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Gaps in the Accounting of Stakeholder Integrations in HydroGIS Tools to Face the Challenge of Sustainable Urban Flood Management

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R. M. M. Pradeep ,

Kotelawala Defence University, Kandawala Road, Rathmalana, LK
About R. M. M.

Senior Lecturer (G II), Faculty of Computing

B.Sc. (Hons) in MIS [NU1], MSc (Civil) in UoM

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N. T. S. Wijesekera

Ministry of Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Facilities, "Savsiripaya", 123, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 07, LK
About N. T. S.

Chartered Civil Engineer, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Construction Industry Development Authority

FIE (SL), B.Sc. Eng. Hons. (Sri Lanka), PG.Dip (Moratuwa), M.Eng. (Tokyo), D.Eng. (Tokyo), MICE (UK)

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Abstract

The maturity of science had resulted in sophisticated urban flood management hydro- GIS tools. However, persistent and increasing floods show that, thus far, no sustainable solution has been identified. A closer look reveals a shortfall in incorporating stakeholder requirements into these tools and how this should be done.

 

The objective of the present work is to evaluate the gaps in the integration of stakeholder requirements in HydroGIS tools for urban flood management and make necessary recommendations.

 

Expert discussion and systematic literature surveys were performed to capture the components and integration of activities in the ongoing decision-making systems using HydroGIS tools. A literature weighting scheme was developed to quantitatively assess the current level of stakeholder involvement and the associated gaps which demand urgent attention.

 

Development of the associated system revealed the main system components that need consideration as decision-makers, recipients, hydro, GIS, and HydroGIS models. The weights obtained indicated that the integration of hydro and GIS with the HydroGIS model deserve top priority.

 

The concerns of the HydroGIS model component are, therefore, vital for sustainable urban flood management as the component focally facilitates the optimisation of scientific and management concerns in decision making.
How to Cite: Pradeep, R.M.M. and Wijesekera, N.T.S., 2021. Gaps in the Accounting of Stakeholder Integrations in HydroGIS Tools to Face the Challenge of Sustainable Urban Flood Management. Engineer: Journal of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, 54(1), pp.01–14. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/engineer.v54i1.7379
Published on 19 May 2021.
Peer Reviewed

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