Why you should attend


In the last two decades, many Arab cities such as Riyadh (2016), Casablanca (2016), Doha (2015) and Guelmim (2014) have experienced flash floods despite their highly arid and semi-arid climate. These events have caused live losses and important damages. Such causalities are usually due to the combination of many factors such as extreme precipitations, weak or insufficient urban storm water infrastructure and drainage system, urban stream bursting their banks, uncontrolled urban sprawl, groundwater table high rise or tides generated backwater effects on drainage systems outlets in coastal cities. These phenomena are still not well studied. Besides, mitigation and adaptation measures are very rare in such countries and regions because of the prevailing arid or semi- arid climate and growing urbanization.


Tackling these problems requires a good analysis of climate change and meteorological data, particularly precipitation, and good knowledge of the city vulnerability to floods in such territories. Finding solutions to these challenging problems also requires close collaboration between scientists, practitioners and stakeholders from local, regional, national and international organizations whether they are public or private. So we encourage you to contribute to the development of future solutions for urban floods in the MENA countries.


This event is the fourth in a new series of annual international symposia on flash floods in wadi systems. Furthermore, this symposium is supported by the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) and the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GARDI) of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) at Kyoto University, Japan.
The first International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems held in October 2015 in Kyoto, Japan, was attended by about one hundred scientists, practitioners and stakeholders from 11 countries (Japan, Arab Region, Europe; see (http://ecohyd.dpri.kyotou.ac.jp/en/index/1.html).
The second symposium was held at Technische Universitat Berlin, Campus El Gouna, Egypt (http://www.campus-elgouna.tu-berlin.de/home/international_symposium_on_flash_floods/).
The third International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems was held in Oman (http://isff2017.gutech.edu.om/) and the fourth edition of this international symposium will be held in Casablanca, Morocco.

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Symposium themes:

  • River/Wadi basin management and flood protection
  • Storm water infrastructures and urban drainage systems
  • Urban planning, green infrastructure and flood mitigation
  • Climate change impacts, weather forecasting and flood warning systems
  • Rainfall-runoff data monitoring and analysis
  • Hydrology and hydraulic modeling of floods
  • Groundwater flooding and impacts on urban areas
  • Sediment management, water harvesting and flood control
  • Flood vulnerability and risk assessment
  • Flood damage assessment: environmental, social and economical tools
  • Flood adaptation: structural and non-structural measures


Organizing committee

  • Prof. Dalila Loudyi,UH2C-FSTM, dalila.loudyi@univh2c.ma
  • Prof. Sameh Kantoush, Kyoto-U, kantoush.samehahmed.2n@kyoto-u.ac.jp
  • Dr. Ahmed Hadidi, GUTech, Ahmed.Hadidi@gutech.edu.om
  • Prof. Mohamed Chagdali, UH2C-FSB, chagdalimohamed@gmail.com
  • Prof. Meryem Tanarhte, UH2C-FSTM, meryem_t@yahoo.com
  • Prof. Abdeslam Taleb, UH2C-FSTM, talebabdeslam1@gmail.com
  • Dr. Mohamed Saber, Kyoto-U, mohamedmd.saber.3u@kyoto-u.ac.jp
  • Dr. Mohammed Abdel-Fattah, Kyoto-U, soliman.mohammed.7x@kyoto-u.ac.jp

International scientific committee

  • Prof. Ekkehard Holzbecher, German University of Technology, Oman
  • Prof. Sameh Kantoush, WRRC, DPRI, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Prof. Uwe Tröger, TU Berlin Campus El Gouna, Germany
  • Prof. Reinhard Hinkelmann, TU Berlin, Germany
  • Dr. Riadh Ata, EDF, France
  • Prof. Tetsuya Sumi, WRRC, DPRI, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Prof. Hirokazu Tatano, Secretary-General GADRI, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Prof. Emad Habib, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA
  • Prof. Mathias Kondolf, University of California Berkeley, USA
  • Prof. Anton Schleiss, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Prof. Ali Al-Maktoumi, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
  • Prof. Mohamed Elhag, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
  • Prof. Latifa Mouhir, Hassan II University of Casablanca, Morocco
  • Prof. Mohamed Sinan, Hassania School of Public Works, Casablanca, Morocco
  • Dr. Kamal El Kadi Abderrezzak, EDF, France
  • Dr. Mohammed Amin Hafnaoui, CRSTRA, Algeria
  • Dr. Taleb Odeh, The Hashemite University, Jordan
  • Prof. Mohamed El- Manadely, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
  • Dr. Marian Muste, IIHR, University of IOWA, USA
  • Prof. Aminuddin Ab Ghani, REDAC, Universiti Sains, Malaysia
  • Dr. Alastair G. Barnett, Hydra Software, New Zealand

Important dates

  • Abstract submission: June 30th, 2018  Extension of Abstract submission deadline: July 15th, 2018
  • Acceptance of abstract: July 15th, 2018  Extension of Acceptance of abstract deadline: July 30th, 2018
  • Camera ready papers due : October 15th, 2018
  • Conference : December 4th – 6th, 2018


Call for Abstracts

Online abstract submission system is now open!

