Centre Of Water Research

The Centre for Water Research (CWR) at UNIMAS has been formally established as a Centre of Excellence in January 2006. It’s an offshoot of what was before an informal grouping of researchers from the Faculty of Resource Science & Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation at UNIMAS. The main function of CWR is to promote, activate and coordinate all water related research and consultancy at this university.

CWR involves in both fundamental and applied research on natural aquatic environments (watershed, groundwater aquifers, rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries and regional seas) and on wastewaters from industrial, agricultural and urban development activities. CWR focuses on developing new tools, strategies as well as capacity building for sustainable management of water resources in the face of economic development. Such new tools and knowledge are applied and diffused through publications and consultancy services or offered through academic programmes, courses and training workshops.

Overall, the functions of CWR include :

  1. Conducting fundamental and applied research as well as offering consultancy services related to science and management of water resources
  2. Establishing national and international networks with other water related research institutions and agencies
  3. Charting UNIMAS future involvement and focus on water resource and management sector

Areas of Interest

CWR is currently focusing on the following areas of research and consultancy :

  1. Engineering Hydrology
  2. Wastewater Management
  3. Integrated Water Resource Management


Examples of past and on-going high profile research and consultancy projects undertaken by CWR include :

  1. Determination of the carrying capacity of an estuary through sediment analysis
  2. Ecological sanitation approach for sustainable greywater management
  3. Integrated Water Resources Management: A case study for the implementation of IWRM by the rural communities within the Sg. Sarawak Watershed
  4. Speciation of arsenic compounds in Tasik Biru, Bau, Sarawak and its environmental implications
  5. EIA of the Bakun Hydroelectric Project
  6. Development of groundwater quality monitoring network in Sarawak

 

KEY RESEARCHERS AND FELLOWS AT CWR

Director

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lau Seng

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Senior
Research Fellow

Prof Murtedza Mohamed

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Research Fellow

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ng Chee Khoon

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Research Fellow

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gabriel Tonga Noweg

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Research Fellow

Dr. Lee Nyanti

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Research Fellow

Dr. Law Puong Ling

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