Research Dissemination

The Chief Guest and Other Guests at the First UMCSAWM Water Conference demonstrating research and projects from PG program intakes


Proceedings with Full Publications is available for download



The first water conference of the UMCSAWM was held on the 19th January 2017. This first conference demonstrated the strength of postgraduates produced by the UMCSAWM supported Master’s Degree programme. The proceeding with 19 complete research papers demonstrate the transformation of some of the individuals who successfully completed the sustainable water resources engineering and management.  Publication exhibited the capability of UMCSAWM graduates to provide solutions for water resources engineering and management problems even under data scarce situations.  Papers presented also highlighted the application of sustainable water management principles with state of the art modelling tools to ensure water and food security amidst climate change challenges.   The conference demonstrated the key features of the UMCSAWM water resources engineering and management postgraduate degree program, that reflect the strength of the contribution by ESD program of UMCSAWM towards sustainable development.


Compered by our graduates demonstrating competence

Conference in Progress

Keen Industry Interest

Student Presentation – Sri Lanka

Student Presentation – Afganistan

Student Presentation – Sri Lanka

Student Presentation – Bhutan

Student Presentation – Pakistan

Student Presentation Sri Lanka

Student Presentation – Bhutan

Student Presentation – Sri Lanka

Student Presentation – Sri Lanka


Present conference is dedicated to selected projects and research conducted by postgraduate students from the UMCSAWM project.  This demonstrates the impact of ESD program and the efficiency of transformation as a result of the empowerment efforts.

Conference proceedings demonstrate the comprehensiveness of the application of knowledge and analytical capability to provide environmentally sustainable solutions to real life problems.  The papers show the consideration of both socio economic development and environmental sustainability, use of a systems approach to demonstrate how to evaluate water infrastructure development alternatives.  Hence revealing the scalability and applicability of UMCSAWM-ESD model beyond Sri Lanka and in the South Asian Region.

This event projects the quality of water resources management research and projects carried out by postgraduate candidates from the University of Moratuwa.  The large number of example PBL projects carried out by students from various practicing backgrounds, nationalities and regions proves the replicability of the UMCSAWM approach to sustainable water resources development and ESD

List of Research Papers presented at the First UMCSAWM Water Conference are given for easy reference.

  • Climate Change Impacts on Irrigation Schemes: Climate Scenario Identification and Evaluation of Irrigation Responses: Case Study Application of Rambakan Oya Reservoir using Irrigation Department Guidelines: W.V.K. Deshapriya and N.T.S. Wijesekera
  • IWRM ungauged catchments: Potential of Water Balance Modelling with Surface Water Pollution Considerations to Manage Ungauged Watersheds with an Emphasis on Multi User Concepts – Demonstrating an Application at a Watershed in Dampe, Sri Lanka : A.C. Dahanayake and N.T.S. Wijesekera
  • Raster GIS for Solid Waste: Raster GIS Modelling when Selecting a Suitable Solid Waste Dumping Site: R.M.L.U. Rathnayaka and N.T.S. Wijesekera
  • Design Rainfall for Flood Management: Determination of a Design Rainfall Pattern by Comparing with its Effect on Streamflow on Greater Colombo Watershed in Sri Lanka: W.H.Keerthirathne and N.T.S. Wijesekera
  • Evaluation of Irrigation Water Use Reality: Evaluation of Irrigation Water Issue Practice for Better Water Management at Rajangana Reservoir, Sri Lanka: H. Chemjong and N.T.S.  Wijesekera
  • GIS and Water Supply Distribution Network Costs: Incorporation of Water Distribution Network Costs in Water Supply System Design Highlighting the Strength of Raster GIS Modelling: D.M.S.S. Dissanayake and N.T.S. Wijesekera
  • Climate Change Impacts on Minor Irrigation Reservoirs: Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Measures for Pahala Divul Wewa, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka: P. S. Thakuri and N.T.S Wijesekera
  • Urban Water Supply Distribution System Reliability: Study of Urban Water Demand and Distribution System Reliability – A Case Study of Maharagama Water Supply Scheme, Sri Lanka: D.M.S.S. Dissanayake and R.L.H.L. Rajapakse
  • IWRM In Agricultural Areas: A Quantitative Analysis of Surface Water in The Uruboku Oya Basin Demonstrating the Application Potential of IWRM Principles to Complex Irrigation Systems: P.M. Jayadeera and N.T.S. Wijesekera
  • Irrigation and Crop Yield Options: Increasing the Cropping Intensity by Changing the Cropping Pattern in a Minor Tank: R.M.M.R Alawatugoda and N.T.S. Wijesekera
  • Hydraulic Modelling in Ungauged Catchments: Computation and Optimization of Snyder’s Synthetic Unit Hydrograph Parameters: G. Thapa and N.T.S. Wijesekera
  • Groundwater Modelling with ABCD Model: Sustainable Solutions for the Drying Up of Groundwater Wells – A Case Study in a Selected Watershed in Dampe, Sri Lanka: A.C. Dahanayake and R. L. H. L. Rajapakse
  • Climate Change Impacts on Minor Irrigation Reservoirs: Investigating the Impacts of Climate Change and Adaptation Options in Handegama Tank for Irrigation Water Management: K. Wangmo and N.T.S. Wijesekera
  • GIS and Community Water Supply: A Raster GIS Model for Water Supply Tower and Source Option Prioritisation in Community Based Water Supply Schemes at Attanagalla, Sri Lanka: T.K.N.K. Kumari and N.T.S. Wijesekera
  • Hydraulic Modelling for Flood and Pollution Control: Hydrological Modelling Approach for Flood and Water Pollution Control in an Ungauged Catchment: Case Study- Erewwala Catchment in Bolgoda River Basin, Sri Lanka: S. N. Jayasinghe and R. L. H. L. Rajapakse
  • Land and Water Productivity in Minor Irrigation: Attempting to Improve Seasonal Performance of Land and Water Productivity Through Systematic Analysis: Case Study of Dahanaka Minor Irrigation Tank in Anuradhapura District of Sri Lanka: P.R. Gamage and N.T.S. Wijesekera
  • Climate Change Impacts on Minor Irrigation Reservoirs: Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Measures in Giritale Reservoir in Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka: M. Kamran and N.T.S. Wijesekera
  • Water Productivity in Irrigation Reservoirs: Possibility of Increasing the Land and Water Productivity of Command Area in Labunoruwa Irrigation Tank, Anuradapura, Sri Lanka: M.B. Sharifi and N.T.S. Wijesekera
  • IWRM in Urban Catchment: Drainage Management in an Urban Watershed Under Climate Change Scenario Using IWRM Concepts: J.P.G. Jayaratne and N.T.S. Wijesekera