Authors are requested to submit abstracts electronically in PDF format to this link. If you have used this system before, you can use the same username and password. If this is your first time using EasyChair, you will need to register for an account by clicking “I have no EasyChair account” button. Upon completion of registration, you will get a notification email from the system and you are ready for submitting your paper. You can upload and re-upload the paper to the system by the submission due date.

The authors of accepted abstracts will be notified via email on July 30th, 2018.

Download the Abstract Template

Download Full Paper Template

Download Poster Template

Full Papers and Proceedings

Full paper shall be submitted for consideration of the Scientific Committee by October 15th, 2018.
All accepted and presented papers (both oral and poster) will be published in a Symposium Proceedings in the form of a printed volume of abstracts and a USB flash disk.

Selected high-quality papers will be recommended to a special journal issue publication in one of these two international journals:

- International Journal of River Basin Management
(Print ISSN: 1571-5124 Online ISSN: 1814-2060).
- Urban Water Journal
(Print ISSN: 1573-062X Online ISSN: 1744-9006).

in accordance with each journal specific topics and reviewing process.



  • Registration is requiredfor all participants of ISFF 2018.
  • To be published in the ISFF 2018 Conference Proceedings at least one of the authors of the paper is required to register for the conference and the paper must be presented during the conference days.
  • Registration fees includeconference sessions, conference proceedings, lunches and coffee breaks and Excursion.


  • Registration fees can be paid by bank transfer. The name and address of the registration should be clearly started on the bank transfer. Please see the Registration form for Bank account details.
  • To receive an invoice and to check on your registration, it is very important to send a follow up email including a copy of your transfer with your complete name and address of your University, Institute or Company to ISFF 2018 organizing committee chair: Pr. Dalila Loudyi. Email: 4th.isff2018@gmail.com or by Fax: (212) 5 22 22 55 59, R&D Maroc.


Cancellations must be sent in writing to the conference registration Pr. Dalila LOUDYI 4th.isff2018@gmail.com A 50 euros administrative fee will be applied to cancellations of registrations on or/before October 31st, 2018. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after October 31st, 2018. It is possible to replace a cancelled participant with another person. Given that her or his abstract has been accepted.


Keynote Speeches

A number of keynote speeches will be offered on the topics of current and emerging issues in urban flood science, engineering and management.

Technical Program

Download the Program of the 4th International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems



3rd Day of Symposium: Thursday December 6th, 2018

3ème Jour du Symposium: Jeudi 6 Décembre 2018

Field trip - Sortie sur le terrain

Visit to Wadi el Malleh dam and Mediouna storm water basin for flood control
Visite du Barrage de oued EL Malleh et le Bassin d’Orage de  Mediouna pour la protection contre les inondations

8:00-13:30 Field trip program- Programme de la sortie sur le terrain
Casablanca – Mohammedia - Mediouna
8:00 Departure from the hotel - Départ de l'hôtel, Casablanca
9:30 Arrival to Wadi El Malleh Dam for flood control - Arrivée au Barrage de Oued El Malleh de protection contre les inondations Guided visit by engineers of the River Basin Agency of Bouregreg and Chaouia - Visite guidée par les ingénieurs de l'Agence de Bassin Hydraulique du Bouregreg et de la Chaouia
10:30 Departure from the dam site towards the storm water basin of Mediouna - Départ du site du Barrage vers le Bassin d’orage à Mediouna
12:00 Arrival to Mediouna storm water basin -  Arrivée au site du Bassin
Presentation of the infrastructure by engineers of LYDEC (Suez-Great Casablanca storm water and wastewater utility)
Présentation de l’infrastructure par les ingénieurs de LYDEC (Suez- Gestionnaire de l’assainissement liquide au Grand Casablanca)
13:30 Return to hotel - Retour à l’Hotel.

Why Casablanca?

  • Casablanca the city: international airport
  • The Biggest university of Morocco: over 100 000 students
  • Important infrustructures: transport, hotels
  • Economic capital with high flood vulnerability



The conference will take place at Hotel Palace d'Anfa, Casablanca, Morocco

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Event Location

171 Boulevard d'Anfa, 

Casablanca - Morocco



All authors and participants are strongly recommended to stay in the “Palace d'Anfa" Hotel, where ISFF 2018 will take place. 

In order to help with your planning, accommodation bookings should be made directly through the hotel. The following accommodation options are available: 

Single Room : BED&BREAKFAST : 950 dhs TTC / Room / Night

Double Room : BED&BREAKFAST : 1200 dhs TTC / Room / Night

Please confirm your booking before  November 20th, 2018  to get benefit of these execptional reduced prices.

To book a room at your convenience, please contact the commercial department and specify ISFF 2018 in the subject of your message to:

 Mrs. Imane FADLON and Mrs. Hajar HAMIDI.



Tel   :    05 22 95 42 00 / 05 22 95 43 00


We look forward to welcoming you to Casablanca for ISFF 2018.


4th ISFF
Prof. Dalila Loudyi
Hassan II University of Casablanca, Faculty of Sciences and Techniques
BP 146 Mohammedia, 20650 Morocco
Email: 4th.isff2018@gmail.com