Improving early warning systems for severe weather events and prolonged droughts
Sever climate events such as high temperature waves, heavy rains, floods and drought became common all over the world. Improving early warning systems is now a world-wide priority to protect lives and properties. In this session, researchers and organizations will present the latest of knowledge they have. This includes for example: harnessing Satellite services to reduce flood risk – a WMO’s contribution, development of Intensity-Duration-Frequency Curves for hydrologic design in Egypt, and mitigating flash floods and urban floods approach to implementing a flood early warning system in Nigeria, and a road map for Alexandria against drown possibilities.
1 November 2023 09:30 - 11:00
(Al Qahira C Ballroom)
1 November 2023 09:30 - 11:00
(Al Qahira D,E Ballroom)
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Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation- Egypt (MWRI)
Nicolas Franke works as Coordinator and Programme Officer in the Global Processes and Water Policy Unit of the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
In his current position, he supports UN Member States and the UN Senior Leadership in intergovernmental processes related to water and contributes to the overall coordination of the UN System’s work in this area.
Nicolas studied at the Universities of Salzburg (Austria), Madrid (Spain) and Västeras (Sweden) and has a Bachelor’s in Biology and Master’s in Inland Water Quality Assessment.
4/2000 Joined Ministry of Construction (MOC)
4/2008 Director, River Planning Office, Tohoku Regional Development Bureau, MLIT
4/2013 Director for International Cooperation, Overseas Project Division, MLIT
6/2015 Programme Specialist, Division of Water Science, Natural Science Sector, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) *Seconded by the Government of Japan
4/2018 Director, Fukushima River and National Highway Office, MLIT
7/2020 Director for International Cooperation and Projects, MLIT
6/2021 Chief Researcher and Director, Public Works Management Policy Group, Japan Institute of Country-ology and Engineering
4/2023 Director, International Affairs Office, Water and Disaster Management Bureau, MLIT
He is a globally recognized scientist and educator working on complex human-nature systems at the interface of science, policy, and society. His leadership and team building skills have helped solve complex challenges to water resource management posed by climate change. He specializes in assessing water-use efficiency, natural resource management, soil-water balance, irrigation and drainage performance diagnoses, evaluation of water saving/conservation options, GIS applications in hydrology and natural resources management, valuation of ecosystem services and managing projects, and capacity building. He serves on FAO WASAG, UNCCD IWG on Drought, UNFCCC focal point for ICARDA, advisor board of GIWEH (a Geneva-based water thinktank) and other high-level expert bodies.
Dr. Emad Habib is an Endowed Chair and Professor in the College of Engineering and the Director of the Louisiana Watershed Flood Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He received his doctoral degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering in 2001 from the University of Iowa. His research expertise is in surface hydrology with focus on precipitation extremes; flood prediction and forecasting; water resource management; and development of technology-based educational innovations. He published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and several book chapters. He received the 2022 University Service Leadership Award and the 2016 Distinguished Professor Award and other awards including the Journal of Hydrologic Engineering Best Journal Award and the Watershed Excellence Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He served on the Precipitation Committee of the American Geophysical Union, the Education Committee of the Consortium of Universities for Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, and the Environmental Water Resources Institute Task Committee on the Use and Application of Doppler Radar. Dr. Habib is a Professional Engineer registered in the states of Louisiana and Texas.