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Wadi Flash Floods

Challenges and Advanced Approaches for Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Presents the latest technologies and advances in flood monitoring and forecasting

  • Uses multidisciplinary and integrated approaches to understand wadi flash floods

  • Is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

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Table of contents (22 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Wadi Flash Flood Challenges and Strategies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Integrated Strategies for the Management of Wadi Flash Floods in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Arid Zones: The ISFF Project

      • Sameh A. Kantoush, Mohamed Saber, Mohammed Abdel-Fattah, Tetsuya Sumi
      Pages 3-34Open Access
    3. Flood Risk Management Practices in Morocco: Facts and Challenges

      • Dalila Loudyi, Moulay Driss Hasnaoui, Ahmed Fekri
      Pages 35-94Open Access
    4. Flood Analysis and Mitigation Strategies in Algeria

      • Hamouda Boutaghane, Tayeb Boulmaiz, El Khansa Lameche, Abdelouahab Lefkir, Mahmoud Hasbaia, Chérifa Abdelbaki et al.
      Pages 95-118Open Access
  3. Hydrometeorology and Climate Changes

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 119-119
    2. Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on Temperature and Precipitation Over India

      • Sridhara Nayak, Tetsuya Takemi
      Pages 121-142Open Access
    3. Analysis of the Hydrological Behavior of Watersheds in the Context of Climate Change (Northwestern Algeria)

      • Halima Belarbi, Bénina Touaibia, Nadir Boumechra, Chérifa Abdelbaki, Sakina Amiar
      Pages 143-179Open Access
  4. Rainfall-Runoff Modeling and Approaches

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 181-181
    2. Validation of Flash Flood Simulations Using Satellite Images and Community-Based Observations—Impact of Infiltration and Small-Scale Topographical Features

      • Franziska Tügel, Ahmed Hadidi, Ilhan Özgen-Xian, Jingming Hou, Reinhard Hinkelmann
      Pages 183-207Open Access
    3. Advanced Tools for Flood Management: An Early Warning System for Arid and Semiarid Regions

      • Ekkehard Holzbecher, Ahmed Hadidi, Nicolette Volp, Jeroen de Koning, Humaid Al Badi, Ayisha Al Khatri et al.
      Pages 209-223Open Access
    4. Innovative Monitoring Techniques for Wadi Flash Flood by Using Image-Based Analysis

      • Mahmood M. Al-Mamari, Sameh A. Kantoush, Tetsuya Sumi
      Pages 251-266Open Access
    5. A Temporally Varied Rainfall Simulator for Flash Flood Studies

      • Mohammad Ebrahim Banihabib, Bahman Vaziri
      Pages 267-279Open Access
  5. Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 281-281
    2. The Role of Urban Planning and Landscape Tools Concerning Flash Flood Risk Reduction Within Arid and Semiarid Regions

      • Karim I. Abdrabo, Sameh A. Kantosh, Mohamed Saber, Tetsuya Sumi, Dina Elleithy, Omar M. Habiba et al.
      Pages 283-316Open Access
    3. Measuring Vulnerability to Flash Flood of Urban Dwellers

      • Md. Enamul Huq, Zhenfeng Shao, Ahmed Abdullah Al Dughairi, Md. Nazirul Islam Sarker, Cai Bowen, Abdullah Al Mamun et al.
      Pages 317-354Open Access
    4. Flash Flood Modeling and Mitigation in Arid and Semiarid Basins: Case Studies from Oman and Brazil

      • Mohamed Saber, Sameh A. Kantoush, Mohammed Abdel-Fattah, Tetsuya Sumi, Jose Andres Moya, Karim Abdrabo
      Pages 355-381Open Access
  6. Reservoir Sedimentation and Sediment Yield

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 399-399

About this book

This open access book brings together research studies, developments, and application-related flash flood topics on wadi systems in arid regions. The major merit of this comprehensive book is its focus on research and technical papers as well as case study applications in different regions worldwide that cover many topics and answer several scientific questions.

