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Characterization of Flash Floods in Urban Areas of the United Arab Emirates

Project Description

The United Arab Emirates is classified as an arid or semi-arid region, and localized rainfall makes flash flooding a major issue. Recently, flash floods hit parts of the United Arab Emirates after a sudden storm deluged the area due to the Cycline Kyarr, with videos posted online showing wadis overflowing, roads cut off and surges of water coursing through the valleys. In all likelihood, such events will become more frequent, as climate change increases the frequency and severity of Cyclonic effects. Thus, appropriate mitigation measures should be planned; however, data and suitable approaches to study flash floods in the United Arab Emirates are not currently available.
The aim of this project is to understand the properties of flash floods in the United Arab Emirates, and to develop new and/or adapted modelling techniques to best model their evolution and impacts.
The main objectives of the project are:
1. Characterize and improve the understanding of flow dynamic during the flash floods,
2. Mapping urban areas prone to flash floods,
3. Assessing the vulnerability for flash floods,
4. Develop IDF curves for flash flooding,
Students who are successful in being awarded this scholarship are expected to be based at the Heriot-Watt Dubai campus.

To apply, please follow the link to the Heriot Watt website.

Funding Notes

The scholarship will cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend of approximately £15,009 for the 36 month duration of the project. It is available to applicants from the UK, EU and overseas.

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