Oman to host 3rd In­ter­na­tional Sym­po­sium on Flash Floods

Oman Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER MUS­CAT, NOV 14

The 3rd In­ter­na­tional Sym­po­sium on Flash Floods in Wadi Sys­tems, fo­cus­ing on theme ‘Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Wa­ter Har­vest­ing in the Arab Re­gion” will be held dur­ing De­cem­ber 5-7 at the Ger­man Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy in Oman (GUtech).

Flash floods, which are caused by ex­treme weather con­di­tions, have cre­ated se­vere dam­ages to the in­fra­struc­ture and agri­cul­ture in re­cent years in many parts of the world in­clud­ing the Sul­tanate.

“Our in­ter­na­tional sym­po­sium aims at cre­at­ing aware­ness about flash floods and in­creas­ing re­search in ef­fi­cient flash flood fore­cast­ing through hy­dro­log­i­cal mod­els that pre­dict rain­fall and runoff pro­cesses and sim­u­late the flood rout­ing,” said Prof Dr Ekke­hard Holzbecher, Hy­drol­o­gist at GUtech, who is head­ing the lo­cal or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee of the sym­po­sium.

The sym­po­sium has been or­gan­ised in co­op­er­a­tion with the Min­istry of Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and Wa­ter Re­sources (Oman), Wa­ter Re­source Re­search Cen­tre in Ky­oto (Ja­pan), the Global Al­liance of Dis­as­ter Re­search In­sti­tutes (GDRAI) of the Dis­as­ter Pre­ven­tion Re­search In­sti­tute (DPRI), Ky­oto Univer­sity.

Ac­cord­ing to re­searchers, their oc­cur­rence is highly ran­dom. “Be­cause of cli­mate change, flash floods will oc­cur more fre­quently in fu­ture. There­fore, there is an ur­gent need for fur­ther flash flood pro­tec­tion and risk re­duc­tion. In ad­di­tion, the rain wa­ter can be har­vested and used for agri­cul­tural pur­poses. This has been done in other parts of the world, like Africa,” said Prof Ekke­hard Holzbecher.

In pre­vi­ous years, the sym­po­sium was held in Ky­oto, Ja­pan, Cam­pus El Gouna, Egypt.

Around 100 ex­perts from all over the world are ex­pected to at­tend the sym­po­sium, that will also in­clude a train­ing work­shop on “Flow and Sed­i­ment Trans­port Mod­el­ling in Rivers and Wadi Sys­tem us­ing TELEMAC 2D and 3D Numer­i­cal Codes”.

The In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for Hy­dro-En­vi­ron­ment En­gi­neer­ing and Re­search (IAHR), COMSOL, Hölscher Wasser­bau GmbH, Al Bus­tan Con­struc­tion and Gulf Lake are the silver spon­sors of the sym­po­sium. and in

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