What is it about?

Urbanization of watersheds is known to increase the food risk potentials. Since 1970, eastern Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, underwent rapid urbanization due to the high rate of population growth and the booming economy, which attracts hundreds of thousands of expatriates. Such urbanizations change drastically the food characteristics and enhance the risk from such watersheds as shown in 2009 and 2011 severe foods.

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Why is it important?

The paper shows that on average, the peak flows and the volumes increased by about 119% and about 89%, respectively due to the increase of urbanization.

Perspectives

I hope that the results of this work will help in saving the lives of the people.

Prof. Ahmed Kamis
King Abdulaziz University

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This page is a summary of: Potential flood risk due to urbanization expansion in arid environments, Saudi Arabia, Natural Hazards, July 2020, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s11069-020-04190-7.
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