UAEU organizes international conference “Water Resources Management and Sustainability: Solutions in Dry Areas”
Mon, 6 June 2022
At Expo 2020 Dubai to coincide with World Water Day
Under the patronage of H. E. Suhail Mohammed Al Mazrouei - Minister of Energy and Infrastructure - and H. E. Minister David Spears - Minister of Environment and Water of South Australia - the United Arab Emirates University is organizing the Water Resources Management and Sustainability: Solutions in Dry Areas conference from 22-24 March 2022 in cooperation with Australia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The conference is co-organized by the UAEU National Water and Energy Center in collaboration with the South Australian Institute for Water Research.
Prof. Ahmed Ali Murad - Associate Provost for Research and conference chairman - stressed that the conference comes in line with the university s vision to support development and priority of UAE, and in accordance with UAE agenda for advanced sciences 2031 and UAE s water security strategy 2036. He explained that there are several factors including, among others, population growth, urbanization and climate change that contribute to the scarcity of fresh water resources in arid and semi-arid regions. The water shortage problem constitutes a major constraint to sustainable development, and poses significant challenges to the use and management of water resources. This conference aims to discuss global water issues and address future challenges in line with the theme of Expo 2020 Dubai - Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. This vision also adopts the theme of World Water Day this year. He added: This conference represents an important platform for exchanging and presenting new visions and introducing innovative techniques and unconventional practices that would improve the future of water management and sustainability in arid and semi-arid regions around the world. The conference will help to discover appropriate solutions for the future challenges in the field of water resource management and sustainability.
Dr. Mohsen Sharif, Director of the National Water and Energy Center, explained that the conference program expands for four days, including 6 interactive workshops to be delivered by international experts, on several topics such as: applications of modern water technologies, geographic information systems, remote sensing and artificial intelligence, climate change impacts, water sustainability and others. In addition to 132 keynote and oral presentations, 32 poster presentations will be made on water harvesting, groundwater recharge, desalination technologies, wastewater treatment and reuse, and climate change. In collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, A field visit to the Rafisah Dam in Khor Fakkan, Northern Emirates, will be organized.
The topics of the conference include:
- Social and Economic Water Studies.
- Advanced techniques in managing water resources.
- Climate change and resilience of water resources.
- Development and management of non-conventional water resources (water desalination, water recycling, and water reuse).
- Sustainability of water resources (sustainable development goals, the relationship between water, food and energy, social and economic growth, and environmental sustainability in dry areas).
- Water resources and hydrological processes (rainwater harvesting, flash flood forecasting and management).
- Management of coastal areas and water sources.
- Water quality management.
- Spatial techniques, geographic information systems, remote sensing, and their uses in managing water resources.
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