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.
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 →
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.
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.
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.
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
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.