The First DESERVE Science Progress Meeting was held from 28 October to 30 October 2013 at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea, Sweimeh, Jordan. DESERVE welcomed representatives of the DESERVE partner institutions and members of external institutions.

More than 40 participants from Israel, Jordan, Germany and Palestine continued to develop the DESERVE research agenda by discussing the scientific questions addressed, by exchanging the scientific results of the first year of DESERVE and by coordinating coming research activities.

After the opening of the meeting by Prof. Christoph Kottmeier (scientific speaker of DESERVE, KIT), status quo presentations by the work package leaders informed on the current project state, as well as on the people and institutes involved.
On the second conference day, 20 talks provided an insight into the already accomplished and planned research activities related to the interacting DESERVE disciplines meteorology, hydrology and geophysics.
Group meetings on sinkholes, flash flood warning, groundwater hydrology, meteorological field campaigns, as well as on education provided a framework to focus on a particular research topic as well as to discuss and plan an event or research campaign.
The First DESERVE Science Progress Meeting clearly demonstrated the high demand for an integrated approach of earth sciences, atmosphere and climate research as achieved with DESERVE to cope with the outstanding challenges environmental risks, water availability and climate change in the Dead Sea region.

Participants of the First DESERVE Science Progress Meeting.