5th International Conference on Water Resources and Arid
7-9 January 2013


  • Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW)
  • King Saud University, represented by the Prince Sultan Institute for Environmental, Water & Desert Research
  • Saudi Ministry of Water and Electricity


  • King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Duration of Conference:

  • 3 days - The awards ceremony for the 5th Award of the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water was held on the evening of 6 January 2013.

Conference Language:

  • English

Conference Objectives:

  • To provide a scientific framework for awarding the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water.
  • To exchange knowledge and share information in water resources and desert-related fields.
  • To explore the use of new technologies in the study of arid and semi-arid environments and their natural resources.
  • To provide an opportunity for decision makers, experts, and scientists to share their expertise in order to find integrative and comprehensive solutions for water resource problems.

Conference Topics:

I. Water Resources

  1. Innovative methods for rain and runoff water modeling
  2. Assessment and control of radioactive contamination in groundwater
  3. Innovative methods for water production from non-traditional water resources
  4. Remote sensing and GIS applications for water resources management
  5. Water harvesting and groundwater recharge

II. Water Conservation

  1. Water conservation in the agricultural, industrial and municipal sectors
  2. New technologies and methods for water conservation

III. Arid Environments

  1. Pollution of desert environments
  2. Climate change and its impact on the desert environment
  3. Plant cover in arid environments
  4. Conservation of biodiversity in arid environments
  5. Desertification and how to combat it

IV. Utilization of New Technologies in the Study of Arid Environments and their Natural Resources

  1. Remote sensing (systems and techniques)
  2. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
  3. Biotechnology
  4. Modern measuring systems and devices
  5. Utilization of sustainable energy in water resource development