From Rainfall to Resilience: Crafting Flood Solutions for the GCC Region

28th March 2024
Daymion Jenkins
Advisory Director - Environment & Sustainability

As the Arabian Peninsula experiences shifts in weather patterns and faces more intense and frequent rainfall events, the demand for effective flood mitigation strategies has never been more critical.

In this episode of the WSP Anticipate Podcast, Daymion Jenkins, Advisory Director – Environment & Sustainability is joined by Nariba Gittens, Associate Director – Water and Dr Farhad Jafari, Project Director at WSP in the Middle East to explore the role of design in flood management. They also discuss the challenges facing flood mitigation programs and explore the strategies, solutions and technologies that are reshaping the landscape of flood resilience across the GCC region.

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Discussion Points

00:00 – Introductions and a discussion on climate changes in the GCC

03:24 – The impact of urban planning and design on flood manifestation

06:07 – Building Future-Ready infrastructure in new masterplans and developments

10:46 – Incorporating climate change predictions in drainage modelling and design

13:35 – Variability in climate change application in the GCC

22:40 – Technology and innovation in flood management

26:54 – How to maximise water management efficiency

38:15 – Using rainwater for groundwater recharge and aquifer Protection

Key Takeaways

  • Climate change is leading to more intense and frequent rainfall events in the Arabian Peninsula, necessitating effective flood mitigation strategies.
  • Future-ready infrastructure that can adapt to changing weather patterns is crucial for flood resilience.
  • The incorporation of climate change predictions in drainage modelling is important, but there is variability in its application across the region.
  • Regulation, policy, and guidance play a key role in promoting flood resilience.
  • Technology and innovation, such as remote sensing and smart systems, can enhance flood management.
  • Water management and efficiency, including the beneficial use of water resources, are essential in a water-scarce region.
  • Groundwater recharge and aquifer protection are critical for maintaining water resources.
  • Education and training are important for promoting sustainable water practices and ensuring the longevity of infrastructure.

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