and Dr. Nguyen-Son Vo (Duy Tan University), and Prof. Loi Kim Nguyen (Nong Lam University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam).

Fig. 1: Conference Organization Committees
Fig. 2: Group picture at the plenary session
Fig. 3: Attendants at the plenary session

Sustainability in agriculture and environment is one of the major concerns in the society today. The concept itself embraces numerous aspects and problems, ranging from producing safe and sufficient food for all people to protecting human beings from natural disasters in the circumstances of climate change. SAE 2020 was the 3rd conference organized on the purpose of strengthening the collaboration among Nong Lam University, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; Agency for Southern Affairs of Ministry of Science and Technology; The Youth Scientific and Technological Promotion Center.  The Conference, addressing the National Sustainable Development Goals, provides an excellent forum for scientists, researchers, experts, entrepreneurs and graduate students around the world to meet and exchange valuable information and build up the network for future collaboration in context of climate change.

Fig. 4: Prof. Trung Q. Duong giving online talk

In the plenary session, Prof. Trung Q. Duong given a talk about Smart Resilience Platform for Vietnam – Supporting Communities threatened by Climate Risks. The talk introduced an emerging applications and technologies of big data, IoT, B5G networks, and AI with a focus on how these themes can be diffused into the management of disasters such as landslides and flash floods, which are the critical issues affecting social-economic development and well-being in Vietnam mountainous provinces.

Fig. 5: Presenters at the workshop
Fig. 6: Attendants and discussions at the workshop

In addition, the workshop further provided more detailed solutions for preventing landslides and flash flood, i.e., Mud-rock Flowing Early and Real-time Warning System for Mountainous Areas of Vietnam (by Dr. Nguyen Quoc Dinh, Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources), D2D Communications Assisted Disaster Impact Reduction (by Dr. Nguyen-Son Vo, Duy Tan University), Method of Calculation of Extreme Climate Indicators for Climate Change Impact Assessment (Assoc. Prof. Dao Nguyen Khoi, University of Science, VNU-HCM); Solutions for a Monitoring and Warning System Applied to Disaster Management (by Dr. Nguyen Dinh Long, Dong Nai University), and Overall and Partial Trend Identification of High Resolution Gridded Rainfall Data over Vietnam by Applying Innovative-Sen Trend Analysis (by Phan Thi Ha, Nong Lam University). There were more than 30 participants attending the workshop to contribute a successful event. We hope that the workshop can provide a good opportunity for the future collaboration researches become more practical and feasible.

This workshop is supported by a Department for the Economy (DfE) – Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) for a project entitled “Big Data at the Heart of Preventing Landslides and Flash Floods in the Vietnam Mountainous Region”.

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