Following the massive flooding last year, leading scientists are taking a more serious look at how to put excessive flood water into the soil as one of the solutions to help solve future flooding in Thailand and some other Southeast Asian countries.
Pumping water back into the soil is possible and could be an alternative to large dam constructions and water retention development, according to Matthew McCartney of the Vientiane-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI).
Scientists at the institute are now working with the Groundwater Research Center of Khon Kaen University to explore the possibility of doing field research in Thailand. They are looking at the upper reaches of the Chao Phraya River about 100 kilometres away from Bangkok for possible sites, Mr McCartney said.
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