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Thuy Nguyen, PhD Researcher (UNU-FLORES and TU Dresden)
Water quality monitoring (WQM) is crucial for managing and protecting riverine ecosystems. There has been a plethora of methods to select the monitoring sites, water quality parameters (WQPs), and monitoring frequencies; however, no standard method or strategy has been accepted for the river systems. Water managers have faced difficulties for adopting appropriate WQM network design methods in relation to local boundary conditions, monitoring objectives, monitoring costs, and legal regulations. With the elevated cost and time consumption of monitoring, approaches to evaluate and redesign the monitoring networks based on monitoring goal achievements are crucial for water managers.
In her dissertation project “Optimisation of water quality monitoring network design considering compliance criterion and trade-offs between monitoring information and costs”, Thuy Nguyen develops and employs a reliable yet straightforward approach to optimise and quantify the effectiveness of the WQM network in rivers. The study area is the Freiberger Mulde river basin in eastern Germany. Her work contributes to the implementation of SDG 6.3, which can support water managers towards a better understanding and designing of water quality monitoring.
In fulfilment of the requirements of the Joint PhD Programme in Integrated Management of Water, Soil, and Waste of UNU-FLORES and Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), Thuy Hoang Nguyen will be defending her thesis entitled “Optimisation of water quality monitoring network design considering compliance criterion and trade-offs between monitoring information and costs”.
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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