American Univesity of Beirut

FAFS graduate student Chafik Abdallah wins second place in the BLF-IFI Climate Change Competition

​FAFS proudly congratulates engineer Chafik Abdallah (BS in Agriculture and Diploma of Ingenieur Agricole 2015, MS. Irrigation 2018) for winning the second place of the “BLF-IFI Climate Change Competition 2017-2018” for his research topic “Climate Change Adaptation and Crop Suitability Modelling for the Near East Region”. This research project is jointly supervised by his advisor Dr. Hadi Jaafar, Assistant Professor of Irrigation Engineering and Water Management in the Department of Agriculture at FAFS.

The aim of this research is to predict the suitability of the major crops at the basin and croplands level of Litani, Orontes, Jordan, Euphrates-Tigris and Nile River Basins using EcoCrop model by considering the precipitation and temperature thresholds using aggregation procedure. The significance of this study is to determine the changes in suitable areas for the cultivation and change in evapotranspiration and yield for the major crops of the Near East and find a correlation between a decrease/increase in suitability on one hand and decrease/increase in yield on the other hand.

A panel discussion “Green Buildings to Green Neighborhoods: Effective Tools to Fight Climate Change”, organized by Banque Libano-Francaise (BLF), was held at the International Beirut Energy Forum on September 19, 2017, at Le Royal Hotel Dbayeh. It was followed by the launch of the annual Climate Change Student Competition, organized by BLF and AUB’s Issam Fares Institute (IFI), addressed to AUB graduates under the theme “Climate Change and Land in the MENA region”. The top three research proposals were selected by a five-member jury of renowned scientists and practitioners from IFI, BLF, Ministry of Environment, Lebanese University and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO).

The “BLF-IFI Climate Change Competition” is a campus-wide event that focuses on graduate student research and provides them with the added incentive and opportunity to present innovative and multidisciplinary research ideas, from both applied and social sciences that are geared towards climate change in Lebanon and the region.

Three winners will have the opportunity to be invited to participate in the 24th Conference to the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Poland (Nov. – Dec. 2018) to present their work​.

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