An Integrated Socio-EcoHydrological Framework to Assess and Evaluate Urban Water Security - A Geoinformatics based Urban Water Security Assessment Approach for Kolkata, India


Institut für Geographische Wissenschaften

Fachrichtung Physische Geographie


Projekt coordination:
Dr. Trude Sundberg (Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Kent Q-Step Centre School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, UK)
Prof. Dr. A. Kansal (Dean, Research and Relationships; Head & Professor, Regional Water Studies, TERI University, India) (
Dr. B. Bhatta (Senior Lecturer, Jadavpur University, India) (
Dr. L. N. Satpati (Professor, Geography; Director, UGC Resource Development, University of Calcutta, India) (
Dr. S. Pal (Scientist, NEERI, India) (

Contact Person:

Subham Mukherjee


(+49 30) 838 - 70 437



Decision making, governance and socio-economic factors play important roles along with environmental factors in achieving Urban Water Security. It is essential in urban planning to manage its water infrastructures as well as strengthen the city’s disaster resilience and adaptive capacities. The core of the project is a PhD research, which proposes to examine an innovative geospatial based socio-ecohydrological framework in this way we intend to integrate different socio-environmental factors in studies that combine bio-physical and social dimensions of the urban water security and governance. The concept of multi-criteria model calibration and validation using satellite data is the core of this pre assessment system. Kolkata, which is facing critical water issues in water management, is used as a case study; the GIS based quantitative index will be applied to increase understanding of water management and processes such as water consumption and distribution. The objective of the project is to test whether the proposed GIS environment may be effectively applied to environments where urban growth and resultant shrinking water resources have created complicated and fragile systems.