International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems (2nd ISFF)
From 25th - 27th of October 2016 the 2nd International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems (2nd ISFF) was held at TU Berlin Campus El Gouna. More than 50 people from eight countries participated in the symposium. This event was the second in a new series of annual International Symposia on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems. Furthermore, this symposium was supported by the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) and the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GARDI) of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Japan and German Science Center Cairo (DWZ). The First ISFF was held in October 2015 in Kyoto, Japan (see http://ecohyd.dpri.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/index/1.html). The Second International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems was complemented by a Training Workshop on Numerical Modelling of Extreme Flash Floods in Arid Region funded by the UNESCO Office Cairo, which took place on 24th of October 2016. The symposium opening session on 25th of October included welcoming words of the TU Berlin Campus El Gouna and the UNESCO office in Cairo as well as messages of the Embassy of Japan to Egypt and of the German Science Center Cairo. Professor Sumi from Kyoto University summarized the objectives of the symposium and the roadmap for the ongoing work regarding Flash Floods in Wadi Systems. During the first two days of the symposium 24 experts and researchers presented their work in seven sessions, such as forecasting, modelling, mitigation and adaption measures, case studies in the Arab region, radar and satellite data, social aspects as well as water harvesting methods. Five presentations showed the outcomes of the Urgent Capacity Development for Managing Natural Disaster Risks of Flash Floods in Egypt, Jordan, Sudan and Yemen during a special UNESCO-session. 17 researchers presented their work on flash flood modelling, hydrological modelling, remote sensing techniques, groundwater recharge and other topics during two poster sessions. Two posters were chosen as best contributions: one from Zagazig University in collaboration with the NARSS, Egypt (best poster presentation) and one contribution from Kyoto University, Japan (second best poster presentation).
Furthermore, Christian Melchert presented the German Science Center and the Egyptian German Water Cluster and offered the possibility to join for all interested participants. On the last symposium day the outcomes, research challenges and future research collaborations were summarized and discussed. An excursion to the flash flood mitigation dams in Safaga was planned for the afternoon, but heavy rain storms caused flash floods and the roads have been closed, so that the excursion to Safaga must be cancelled. This recent event emphasized again the importance of progress in flash flood management and thus the motivation for this symposium. As an alternative to the excursion, a small group went to the field to get some impressions of this flood and to take measurements of water level and discharge of the flood coming from Wadi Bili.
In 2017, the Third International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems will take place in Oman.