Ngo Dang Phong

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Ngo Dang Phong

Phong was an IRRI Postdoctoral Fellow and currently facilitates a project funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). ACIAR funds the Climate change Affecting Land Use in the Mekong Delta: Adaptation of Rice-based Cropping systems (CLUES) project.

Since the whole project involves so many fields from breeding new varieties, optimizing land use, doing farming technique experiments to hydrological modeling, facilitating the whole project becomes especially challenging. But Phong believes the project will build resilience for the Mekong Delta against unwanted, but foreseeable climate change impacts. Moreover, he feels it is important to contribute his professional knowledge and skills to the work.


  • Agricultural water management
  • Acid-sulphate soil treatment or reclamation
  • Hydraulics and water quality modeling
  • Crop modeling such as ORYZA
  • Field experimentation and statistical analysis


  • PhD, Environmental Engineering & Earth Science, Melbourne University, Australia (2009)
  • MSc, Agricultural Engineering, mapjor: Water resource management; minor: Soil Physics, Philippines University Los Banos, Philippines (2000)
  • Bachelor in Engineering, Agricultural Water Management, Vietnam (1982)


  • IRRI post doctoral research fellow and IRRI Facilitator for ACIAR project on “Climate Change Affecting Land Use in the Mekong Delta: Adaptation of Rice-based Cropping Systems (CLUES)” (Nov 2011-present)
  • Senior Lecturer, Researcher at Department of Water Management, Agronomy Faculty, Nong Lam University, Thu Duc, HCM city, Vietnam (1989-Nov 2011)


  • Australian Executive Endeavor Award Program on modeling the Acidity propagation in canal network in coastal ASS in Southern Cross University, Australia (Jul-Sept 2011)
  • Delegation funded scholarship for presentation at Workshop on “Integrated Studies of Environmental Changes and Climate Adaptation Responses in the Tibet-Himalayan Region” in Kathmandu, Nepal. Sponsors: ANU University, Canberra, Australia (Sept 13-15, 2010)
  • Delegation funded scholarship for presentation of paper at 19th World Soil Congress in Brisbane. Sponsors: AUSAID, Australia (Aug 1-6, 2010)
  • Delegation funded scholarship for presentation at APEC_VC symposium in Canberra. Sponsors: ANU University, Canberra, Australia (Oct 28-30, 2009)
  • Scholarship awards for PhD study supported by CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food project #10, IRRI (2004-2007); and Melbourne University (2007-2008)
  • Travel scholarships for conferences in Vietnam, Thailand and New Zealand in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Sponsors: IRRI, IWMI and Melbourne University, Australia.
  • Travel scholarship for job training on modeling 3 months in 2005, 2007. Sponsors: IWMI, IRRI
  • MSc scholarship awarded by ADB and IRRI (1998-2001)
  • Certificate of Merit in 2007 granted by the provincial government of Bac Lieu, Vietnam for the successful implementation of research project on application of sluice operation for provincial water quality management


  1. Phong, N.D., 2008. Modelling of canal water acidity due to acid sulphate soils: a case study of the Camau Peninsula, Mekong Delta, Vietnam. PhD thesis, Faculty of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Faculty of Science, Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia. The online thesis is at:
  2. Phong. N.D., 2001. Dynamics of salinity and salinity effects on rice production of rice_shrimp system in the Mekong Delta, Viet Nam. Imprint Los Banos, Laguna, 2001. Thesis (MSc) -- University of the Philippines at Los Banos. Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p.[71]-77). Abstract of thesis could be found at IRRI website
  3. Hoanh CT, Phong ND, Trung NH, Dung LC, Hien NX, Ngoc NV and Tuong TP, 2012. Modeling to support land and water management: experiences from the Mekong River Delta, Vietnam. Journal of Water International (Under Review, tracking No RWIN 706797).
  4. Phong Ngo, Hoanh Chu, Tuong To, Hector Malano. 2010. Managing acidity movement in the coastal land with acid sulphate soils: a modeling approach. In: Gilkes RJ, Prakongkep N, editors. Proceedings of the 19th World Congress of Soil Science; Soil Solutions for a Changing World: ISBN 978-0-646-53783-2; Published on DVD; ; Working Group 3.1; Processes in acid sulfate soil materials, 2010 Aug 1-6. Brisbane, Australia: IUSS; 2010, pp. 76-79.
  5. Hoanh CT, Phong ND, Gowing JW, Tuong TP, Ngoc NV and Hien NX, 2009. Hydraulic and water quality modeling: a tool for managing land use conflicts in inland coastal zones. Water Policy, 11 (2009): 106-120.
  6. Phong ND, Hoanh CT, Tuong TP, Malano H and Weaver T, 2007. Modelling Acidity Propagation in a Coastal Zone with Acid Sulphate Soils. In Proceedings of the MODSIM 2007 NZ.
  7. Hoanh CT, Phong ND, Gowing JW, Tuong TP, Hien NX and Dat ND. 2006. Predicting Impacts of Water Management in Coastal Zones by Hydraulic and Salinity Modeling. Proceedings iEMSs: Summit on Environmental Modelling and Software. ISBN 1-4243-0852-6978-1-4243-0852-1.
  8. Phong ND, Tuong TP, Dam NV, Tho LT, George BA, Dang NV, Turral H. 2004. Operational and Resource Use Performance in the Cu Chi Irrigation System. ACIAR Proceedings 118: Improving the management of irrigation schemes in Vietnam. Pages 31-40.
  9. Phong ND, My TV, Nang ND, Tuong TP, Phuoc TN, Trung NH. 2003. Salinity Dynamics and its Implication on Cropping Patterns and Rice Performance in Shrimp Rice System in My Xuyen and Gia Rai. ACIAR technical Reports 52, Rice_Shrimp farming in the Mekong Delta: biophysical and socioeconomic issues. Pages 70-88.

Ngo Dang PhongDr. Ngo Dang Phong
Postdoctoral Fellow and Facilitator for ACIAR project in Vietnam

International Rice Research Institute
Los Baños, Laguna

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