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Groundwater measurements ongoing: Video

Since December 2015, the Bangalore Urban Metabolism Project has been measuring groundwater depths in 150 locations in Bangalore, every month. This video shows one such measurement, near Avenue Road, made by Giriraj and Sanjeeva, from the Indian Institute of Science.

Although each measurement takes only a few minutes, traveling through Bangalore traffic takes hours. On October 24th, 2016, I joined P Giriraj and Sanjeeva Murthy for a day in which we measured groundwater depth at 15 locations in different parts of Bangalore. Just 15 measurements on a day took 8 hours, thanks to traffic!

Video captured by Dr. Vishal Mehta, Stockholm Environment Institute.

Bengaluru’s water insecurity is manifested in the diversity of its household water supply portfolio

Households manage their present and future financial needs using portfolios, with diversification being a key tool used to balance risks and returns. Indian households manage their water in a very analogous way to how they manage their financial and other assets. Households cope with the essential water insecurity imposed by inadequate public water supply, by investing in a diversity of water supply and demand management options. Understanding this complex household level water supply and demand balance in Indian cityscapes is essential for at least four compelling reasons: Continue reading

Why all (Urban) Hydrology is Social Hydrology? Evidence from Bengaluru, India

Location: University of Chicago, Delhi campus
Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Authors: Deepak Malghan, Vishal Mehta, A. Nehra, R. Goswami, E. Kemp-Benedict, S. Muddu, C. Mathur, B. Thomas, V. Srinivasan, D. Wong, M. Gautam, V.Vivek, D. Sharma
Presenter: Dr. Deepak Malghan

Dr. Deepak Malghan was invited to present at the U. Chicago – Delhi campus EPIC India seminar series.

This presentation covered many aspects of the research team’s work, from water demand surveys to groundwater sampling and modeling, to initial results from the survey.

Can technology make urban social hydrology legible? Water wisdom, citizen science, and democratic deliberation

Location: Hotel Taj West End, Bangalore
Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Authors: Deepak Malghan and Vishal Mehta
Presenter: Dr. Deepak Malghan

Dr. Deepak Malghan was an invited speaker at the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Annual Water Conference titled

“Indusry-Government-Community Partnerships for Sustainable Water Management”

Understanding Bangalore as a Coupled Social-Ecological System: The Water-Energy Nexus

Location: ATREE campus, Bangalore
Date: Monday, November 9, 2015
Authors: Vishal Mehta, Deepak Malghan, and Muddu Sekhar
Presenter: Dr. Vishal Mehta

At the invitation of ATREE, Dr. Mehta presented the coupled social hydrology of Bangalore as part of ATREE’s ongoing monthly seminar event. The event served as a dialogue for researchers working on Bangalore’s water crisis from different perspectives.

Cities Alliance supports BUMP

In May 2015, the Cities Alliance Catalytic Fund supported BUMP, through a competetive grant-making process. The focus of this two year support will be on delivering results from the household water survey. The major new activity will be on measuring groundwater levels in 150-200 locations in Bangalore on a monthly basis. This will build the evidence base on static groundwater levels in the city, which in turn will inform groundwater models that we will build.

The support from Cities Alliance is gratefully acknowledged.

Urban metabolism in Bangalore and Bangkok: findings and future directions

Location: Wipro campus, Bangalore
Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014
Authors: Vishal K. Mehta
Presenter: Vishal K. Mehta

At the invitation of Wipro staff, Dr. Mehta presented a comparison of the water metabolism of Bangalore and Bangkok, with a focus on groundwater policy development in Bangkok and what Bangalore could learn from the same.

Urban metabolism in Bangalore and Bangkok: findings and future directions

Urban metabolism in Bangalore and Bangkok: findings and future directions

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Date: Monday, January 27, 2014

At the 2014 SEI science forum, held in Stockholm Sweden, SEI researchers from the US and Asia centres presented the preliminary findings of a comparison of urban metabolism in Bangalore, India, and Bangkok, Thailand.

The goals of this comparative work are to compare these two big Asian cities using the metabolic framework, in order to bring about a cross-fertilization of policy ideas.