Let’s take action now before it’s too late!

National and regional governments, local authorities and communities, water corporations, and scientists must collaborate urgently to enhance flood prevention, warning, coordination, and emergency management tools at the local level in disaster risk reduction programs. The necessity for immediate action became obvious following the flooding events that occurred around the world in 2021. Many people worldwide … Read more

Measuring inequality in community resilience to natural disasters using large-scale mobility data

The scientific journal Nature has recently published an article under the title Measuring inequality in community resilience to natural disasters using large-scale mobility data[1]. In it, a team of researchers – Boyeong Hong, Bartosz J. Bonczak, Arpit Gupta & Constantine E. Kontokosta – have developed a generalizable method that uses large-scale Smartphone geolocation data to … Read more

Floods and slides in Indonesia and Timor: displaced peopel as a result of natural disasters

Indonesia has suffered 1.030 natural disasters so far in 2021, including earthquakes, floods, landslides, fires and tornadoes, which, not counting the victims of the lates floods, caused 282 deaths. Landslides and flash floods are frequent in the Indonesian archipelago, especially in the rainy season.  Environmental defenders claim that deforestation favors these catastrophes. The National Disaster … Read more

Reflecting on French Flood Policy in the Pays de la Loire Region

In the French Pays de la Loire region, where AA-Floods partner Université de Nantes is located, heavy rains in early- to mid-February caused flooding or evacuations due to flood risk in the towns of Ancenis, Rochefort-sur-Loire, several towns in the Vendée department, and towns in the wetlands southwest of Nantes, among others. Warnings issued on … Read more

The MaxEnt Methodology in Generating Multiple Hazard Maps for Floods

The article Evaluation of multi-hazard map produced using MaxEnt machine learning technique, published las March in the journal Nature, proposes the elaboration of maps of multiple hazards from the use of the MaxEnt* methodology (Maximum Entropy) for the identification of areas sensitive to large-scale hazards. As explained in the Nature article: “Maximum entropy has been … Read more

VIRTUAL REALITY, an effective pedagogical tool to inform and sensitize citizens about floods

The new technological resources that we have available on our mobile devices, especially virtual reality and augmented reality, allow us to disseminate relevant and useful information to a greater number of recipients, and to raise awareness on topics of general and particular interest. Accessibility to that information is key: The channel used and how it … Read more

2019-2020 UK Flooding – An overview

Between November 2019 and February 2020, severe winter flooding occurred across the United Kingdom. Following the first wave in November, isolated incidents were reported in December and January, before the second main wave of flooding, caused by Storms Ciara and Dennis, occurred in February 2020, exacerbated by already very wet antecedent conditions. February rainfall was the highest since records began, in … Read more

The electricity grid, another risk factor to consider in floods

In the article, Electrical Grid Risk Assessment Against Floodin in Barcelona and Bristol Cities, published in MPDI and also disseminated from the European rescUE Project, it is explained in this scientific article how the electricity grid is exposed to suffer the consequences of floods in urban and peri-urban areas, since these have been designed taking … Read more

Floods in Europe in 2020: effects and consequences

Recent work published by the German observatory Germanwatch, GLOBAL CLIMATE RISK INDEX 2021. Who suffers the most from extreme weather events?. Climate-related loss events in 2019 and 2000-2019, shows how storms and their direct consequences -precipitations, floods and landslides- were one of the main causes of loss and damage in 2019, base don the analysis … Read more

2020, record year in number of floods in Europe

In January 2021 the European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) publishes an interesting article on its website in which it takes stock of formal, informal and flash flood notifications throughout 2020 bse on the work carried out by Eric Sprokkereef, from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (RWS). Figure 1: Number of EFAS formal (red), … Read more