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Student Exchange Program in Jordan (July 20-Aug. 19, 2012)

July 20, 2012

Joseph Monical, a PhD student from University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (UIUC) is currently conducting his research on “Performance and vulnerability assessment with scenario ensemble uncertainty analysis of proposed rainwater harvesting strategies in the Mharib watershed and the Badia region of Jordan”. Joseph’s research will consider historical and projected small scale weather data from downscaled climate model ensembles to assess the future performance and vulnerability of watersheds targeted for interventions, both under current baseline practices and the proposed implementation of rainwater harvesting strategies. In addition to support from his university, Joseph will benefit from the expertise of WLI partners including scientists from ICARDA and the National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE), as well as his collaboration with the University of Jordan. Joseph’s work compliments on-going research on “Application of SWAT Model to study the effects of water harvesting interventions on soil erosion and crop productivity in an arid environment in Jordan” by MSc student Lubna Mahasneh from the University of Jordan.