PSU's Institute for Asian Studies presents -
a LECTURE: "Will South Korea have enough water in the future?"
by PSU Geography Professor HeeJun Chang and Visiting Scholar Il-Won Jung
DATE: February 16, 2011
LOCATION: PSU, Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU), room 327
(on SW Broadway between Montgomary & Hall Streets)
This talk focuses on possible future changes in Korean water resources and how the Korean water resource system can be adapted to changing climate.
South Korea is a water stress nation in terms of per capita available water classified by the United Nations. More than 70% of annual precipitation is concentrated during the wet season (June to September). Moreover, rainfall rapidly flows into the river and the ocean rather than storing in the groundwater reservoir because of steep slope and shallow aquifer. These hydrologic regimes cause a periodic shortage in water supply during the dry season and flood damage during the wet season. Korean water managers are confronting multiple challenges to ensure the sufficient supply of water and to maintain good water quality in the light of both increasing water demands and uncertainties associated with climate variability and change.
This program is part of Portland State's ongoing Quarterly Korea Program Series, coordinated by the Institute for Asian Studies and is made possible by the PSU Korean Studies Program Endowment established by the late Portland-area, Korean-American businessman, Mr. Jay Lee, with continued support from individuals, families, and corporations in our local community.
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