Call for the special issue (ISFF)

Title: “Disaster Risk Reduction and Assessment for the Flood Prone Urbanized and Heritage Sites in Arid and Semi-Arid Environments”

Wadi flash floods (WFFs) in arid and semi-arid regions has recently become more frequent and devastating resulting in great property damage and extensive loss of life as well as environment degradation. Lack of data (availability, quality), disasters (flash floods and drought), water scarcity (quantity and quality), missing of management (water and sediment), and poor knowledge and approaches (models, strategies, and planning) are the main challenges in arid and semi-arid regions. Therefore, a series of the International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems (ISFF) were held in Japan (1st ISFF), Egypt (2nd ISFF), Oman (3rd ISFF), and Morocco (4th ISFF). The 5th ISFF will be held in Japan in Kyoto February 2020. The main objectives of ISFF are: 1) to form a platform for networking and sharing experiences and data among some MENA countries, scientists and authorities, 2) to stimulate cooperation among researchers in fundamental and applied sciences towards WFF research, 3) to develop new creative ideas and projects to adapt and mitigate wadi flash floods. 
We are pleased to announce that the special issue of ISFF: “Disaster risk reduction and assessment for the flood prone urbanized and heritage sites in arid and semi-arid environments” is open for the submission of original and innovative research papers focusing on the advanced approaches, techniques and applications  on flash floods in arid and semi-arid environments. In this special issue, we are expecting the latest research outcomes to introduce and discuss the urgent necessity to develop a sustainable approaches and methods to simulate and forecast WFFs focusing on water management, climate changes impacts, disaster risk reduction, and society and environmental development, as well as the impacts of flash floods on the historical and archeological sites in the MENA Regions, and other regions over the world.   
The Submissions are welcome and not limited to the following topics:
1: Hydrometeorology and Climate Change
2: Advances in Understanding Flood Modeling and Forecasting
3: Data Challenges: Monitoring, Analysis, and Sharing 
4: Reservoir Sedimentation and Sediment Yield
5: Surface Runoff and Groundwater Management
6: Social and Environmental Aspects
7: Flash Flood Mitigation Measures and Warning Systems
8: Flash Floods Risk at UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS)

Deadline of submission:  April 30, 2020.

Guest Editors:

Prof. Tetsuya Sumi 
Water Resources Research Center, DPRI, Kyoto University, Email: 
Assoc. Prof. Sameh Kantoush
Water Resources Research Center, DPRI, Kyoto University, Email: 
Dr. Mohamed Saber (Corresponding) 
Water Resources Research Center, DPRI, Kyoto University, Email: