Hyderabad, a rapidly growing urban center, may be losing its freshwater. Help discover the causes and possible solutions.
Lakes bring a wealth of benefits to urban areas. They help regulate the climate, furnish drinking water, prevent flooding, and support an array of plants and animals. Hyderabad has more than 3,000 lakes, and perhaps the three most important to its inhabitants are Himayatsagar, Umdasagar, and Mir Alam. But the quality and quantity of water in these lakes have been deteriorating. Help researchers learn what causes this deterioration and what they can do to stop it.
In the field, you’ll make visual observations at lakes and take samples for analysis. The data you collect will lead to a better understanding of the relationship between urban governance, housing plans and prices, and the degradation of urban lakes. It will also give insight into how industries at various socioeconomic levels are negatively impacting Hyderabad’s lakes, which could lead to policy changes that will improve the regulation of these industries. You’ll also help researchers establish links between rainfall, flooding, contamination of lakes, and land use near lakes.