Dr. Richard Sliuzas, an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Management, University of Twente The Netherlands, gave an enlightening talk at the JPBW Monthly Seminar on 26th September 2016.
Associate Professor Dr. Richard Sliuzas graduated from University of South Australia (formerly SAIT) in 1979. He completed a Post-graduate Diploma and MSc in Urban Survey and Human Settlements Analysis at the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) in 1980 and 1988 respectively. In 2004 he obtained a PhD from the Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Utrecht University. Dr. Richard’s professional career began in Adelaide, Australia where he worked as town planner at town planning firm and at local government body from 1981-1983 and later joined ITC in December 1983. He has been involved in numerous projects abroad and since 1995 has been professionally active in China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Vietnam.
The talk on the 26th of September highlighted his work on integrated flood risk assessment in Kampala, Uganda, a project undertaken under the UN-Habitat Cities and Climate Change Initiative from 2012 – 2013. He was the team leader for the project. Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda is expected to experience even more frequent local flash floods, a result of the rapid growth and urbanisation. He also spoke at length on a detailed flood risk assessment which was developed with a dynamic modeling tool (LISEM) for the upper Lubigi catchment area with specific attention to the situation in Bwaise, one of Kampala’s best known flooding hotspots. The talk held at the Convention Hall, FAB, was attended by students and academic staff of JPBW and ended at 11.00 am.