How is Flood Foresight aiding effective flood management around the world?

Flood events are the most frequently occurring natural disaster globally, impacting lives, homes, businesses, and infrastructure. Key to reducing this devastation is the effective flood management provided by Flood Foresight.

Flood Foresight is a one-of-a-kind flood forecasting and monitoring system, providing near real-time and forecast rainfall and flood data to understand potential flood impacts.

Developed by our team of in-house experts, Flood Foresight is used around the world and across a number of sectors including insurance, utilities and civil contingencies. Tailored to meet each individual client’s needs, the software combines forecasting, monitoring, river telemetry, modelling, mapping, and safety alerting.

Due to the nature of flood management no two projects are ever the same, requiring an innovative approach and diverse use of the technology. The featured projects below demonstrate the variety of ways Flood Foresight is being used around the world.

Analysing Storm Desmond using Flood Foresight Analysing Storm Desmond using Flood Foresight

Storm Desmond swept across the UK in December 2015 bringing severe gales with gusts up to 81mph and record-breaking rainfall to large parts of the nation.

The torrential rainfall caused severe disruption, flooding over 5,000 homes across Lancashire and Cumbria and cutting off power to more than 100,00 homes across England. Major roads were flooded across the north of England and Scotland and large-scale disruption was seen across the rail networks.

Using Flood Foresight we were able to retrospectively analyse Storm Desmond to develop future response actions. The data gathered provided a comprehensive overview of the storm event and as a result we were able to record real-time and forecast flood maps, before, during and after the flood events.

With this information we were able to create an operational rainfall and flood forecasting and monitoring system, consistent methodologies and data for (trans)national flood inundation and impact analysis and a framework for flood forecasting to make use of the best available data: flood maps, gauge data, forecast data, Earth observation data.

Read more about this project here.

Research on combining modelling and satellite data for flooding for parametric insurance

Research on combining modelling and satellite flood data This project with the World Bank, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery undertook research and development to establish methodologies that complement the use of satellite imagery with data derived from flood model simulations and ground-based measurements.

The challenge was to improve the calculation methodologies used in parametric and index-based insurance programmes, to ensure that areas affected by natural disasters received a quick injection of cash to help participating governments deliver relief efforts as quickly as possible.

As a result of research, we proposed four potential methodologies for combining satellite-derived data with data from telemetered gauges and hazard data models to estimate population affected by flooding.

With extensive experience in this area we were able to take an objective view on the options available and our client benefited from a highly customised set of solutions developed to meet their specific needs during a very short, time intensive project.

Read more about this project here.

Development of a flood impact forecasting system for humanitarian early actions in the Indus River basin, Pakistan

Development of a flood impact forecasting system for humanitarian early actions, PakistanWe were selected by The Start Network to provide scientific modelling expertise to develop a real-time and forecast flood model for the Indus River basin.

The challenge was to develop a system to estimate population in districts of Pakistan that were forecast to be impacted by flooding at a range of timescales from 1-day to 1-month ahead.

Our solution was to draw on several existing models and datasets to deploy an initial flood impact forecasting system. We used the JBA Global Flood Model to quantify flood risk to population through a probabilistic catastrophe risk model, resulting in outputs such as Annual Average Loss by district, Event Loss Tables and Exceedance Probability.

As a result, this fully-automated early warning system is providing the Start Network and its members with daily forecasts of flood conditions, on which a series of anticipatory actions are being devised.

Read more about this project here.

Want to know more?

On 15 June we are hosting a virtual event for invited guests from the transport, utilities and insurance sectors, local authorities and academia, to demonstrate Flood Foresight’s surface water flood forecasting and early warning system, showcasing its ability to provide asset owners/managers with unique insight into flood events through a case study supported by Network Rail.

For more information visit the Flood Foresight webpage.



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