Cycle 1 (2011 Deadline)
Floodwave propagation and infiltration in desert regions: The Azraq Basin, Jordan
PI: Mo'ayyad Shawaqfah, Al al-Bayt University
U.S. Partner: Mark Stone, University of New Mexico
Project Dates: May 2012 - December 2013
Providing a secure water future for Jordan in the face of rapid population growth and decreasing availability of water will require innovative progress in all aspects of water resource management, including the identification of underutilized resources. Ability to improve the efficiency of measures to deal with floodwaters, particularly in a low cost fashion, has the potential to rapidly advance this important development challenge for Jordan and the rest of the Middle East.
This project will investigate holistic management of floodwaters in Jordan to better understand how this natural hazard can instead be viewed as a valuable natural resource. It will bring to bear the relevant experience of the U.S. partner, who has collaborated with the Jordanian principal investigator on similar previous projects in both Jordan and Turkey. A combination of modeling exercises and field observations will be used to advance the application of knowledge for this critical issue. Successful completion of this project should yield scientific advancements, provide training for Jordanian and American students and researchers, and result in new models to inform water resource managers in this region, where water is so vital to peace and security. This project will assist Al al-Bayt University in its efforts to build its water resources research and outreach capabilities. A broader training component is also included, with approximately 100 water resources professionals expected to benefit from planned outreach and dissemination activities.
Summary of Recent Activities
Dr. Shawaqfah in his office with his colleague analyzing the data captured by the new weather station purchased through PEER (Photo courtesy Dr. Shawaqfah).
In recent months the research team continued their modeling work using the flood propagation and groundwater models. On September 15-18, 2013, they held a groundwater modeling short course designed to train participants on principles and procedures of groundwater modeling and the use of computer models for groundwater resources management and protection. Course participants gained experience in modeling through a series of hands-on training exercises in the computer lab. Upon completion of this course, the participants were able to construct a groundwater model and use it to simulate groundwater flow. In the upcoming months, the research team will gather a new set of data for the coming rainy season in the study area. The PI also plans to participate in the November 2013 Global Conference on Energy, Soil, Water, Air and Environment in Antalya, Turkey, where he will present the result of his work. He will also be organizing a second stakeholders’ workshop in December 2013 at Al-al Bayt University.
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