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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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

The MaxEnt Methodology in Generating Multiple Hazard Maps for Floods

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 ...

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

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 ...

2019-2020 UK Flooding – An overview

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 ...

Floods in Europe in 2020: effects and consequences

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), ...

2020, record year in number of floods in Europe