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This project is enhancing analyst and decision maker capacity to better prepare, respond and recover to floods. This project’s goal is to make progress towards a global system were flash flood risk can inform decision-making and action, to decrease the risk of socioeconomic impact on vulnerable populations. This will be done by building compendiums of information related to flood risks, create global flash flood risk maps and initialize the Ensemble Framework For Flash Flood Forecasting (EF5) model to evaluate historical skill.

Key Highlights Include

  • EF5 has been developed specifically for Ecuador  and work has begun on integrating Ecuador’s Instituto Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología (INAMHI data) into the EF5 model.
  • Working with the German Foreign Office and the Ecuador Red Cross Forecast-based financing program to develop EAP protocols for flash flooding within Ecuador.  Ecuador Red Cross has been providing critical socioeconomic data for the calibration and testing of the model.
  • Through a successful internship program, the project progressed on developing a systematic review of flash flood risk, vulnerability and impact as well as a improving the Flash Flood Compendium.

Peer Reviewed Papers

Claire Nauman, Eric Anderson, Erin Coughlan de Perez, Andrew Kruczkiewicz, Shanna McClain, Amanda Markert, Robert Griffin, Pablo Suarez. Perspectives on flood forecast-based early action and opportunities for Earth observations. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing.

Kruczkiewicz, A., Braun, M., McClain, S., Greatrex, H., Padilla, L., Hoffman-Hernandez, L., Siahaan, K., Nielsen, M., Llamanzares, B., Flamig, Z., 2019. “Moving from Availability to Use of Flood Risk and Flood Monitoring data to Inform Decision Making for Preparedness and Response” In the AGU Monograph book, Global Drought and Flood.