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Maps to fight floods. Method developed in Morocco

Research fields Margins, environment, landscapes
Mountains and process geomorphology
Water Resources Management
Water Resources Management
Keywords Flood risk
Natural hazards
Water management
Funding Swiss agency for development and cooperation (SDC)
Duration August 2009 - December 2013
Researchers Reynard Emmanuel (Supervision) [web] [email]
Werren Gabriela Georgeta (Doctoral student)

This PhD thesis is part of the project "Flood risk management in two Moroccan watersheds: Fez and Beni Mellal" and focuses on the Beni Mellal watershed. The research is divided in four main steps: (1) Geomorphological mapping and cartography of human impacts on hydrology (urban extension, communication network, water embankments, etc.). This phase allows us to elaborate a map of phenomena and a map of vulnerability; (2) Hydrological analysis; (3) Elaboration of an indicative map of flood hazards; (4) Synthesis and elaboration of recommendations for water managers. The project is aimed at creating a mapping approach suited for the Moroccan reality. This tool will help to improve hydrological risk management in semi-arid, ungauged watersheds.

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Werren, G. (2013). Maps as risk mitigation tools. Adaptation of the Swiss hazard assessment and mapping methodology to a Moroccan site: Beni Mellal. Géovisions 44. Université de Lausanne, Institut de géographie et durabilité. ISBN 978-2-940368-19-8. Info