- 4th May 2018
- Posted by: Joanne Woodhouse
- Category: News
Floods and droughts are some of the most challenging environmental hazards. In 2017, their combined cost worldwide is thought to have reached more than 50 billion dollars.
Access to reliable reanalyses and forecasts of hydrological extremes could enable businesses to put in place measures to mitigate anticipated impacts whilst capitalising on potential opportunities.
The Hydrological services for business workshop will take place on the 8 and 9 of May 2018 at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF) in Reading.
Co-organised by ECMWF, the Copernicus Emergency Management Service and the University of Reading, the workshop is a unique opportunity for global businesses to meet the Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS) development team and influence the future shape of its hydrological services and forecasting products.
Flood Foresight pilot project
Through the Flood Foresight project we have already implemented a pilot project using data from the GloFAS for the Brahmaputra basin in India and Bangladesh. This pilot project produced daily probabilistic forecasts of flood inundation at 30-metre resolution up to 10-days in advance during the monsoon-related flood event in August 2017. As such, we have been invited to deliver one of the presentations as guest speakers.
“We are looking forward to show to the GloFAS community the outputs of Flood Foresight Brahmaputra Pilot project, explore other business opportunities and to contribute to the future development strategy for GloFAS” commented Beatriz Revilla-Romero, Flood Foresight project manager.
Flood Foresight is a globally-scalable operational system providing data on rainfall severity, flood inundation footprints and depth, and flood impacts. These datasets are updated at up to three hours’ frequency and allow rapid loss estimation for current and forecast flood states, supporting decision-making before, during and after major flood events.
Want to know more?
Email John Bevington and Beatriz Revilla-Romero for more information on Flood Foresight or about the project mentioned above.
Visit our Flood Foresight web page for more information about the benefits of Flood Foresight. Interested parties can also request a free demonstration of the system.