On Nov. 25, 2020, a workshop on preventing landslides and flash floods was held at Thuyloi University (NLU), Hanoi, Vietnam. The workshop has received a strong attention from many government agencies, training centers, NGOs, industry and other civil society organisations, authorities in the Central regions of Vietnam seriously affected by the landslides and flash floods, and institutions/universities such as VNU University of Science, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Vietnam Academy for Water Resources, Institute of Water Resources Planning, Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Duy Tan University, and Dong Nai University. Importantly, the workshop welcomed the online participation of the Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control and Search and Rescue from Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue provinces.
In the opening remark, despite the impact of the Covid 19 epidemic, the workshop on preventing landslides and flash floods has used technologies to take place at the right time”, said Mrs. Hoang Van Anh, Director Education and Society, British Council, Vietnam. According to Mrs. Hoang, in the context of unpredictable rain, storm, flood, landslides causing extreme damage to people and property, taking place in many central provinces of Vietnam, the workshop organized by TLU is an opportunity for scientists and experts to exchange, discuss, analyse the causes and propose solutions to minimize damages caused by landslides and floods.
The workshop takes place between domestic and international scientists, the experts, and managers, aiming to exchange and discuss from which to propose both sort-term and long-term solutions so as to reduce risks caused by natural disasters, said Prof. Dr. Trinh Minh Thu, Rector of TLU. He further expressed that the sharing and discussion of experts and scientists at the workshop will contribute to promoting scientific research in prevention and mitigation of natural disaster in general as well as flash floods and landslides in particular, not only in Vietnam but also in the world.
Reported by the Standing Office of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, from the beginning of the year, natural disasters have progressed complicatedly and abnormally in many regions of Vietnam with 16 types of natural disasters, i.e., 09 storms in the East Sea; 263 thunderstorms, tornadoes, heavy rains, over 49 provinces/cities; 15 flash floods, landslides; 72 heavy rains with flooding; especially the historic heavy rain and flood that happened in the Central regions; and 79 earthquakes.
At the workshop, 9 talks were given covering the research themes in 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 natural disasters including Emerging Technologies to Support Communities Threatened by Landslide and Flashflood (by Prof. Trung Q. Duong, Queen’s Uni. Belfast, UK); Geospatial Technology and Mathematical Model to Simulate and Forecast Flash Floods and Landslides (by Prof. Bui Tien Dieu, University of Southeast, Norway); Mitigation of Landslides and Flash Flood (by Prof. Akihiko Wakai, Gunma University, Japan); The Effects of Nhat Le Estuary on the Flood Drainage Capacity of Kien Giang River During the Extreme Floods (by Assoc. Prof. Tran Thanh Tung, Thuyloi University, Vietnam); The Causes of Inundation in Huong River Basin, Thua Thien-Hue(by Assoc. Prof. Nghiem Tien Lam, Thuyloi University, Vietnam); Monitoring and Forecasting the Risk of Sliding Slope in Quang Nam Province (by Assoc. Prof. Do Minh Duc, University of Science, VNU, Ha Noi); Building a Landslide Risk Map based on High Resolution of Heavy Rains with Topographic, Geomorphology, and Engineering Geology Conditions for Thao River Basin – Vietnam (by Dr. Tran The Viet, Thuyloi University, Vietnam and Dr. Trinh Quang Toan, University of California, Davis, CA); The Problems of Landslides in Quang Binh and Quang Tri Provinces (by Assoc. Prof. Hoang Viet Hung, Thuyloi University, Vietnam); and River Embankment Break Mechanism in Marumori City Caused by the tropical storm Hagibis 2019 (by Prof. Hitoshi Tanaka and Dr. Nguyen Xuan Tinh, Tohoku University, Japan).
The workshop on preventing landslides and flash floods is an opportunity for scientists, experts, and managers from many fields and representatives of relevant ministries and agencies to share their initiatives, research results that can support the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control have more effective solutions for better management of natural disaster, and thus reduce the casualties and the property of the whole society.
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” and by a Research Environment Links grant, ID 527612186, under the Newton Programme Vietnam partnership, the grant is funded by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and delivered by the British Council, for a project entitled “Towards Risk Reduction and Resilience to Coastal Hazards: A Big Data Analytics Approach”.