The First Asia-Pacific Coastal Aquifer Management Meeting: 

Mapping for Synergy in the Twenty-first Century

9-11 December 2009

Bangkok, Thailand



Large portion of world population inhabits area near coastline, and puts significant stress on surface and ground water resources. In addition, sea level rise due to climate change is expected to adversely impact coastal water resources, in particular, ground water resources. A UN report predicted that nearly 45% of world population were at risk due to sea level rise. In other part of the globe, ground water in coastal areas have received due attention from various sectors of the society including scientific communities. However, in Asia and the Pacific, scientists, engineers and managers who are concerned with coastal ground water have not had opportunities for a specialized forum. To this end, a group of water experts, from academia, governments and international organizations with a common interest in the management of coastal aquifers for socio-economic development, has cooperated to initiate the Asia-Pacific Coastal Aquifer Management Meeting (APCAMM). The first APCAMM is to be held in Bangkok in early December 2009. The Second APCAMM is expected to be held in 2011.


The purpose of the First APCAMM is to provide a forum for scientists, engineers, water resource managers, and planners to share their research, ideas, and recommendations on priority issues of the region.  This meeting is expected to provide a good opportunity to meet well-known and respected scientists and engineers in the field of salt water intrusion in the region as well as to identify future opportunities for collaboration in coastal aquifer management for sustainable socio-economic development. 



Topics of the 1st Meeting would include, but not limited to:

  • Potentials and management of groundwater in coastal cities and coastal aquifers
  • Impacts of increased water demand on coastal water resources and ecosystems 
  • Advance in groundwater modeling
  • Effects of sea level rise and climate change
  • Case studies of saltwater intrusion and eco-efficient management of groundwater resources of coastal cities
  • Priority issues in coastal aquifer management in the twenty-first century, including salt water intrusion
  • Submarine groundwater discharge
  • Tidal dynamics of coastal aquifers
  • Geochemistry of coastal aquifer systems


Organization of the First APCAMM

The Founding Core Group of APCAMM, under the chairmanship of Prof. Namsik Park, will act as the Scientific Committee, which will call for submission of papers and select oral presentations for the First APCAMM from submitted papers based on relationship to conference topics. 

The Local Organizing Committee is expected to be jointly provided by the Water Security Section of the Environment and Development Division of ESCAP, Thailand Water Resources Association and the Department of Groundwater of Royal Thai Government in cooperation with the Regional Water and Wetlands Programme in Asia of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), the Regional Office of FAO for Asia-Pacific, Asian Institute of Technology and the Chulalongkorn University.

International Scientific Committee

Most members of the founding group are serving in the International Scientific Committee.

  • Namsik PARK, Dong-A University, Korea (Chairman)
  • Ahmad Zaharin ARIS, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Weixing GUO, Schlumberger Water Services, USA
  • Timothy Yoon-Seok HONG, Wairakei Research Centre, New Zealand
  • Jiu Jimmy JIAO, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong
  • Kenji JINNO, Kyushu University, Japan
  • Quy Nhan PHAM, Hanoi University of Mining and Geology, Vietnam
  • Ranjana PIYADASA, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Mohamad Pauzi ZAKARIA, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Adrian WERNER, Flinders University, Australia
  • Jichun WU, Nanjing University, China



Local Organizing and Advisory Committee

Dr. Ti Le-Huu leads the crucial local efforts for the first Meeting. Local members are:
  • Ti LE-HUU, Chief, Water Security Section, Environment and Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Chairman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +662-2881450)
  • Apichart ANUKULARMPHAI, President, Thailand Water Resources Association
  • Director General, Department of Groundwater, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Royal Thai Government
  • Ganesh PANGARE, Coordinator, Regional Water and Wetlands Program, Asia, IUCN – The World Conservation Union 
  • Thierry FACON, Head of Water and Natural Resources Group, Regional Office of FAO for Asia and the Pacific 
  • Ashim Das GUPTA, former Professor of Water Resources, Asian Institute of Technology



The Venue & Accomodation

Novotel Lotus Hotel, 1 Soi Daengudom, Sukhumvit 33, Bangkok

Field Trip


  • Dec. 8th, 2009
  • Fee: US$ 50
  • Registration and payment by Nov. 20th


Submission of Abstract : Oct. 31, 2009 
Author Notification of Abstract Acceptance: Nov. 5, 2009 

Send one-page abstract using the style file to Professor Namsik Park (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +82-51-200-7629).

Registration fee

Before Nov. 15, 2009: US$50

After Nov. 16, 2009: US$100. 

Organized by

Dr.  Ti LeHuu, UNESCAP (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +662-2881450)

The Water Security Section of the Environment and Development Division of ESCAP,