Announcement – “Flood Control and Water Management in Nabatean Petra” A Webinar by Professor Nizar Abu Jaber on October 19th, 2020

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October 15th, 2020

The Embassy of Jordan in Japan is delighted to announce that a webinar by Professor Nizar Abu Jaber on the fascinating subject of water management in Nabatean Petra will take place on Monday October 19th. The webinar is co-organized by the Embassy and Japan’s “National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)”

The Webinar is open for all to attend. So far we have confirmed participation of students from Japan’s GRIPS (, China’s Sichuan University, ( and Jordan’s German Jordanian University (GJU), in additions to others.

This is a unique opportunity for researchers, students, and experts who are interested in this subject to view the lecture and exchange views with Professor Nizar Abu Jaber. Active participation by all is  welcome and highly appreciated.

Date:  Monday October 19, 2020

Start time: 

Jordan: 10:00 am (EEST, UTC+3)

China: 3:00 pm (CST, UTC+8)

Japan: 4:00 pm (JST, UTC+9)

Duration:  Approximately 90 minutes including lecture and Q&A

Who should attend:  Anyone who is interested in archaeology, history, geology, Nabatean civilization and Petra, water management, flood control, disaster relief reduction (DRR), and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

To attend, registration is kindly required:

Webinar Program (Stated in Jordan Time – (EEST, UTC+3))

10:00  Opening Remarks by Professor Kenzo Hiroki (Moderator-GRIPS)

10:05  Welcome Remarks – Ambassador Lina Annab

10:15  Presentation by Dr. Nizar Abu Jaber

11:00  Q&A Session

11:20  Closing remarks by Prof Abu Jaber, School of Natural Resources Engineering and Management, Department of Civil& Environmental Engineering, German Jordanian University (GJU)

11:25  Closing remarks by Professor Kenzo Hiroki

11:30  End of Webinar

Brief Description:

Human interaction with and management of the difficult landscape of Petra is a testament to the ability of ancient civilizations to cope with water-related challenges. Poor data and the lack of modern heavy equipment or modeling tools were not an obstacle to effective flood control and water management. In this lecture, Professor Nizar Abu Jaber will present  an overview of the climate, geology and landscape of Petra, the Nabateans and their footprint on the region as well their flood and water control systems. This will be followed by a discussion about German Jordanian University (GJU)’s projects that are aimed to better understand the hydrology of the area, mimic the flood control technology and explore how the lessons learnt can be used in modern contexts.

Short Biography of Professor Nizar Abu Jaber:

Current position: Professor at the German Jordanian University and head of the Center for the Study of Natural and Cultural Heritage – Previously Professor at Yarmouk University (Jordan).

Education: B.Sc. in Geology, University of Jordan

M.Sc. and Ph.D. in geology and geochemistry from North Carolina State University (USA)

Experience: 30 years in university teaching and research, with more than 50 peer reviewed journal articles in geology, hydrology, geoarchaeology and cultural heritage.

For more details, please visit the webpage of Dr. Abu Jaber: