The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea


DSPC – Groundbreaking risk assessment of rising levels in the Dead Sea


The Dead Sea Preservation Company (DSPC), a government-led organisation charged with preserving the Dead Sea, asked us to help identify and reduce the flood risk posed by rising sea levels.


The Challenge


The Dead Sea water level in Pan Number 5 is increasing by 20cm per year, posing risks to prime tourist sites on the western shoreline of the pan. We were asked by the Dead Sea Preservation Company (DSPC) to help identify and reduce risks to the hotels and other major infrastructure on the western shoreline.

Our Solution

Building on our considerable hydrological and flood modelling experience, we’ve undertaken a detailed, ongoing study of the precise water dynamics and risks within the area. Once identified, each risk is assessed in detail. It’s then ranked using a multidimensional scoring system which takes into account a multitude of local cost-benefit factors.
The techniques we use include risk probability and consequence assessments for all infrastructure elements. We then develop recommendations to help address and quantifiably reduce the risks. These recommendations include both initial actions as well as ongoing management and supervision guidelines.

The Outcomes

Our recommendations include short-term, cost-effective, risk reduction measures. But we’re also providing long-term solutions which help support the ongoing success and development of the local tourist industry and the community which supports it.

As a result, our clients have acquired a much more detailed understanding of the local water dynamics. This has helped them to obtain the permits they need to allow the annual raising of the Pan water level without creating unacceptable risks.

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The water surface level of the Dead Sea is the lowest natural land or water surface on Earth at more than 400 metres below sea level.


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