Urban Flood Management in a Data-Scarce Environment under Climate Change

  • DATE / TIME:
    2021/06/21    14:50 - 16:20

    Lecturer: Dr Firas Aljanabi, Technische Universität Dresden


    Floods in urban environments often result in loss of life and property destruction, with many adverse socioeconomic effects. However, the application of most flood prediction models remains challenging due to data scarcity and climate change. Additionally, the impact of climate change is increasingly significant for the design of urban water infrastructures like stormwater, sewage, and drinking water systems. However, massive data availability problems make modelling and forecasting rather challenging. Growing evidence indicates that the water sector will not only be affected by climate change, but it will reflect and deliver many of its impacts through floods, droughts, or extreme rainfall events. Water resources will change in both quantity and quality, and the infrastructure of stormwater and wastewater facilities may face a greater risk of damage caused by storms, floods, and droughts. The effect of climate change will put more difficulties on operations to disrupted services and increase water and wastewater services. Decision makers should improve the data collecting techniques, including data management, and re-examine development processes for municipal water and wastewater services.

    Dr Aljanabi addresses some of these in the seminar “Urban Flood Management in a Data-Scarce Environment affected by Climate Change”.


    Dr Aljanabi has been working at TU Dresden in teaching and project management for many years. In Switzerland, he was an expert and scientific officer at the World Meteorological Organization and served as a department head at the Ministry of Environment in Iraq. Dr Aljanabi acquired a PhD in Climate Change and Water Resources Management (2014), and an MSc in Hydroscience and Engineering (2009) at TU Dresden, Germany, and a BSc in Civil Engineering (2002) from Babylon University, Iraq.

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