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 basin management and urban flood protection
  • Urban storm water infrastructures and drainage systems
  • Urban planning and flood mitigation
  • Climate change impacts on urban flood risk
  • Rainfall-runoff data monitoring and analysis
  • Hydrology and hydraulic modeling of urban floods
  • Groundwater flooding and impacts on urbanized plains
  • Flood vulnerability and risk assessment
  • Flood damage assessment: technical, 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

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
  • 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. Latifa Mouhir, Hassan II University of Casablanca, Morocco
  • Prof. Mohamed Sinan, Hassania School of Public Works, Casablanca, Morocco
  • Dr. Mohammed Amin Hafnaoui, CRSTRA, Algeria
  • Dr. Taleb Odeh, The Hashemite University, Jordan
  • Prof. Mohamed El- Manadely, Cairo University, Egypt
  • Prof. Mohamed Elhag, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
  • Dr. Kamal El Kadi Abderrezzak, EDF, France

Important dates

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


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.

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Regular participants: 1500 MDH ~ 150 USD (including lunch, coffee breaks, digital symposium material)

Students off campus: 500 MDH ~ 50 USD (including coffee breaks, digital symposium material)

A planned excursion is not included and must be paid extra.


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Tentative Schedule for the field excursion to Wadi El Malleh Flood Protection Dam and west Casablanca floodway channel for urban Wadi Bouskoura diversion (West Super Channel)
Thursday, 22 nd November 2018

8:00 Departure from hotel (to be specified)
9:30 Arriving at the  Wadi El Malleh Flood Protection Dam, guided visit by dam’s Engineers
10:30 Leave the dam site heading towards  west Casablanca floodway channel for urban Wadi Bouskoura diversion (West Super Channel)
12:00  Arriving at  west Casablanca floodway channel for urban Wadi Bouskoura diversion, project presentation by engineers in charge of the channel
13:00 Lunch (to be specified)
14:30 Head back to the 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


Event Location

Casablanca morocco
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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