The book chapters comprehensively and significantly highlight different scientific research disciplines related to wadi flash floods, including climatology, hydrological models, new monitoring techniques, remote sensing techniques, field investigations, international collaboration projects, risk assessment and mitigation, sedimentation and sediment transport, and groundwater quality and quantity assessment and management.

In this book, the contributing authors (engineers, researchers, and professionals) introduce their recent scientific findings to develop suitable, applicable, and innovative tools for forecasting, mitigation, and water management as well as society development under seven main research themes as follows:

Part 1. Wadi Flash Flood Challenges and Strategies

Part 2. Hydrometeorology and Climate Changes

Part 3. Rainfall–Runoff Modeling and Approaches

Part 4. Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation

Part 5. Reservoir Sedimentation and Sediment Yield

Part 6. Groundwater Management

Part 7. Application and Case Studies

The book includes selected high-quality papers from five series of the International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems (ISFF) that were held in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2020 in Japan, Egypt, Oman, Morocco, and Japan, respectively. These collections of chapters could provide valuable guidance and scientific content not only for academics, researchers, and students but also for decision-makers in the MENA region and worldwide.


  • Hydrometeorology and Climate Change
  • Advances in Understanding Flood Modelling and Forecasting
  • Data Challenges: Monitoring, Analysis, and Sharing
  • Reservoir Sedimentation and Sediment Yield
  • Surface Runoff and Groundwater Management
  • Social and Environmental Aspects
  • Flash Flood Mitigation Measures and Warning Systems
  • Flash Flood Risk at UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS)
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji, Japan

    Tetsuya Sumi, Sameh A. Kantoush, Mohamed Saber

About the editors

Tetsuya Sumi is a professor at the Water Resources Research Center, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan. He has a degree in civil engineering from Kyoto University. Subsequently, he worked for the Japanese Ministry of Construction. His specialties are hydraulics and dam engineering, with particular emphasis on integrated sediment management for reservoir sustainability and river basin environment improvement. He has contributed to several international associations and conferences, such as IAHR, ISRS, and ISE. He organized the 2nd International Workshop on Sediment Bypass Tunnels in 2017 in collaboration with ETH-Swiss and NTU-Taiwan. He recently conducted a general report of Q100 ‘RESERVOIR SEDIMENTATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT’ at the 26th ICOLD Congress, Vienna, Austria, in July 2018.

Sameh A. Kantoush is currently an associate professor at Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Saga University in Japan and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, respectively. Prior to joining Kyoto, he served at the German University in Cairo (GUC) as an associate professor in the Civil Engineering Program. He is a member of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE) and Syndicate of Engineers in Egypt. The industrial expertise of Dr. Kantoush is predominantly in infrastructure projects at multinational consulting firms in many countries. His research interests span the fundamentals of shallow flow and sediment transport, wadi flash floods, reservoir sustainability, ecohydraulics, dam impacts, and sediment management techniques.

Mohamed Saber is currently working as a specially appointed associate professor of the Water Resources Research Center, the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University. He has a Ph.D. in Hydrology from Kyoto University, Japan, and has worked as an assistant professor at the Geology Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Egypt. Saber has experience working and holding different positions, such as a senior researcher, Water Resources Research Center Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan; a visiting professor, Geological Eng., Middle East Technical Univ., Turkey; a postdoctoral researcher, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA, USA; a postdoctoral researcher, Kyoto University; and a research assistant, GCOE_ARS Project, Kyoto University, DPRI, Japan. Mohamed participated in more than 50 different publications and supervised more than 20 undergraduate, professional diploma, master’s and doctorate students. His research interests are mainly focused on flood forecasting and risk management, hydrometeorological analysis and climate change, water resources management, reservoir sedimentation management, and remote sensing and GIS applications, as well as machine learning techniques in flash flood risk assessment.

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Buying options

Softcover Book USD 29.99 USD 49.99
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Hardcover Book USD 29.99 USD 59.99
50% discount Price excludes VAT (USA)