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.
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.
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:
in accordance with each journal specific topics and reviewing process.
Cancellations must be sent in writing to the conference registration Pr. Dalila LOUDYI email@example.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.
A number of keynote speeches will be offered on the topics of current and emerging issues in urban flood science, engineering and management.
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, 6th December 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|
The conference will take place at Hotel Palace d'Anfa, Casablanca, Morocco
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.
Prof. Dalila Loudyi
Hassan II University of Casablanca, Faculty of Sciences and Techniques
BP 146 Mohammedia, 20650 Morocco