Impact of Tsunami on Groundwater, Soils and Vegetation in Coastal Regions of Sri Lanka

 

 

19 September 2005

 

 

at

 

Soil Survey Laboratory & SRICANSOL Resource Center

 

Department of Soil Science

Faculty of Agriculture

University of Peradeniya

 

 

Sponsored by

 

United States National Science Foundation (USNSF)

National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka (NSF)

Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka (SSSSL)

 

 

PROGRAM

 

9.00 a.m. - Welcome Address

Dr. N. Jayasooriya - NSF

Prof. Ananda Gunatilaka NSF

Prof. Ranjith B. Mapa - SSSSL

 

9.10 a.m. - Address by Prof. K.G.A. Goonasekara

Vice Chancellor, University of Peradeniya

 

Session I Chairman: Prof. T. Illangasekare

 

9.15 a.m. - Project background, goals and planned outcomes

Prof. Tissa Illangasekare

Dr. Jayantha Obeysekera

 

9.30 a.m. - Post-tsunami Research Initiatives in the coastal zone

Zone of Sri Lanka

Prof. Ananada Gunathilaka

 

10.00 a.m. - Tea

 

10.30 a.m. - Pre and post Tsunami salinity effects on agricultural

Land

Prof. R.B. Mapa, Dr. M.W. Wickramasinghe

D.N. Sirisena and K.M.A. Kendaragama

 

11.00 a.m. - Synopsis of Post-Tsunami Rapid

Environmental Assessments in Sri Lanka

Dr. Mahesh Jayaweera

 

11.30 a.m. - Hydrogeology of the coastal area of Sri Lanka

Dr. H.A. Dharmagunawardena

 

12.00 noon - Lunch

 

Session II- Chairman: Dr. Jayantha Obeysekera

 

1.00 p.m. Pre and post Tsunami effects on vegetation of

coastal areas

Dr. S.P. Nissanka

 

1.30 p.m. - Groundwater conditions of the Dry Zone of

Sri Lanka with special emphasis on the coastal region

Dr.Lasantha Perera and Dr. C.R. Panabokke.

 

2.00 p.m - Tsunami Impacts on shallow groundwater and

associated water supply on the East coast of Sri

Lanka

. Dr. Karen Villholth

 

2.30 p.m. - Integrated management of surface water and

Groundwater Approaches and system tools

Prof. William Yeh

 

3.00 p.m Water and Salinity Dynamics in Soils and

Groundwater

Prof. Rien van Genuchten

 

3.30 p.m Tea

 

4.00 p.m Coastal Aquifer chemical mixing: salt-water

freshwater stability issues and possible mechanisms

for post-tsunami aquifer mixing.

Prof. Scott Tyler

 

4.30 p.m. - Comments by participants and discussion

Prof. Tissa Illangasekara

Dr. Jayantha Obeysekara

 

6.00 p.m Conclusion