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Nile Talk Forum: Understanding the potential impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on floods in Sudan

Monday, May 17 at 8:00am to 9:30am

Virtual Event

This forum brings experts in Nile and other transboundary river issues of the world to discuss experiences in diffusing tensions, sharing the common good, build trust and develop collaboration and cooperation.

SPEAKER
Mohammed Basheer | University of Manchester

TITLE
Understanding the potential impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on floods in Sudan

ABSTRACT
This presentation analyses the potential implications of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) for floods in Sudan and recommends measures for mitigating the associated challenges. First, the types of floods in Sudan and the spatial and temporal distributions of flood-affected people will be shown in order to put the potential flood impacts of the GERD into appropriate context. A daily river system model of the Eastern Nile is used to examine how the GERD’s operation would affect the occurrence of three flood alarm levels (alert, critical, and flooding) in Sudan downstream of the dam under multiple river flow sequences. A reconnaissance-level flood inundation model is developed for the Nile within Khartoum State (Sudan’s capital) to assess the GERD’s potential impacts on the flood extent in the state based on simulated flows from the river system model. Lastly, the potential adverse consequences of river flow alterations by the GERD are discussed.

Dial-In Information

Registration Link: https://fiu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUudO-pqzsrHNKd4PK-qGNLRf22Zpb0QnxJ