Workshop held on flood management

The German University of Technology (GUtech) recently hosted a workshop on flood mapping as part of a joint hydrology and GIS research project, entitled ‘Towards a flood-resilient Omani Society: Improved Tools for Flood Management’. The three-year-long inter-disciplinary research project which started in February this year is funded by The Research Council (TRC).
“The workshop at GUtech was part of a work package on data visualisation. It was about gaining an understanding of current flood mapping practices in Oman. We discussed the availability and the use of flood maps by different stakeholders, the differences between different map types, eg flood hazard maps and flood risk maps, as well as flood map content and layout,” said Associate Prof Dr Adrijana Car, who is leading the research project package related to data visualisation, along with her colleagues from different departments at GUtech, Associate Prof Dr Ekkehard Holzbecher (Applied Geosciences — Hydrogeology) and Associate Prof Dr Nabil Sahli (Computer Sciences), and Dr Edda Kalbus, former professor of Applied Geosciences at GUtech (Hydrogeology).
Prof Adrijana has extensive experience in GIS education and application in various projects around the world and she has been teaching GIS at the University of Salzburg, Austria.
Employees from the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, Muscat Municipality, Supreme Council for Planning, ESRI Muscat and GUtech, participated in the daylong workshop.

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