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).

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The CapTain Rain project co-starred in the regional video for the MENA region produced by the funding initiative "CLIENT II - International Partnerships for Sustainable Innovations". The video was published on 17.10.2023. The recording is in German but you may enable English or Arabic subtitles.


On the 19th and 20th of September 2023, the German project partners met at PIK to present and discuss the latest results of the different work packages as well as the next steps of the integrated vulnerability assessment and scenario modelling. Members of the CapTain Rain team also participated in the WaX-Seminar, which took place on the 20th and 21st of September in Potsdam as well.


The CapTain Rain project participated in the 7th International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems (ISFF7). The event was held in Tlemcen, Algeria from June 5.-7. and was hosted by the Pan African University, Institute for Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES) and the EOLE Laboratory (Eau et Ouvrages dans Leur Environnement) of the University of Tlemcen. The symposium was an important opportunity for exchange and collaboration between scientists and practitioners mainly from the MENA-region.