Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Dr.

Contact First Name: Ahmed

Contact Surname: Nasr

Contact Address:

School of Civil & Structural Engineering, COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & BUILT ENVIRONMENT, Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street, Dublin 1.

Telephone Contact Number: 01 402 3933

Fax Contact Number: 01 402 3720

Email Address: ahmed.nasr@dit.ie

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: Dublin Institute of Technology

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate:

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: www.dit.ie

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
The main themes of my research include Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Flood Risk Management, Water Quality Management, Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS), and Environmental Impacts of Climate Change. With particular emphasis on the broader aspects of research, I progressively aim to extend my research network in order to conduct collaborative interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary studies linked to the above-mentioned themes. This is in combination with my continuous quest to explore and utilise the advancements in technology to achieve my research goals. The inception of my research career has started as a graduate researcher in the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia in a project that aimed to address water stresses in the domestic and agriculture sectors. To achieve the project’s objective, I conducted a literature review on the viable options for water saving devices and applied the finite-element computational fluid dynamic modelling package, FLUENT, to simulate the hydraulic performance of selected water saving devices. Thereafter I embarked on a PhD study at University College Dublin (UCD) funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Ireland as part of a large scale project to address the increased eutrophication in Irish rivers due to anthropogenic pressures. Working in a project that explored the negative impacts of human activities on ecosystems and human health has greatly enhanced my awareness in relation to environmental protection issues and the governing EU legalisations. The PhD study was a leading study in applying a mathematical modelling approach to the simulation of non- point (or diffuse) phosphorus loading from agricultural catchments to surface waters. Following the completion of my PhD studies, I have secured funding for two consecutive post-doctoral projects under the EPA Water Research Programme which has a strong focus on environmental policies driven by national regulations and European Directives. In the first project I developed an innovative model based on the Adaptive Neuro Fuzzy Inference System (ANFIS) to simulate the transport process of diffuse phosphorus loading from catchments into rivers in support of the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive. This study produced a national export phosphorous model which represents an efficient and simplistic predictive tool for estimating phosphorous loads from ungauged catchments. The second project was funded under the “Protecting our water resources” call devoted to the study of the low flow regime in Irish rivers and its response to the predicted climate change. In this study various statistical techniques of trend analysis and time series predictions were employed in order to produce improved estimates of low flow indices in Irish rivers for use in water quantity and quality management. Recently, I have been awarded a third grant from the EPA funded under the “Improve our Knowledge on the State of Water Resources and Pressures” call to conduct a desk study to investigate the hydrological behaviour of small catchments in Ireland. The research outputs of this ongoing project are expected to significantly contribute to the development of a sustainable management plan for drinking water abstractions as well as the assessment of environmental flows necessary to sustain and protect the aquatic ecosystems in rivers. As part of my role in leading the research project, I am also responsible for managing its administration aspects and financial transactions such as recruitment of post-doctoral researcher, procurement of project consumables, and organising workshop for the project stakeholders. Also I have been awarded a grant from the DIT for a PhD study which aims to develop an integrated urban water resources model for the city of Dublin. The newly developed model will simulate the interrelationships between domestic water demands, water supply, household wastewater generation, wastewater recycling, surface runoff, groundwater recharge, stormwater, and water quality in receiving waters. In addition the model will also include additional components to represent relevant environmental, energy, and economic variables.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Flood Risk Management, Water Quality Management, Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS), and Environmental Impacts of Climate Chang

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 EPA Water Research Pillar
 Climate Change Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups


EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

No information specified

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified

Water


Interests indicated in the Water Joint Programming Initiative

 Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability

 Closing the water cycle gap

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Experience of participation in expert groups in this area

Any relevant information in relation to Participation in WssTP or other relevant experts groups

Involvement in EU-funded research projects

Other areas of expertise:


Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Developing integrated approaches for the sustainable management of water-related challenges

Focus Areas

 Smart cities and communities

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.


Relevant EU Research Experience

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Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.


LIFE and COST Actions





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Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency


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