Mahesh Jampani, PhD researcher (UNU-FLORES and TU Dresden)
Many agricultural landscapes in South Asia are irrigated with wastewater, particularly in urban and peri-urban areas. Farmers in these areas continuously depend on the wastewater released from nearby urban centres. While providing opportunities with respect to water and nutrient supply, irrigating with wastewater has adverse environmental impacts, particularly on the local aquifer systems. Therefore, addressing the influence of wastewater irrigation on local aquifer systems is crucial for sustainable groundwater management.
In his dissertation project, Mahesh Jampani aims at understanding the aquifer heterogeneity, groundwater dynamics and contaminant fate, and transport in the long-term wastewater irrigation systems. In his journal publication, he quantified the linkages between contaminants, agricultural use, and environmental variables, particularly those characterising groundwater quality.
By identifying efficient scenarios for wastewater irrigation management in his dissertation, the project results will support sustainable agriculture and groundwater development as an example of applying a Nexus Approach towards the management of water, soil, and waste(water) resources in peri-urban areas.
In fulfilling the requirements of the Joint PhD Programme in Integrated Management of Water, Soil, and Waste of UNU-FLORES and Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), Mahesh Jampani will be defending his thesis entitled “Integrated Evaluation of Wastewater Irrigation for Sustainable Agriculture and Groundwater Development”.
The Joint PhD programme of UNU-FLORES and TU Dresden, launched in 2015, is embedded within UNU-FLORES’s nexus-oriented research agenda and the corresponding research interests at TU Dresden. The established PhD research projects, co-supervised by researchers from UNU-FLORES and TU Dresden, are designed to reflect nexus thinking on particular problems of environmental resources management focusing on water, soil, and waste. The programme is the first international PhD programme addressing integrated resource management in a truly holistic way.
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