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Water Program in Middle East

Ronny Berndtsson

(Personal page, Professor, 50% at TVRL, 50% at CMES)

I received my Ph.D. in water resources engineering from Lund University, Sweden, 1988, with title:  Spatial hydrological processes in a water resources planning perspective: An investigation of rainfall and infiltration in Tunisia. At present I work mainly in collaboration projects regarding water resources development and management in the Middle East. During the last years I participated in two large EU-funded research projects in the Middle East: HYDROMED - Program of research on hill reservoirs in the semiarid Mediterranean and SOWAMED - Network for the exchange of methodologies and expertise on sustainable water management and land husbandry in the Mediterranean.

Current research

At present I participate in the research program Cooperation within the Middle East in the Contemporary World (MECW) for the sub-project Hydropolitics, security, and international law together with Department of Political Science, Lund University.

Other research projects I participate in are:

- Suez Canal University, Egypt, Pollution reduction in Cairo urban water system,

- Shiraz University, Iran, Artificial groundwater recharge in Southern Iran,

- Damascus University, Syria, Improved water management using modeling approach,

- Institut National de Recherche en génie rural,eaux et forêts, Tunisia, Erosion control to improve water management.

Related links: Centre for Middle Eastern Studies

In 2009 CMES received a Strategic Research Area grant for the Middle East in the Contemporary World (MECW). MECW is the largest research area at CMES and is composed of five research domains. In addition to MECW, CMES is host to several research projects with external financial support such as Student Mobility in Asia.

Details of each project refer to:


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