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Department of Geography


Effect of Climate and Land Use Change on River Hydrology of Thailand

This project is a British Council (Bangkok) Higher Education LINK Scheme project with partners from Southampton, Lancaster and Cambridge Universities (UK), and the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) and Kasetsart University (Thailand).

The purposes of the project are two-fold. The first is to improve understanding of rainfall-runoff processes in Thailand, and to discover how these may have been modified by climatic and land-use change since the late 19th Century. The second is to promote international collaboration such that innovative methods and skills can be applied to develop sustainable use of Thailand’s water resources. Staff visits and exchanges are a key component of the LINK and several such visits have been made in both directions. Raising the international profile of women in science is a key goal within the LINK. To this end the UK LINK coordinator is Ms. Renee Kidson, whilst Ms. Supinda Pa-Obsaeng and Ms. Kanokporn Boochabun, female staff of the RID, have visited the UK for training in the application of statistical methods.

Research in Cambridge involves two Ph.D. projects supervised by Keith Richards, those of Ms Renee Kidson and Ms Han She Lim. Details of these projects can be found using the relevant links below. The Southampton project details are at the website given above.

The projects

Renée Kidson Palaeoflood Hydrology in the Sub-humid Tropics: the Mae Chaem Catchment, Thailand
Han She Lim Scale variation in the controls of runoff response in northern Thailand catchments
Southampton Effect of Climate and Land Use Change on River Hydrology of Thailand, Revealed Using Statistical Analysis of Meteorological and River-Discharge Time-series Data