4th Meeting of the Global Flood Working Group

4th Meeting of the Global Flood Working Group

Contributed by Tom de Groeve

Attendance will be limited to around 70 participants, who will be selected based on their potential contributions to the Global Flood Partnership by the following criteria: (1) global or regional scope, (2) existing (sustainable) capacity, (3) interoperable/collaborative approach.
Attendance will be limited to around 70 participants, who will be selected based on their potential contributions to the Global Flood Partnership by the following criteria: (1) global or regional scope, (2) existing (sustainable) capacity, (3) interoperable/collaborative approach.

Application deadline 15 January 2014.

Each year, floods cause devastating losses and damage across the world. Growing population in ill-planned flood prone coastal and riverine areas are increasingly exposed to more extreme rainfall events.

With more population and economic asset at risk, governments, banks, international development and relief agencies, and private firms are investing in flood reduction measures. However, in many countries, the flood risk is not managed optimally because of lack of scientific data and methods or a communication gap between science and risk managers.

The Global Flood Working Group is a multi-disciplinary group of scientists, operational agencies and flood risk managers focused on developing efficient and effective global flood tools that can address these challenges. The goals of the group are:

  1. to develop and improve global flood forecasting and monitoring systems,
  2. to deploy these systems in a global flood observatory tracking floods in near real-time,
  3. to build a global flood record suitable for flood risk assessment and
  4. to make these tools available to organizations and countries that need them.

gdacs_logo_text_smallThe 4th Workshop of the Global Flood Working Group will be hosted by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, in Reading, United Kingdom, from 4 to 6 March 2014.

The aim of this year’s meeting is to build a Global Flood Partnership and to structure the many ongoing work and initiatives in a coordinated manner to develop prototype products and services useful for national hydro-meteorological services and international emergency response agencies.

  • For registration, please visit here.
  • For more details of venue please visit here.
  • For previous meetings and workshops, please visit us here.

Application deadline (using on-line template) is 15 January 2014.

Selection will be confirmed by 20 January 2014.

Also do not hesitate to register to the Google Group (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/global-flood-working-group) and participate in pre-workshop discussions.

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