Capture and retain heavy rainfall in Jordan

The Middle East is particularly affected by climate change effects and extreme weather events, such as droughts and heavy rainfall. In Jordan, repeated heavy rainfall events in recent years have led to flash floods with enormous damages. Minimizing such damages, but also maximizing the benefits of heavy rainfall via improved water retention in one of the most water-scarce countries in the world, is the research topic of CapTain Rain.

The project “CapTain Rain – Capture and retain heavy rainfalls in Jordan” is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the funding measure “CLIENT II – International Partnerships for Sustainable Innovation” in the context of the framework program “Research for Sustainable Development” (FONA). If you would like to learn more about the funding measure, watch the video of the CLIENT II YouTube channel with a short portrait of ongoing research projects in the MENA region.

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The 8th Europe Congress of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) took place in Lisbon from the 4th to the 7th of June 2024. It was organized by the Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC) of Portugal.  441 participants from 39 countries from a diverse spectrum of disciplines attended the conference. Among them from the CapTain Rain project Prof. Dr. Dörte Ziegler, Dr. Clara Hohmann and Christina Maus, all from the Koblenz University of Applied Sciences.


The European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2024, took place in Vienna and online from the 15th until the 19th of April 2024. Dr. Clara Hohmann from Koblenz University of Applied Sciences and Ahmad Awad from the Institute of Social-Ecological Research (ISOE) gave presentations about the ongoing research of the CapTain Rain project.


On the 11th and 12th of April 2024, the German project partners met at the head office of KISTERS AG in Aachen to present and discuss the latest results of the different work packages. The final project results were discussed in groups and ideas were collected for their presentation at the final event and for the handover to the Jordanian partners.