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Kick Off of the Global Flood Partnership - 6 March 2014

On 6 March 2014, the Global Flood Partnership kicked off during the 4th meeting of the Global Flood Working Group. The Global Flood Partnership (GFP) is an informal network of scientists and practitioners from public, private and international organisations interested in global flood monitoring, modelling and forecasting.

The Global Flood Partnership will be organized around four main pillars: Observatory, Service and Tool Box, Flood Record and User Guidance. The working groups clarified issues and identified potential coordinators of the different pillars as well as various contributors.


The overall lead and coordination is ensured by the co-chairs: 

  • T. De Groeve (Joint Research Centre of the European Commission) and 
  • B. Brakenridge (Dartmouth Flood Observatory, University of Colorado)

Pillar coordinators

  • Global Flood Service and Toolbox Pillar: led by J. Thielen (Joint Research Centre of the European Commission) and H. Wilsemius (Deltares), contributions by K. Dobbs (University of Kansas), F. Pappenberger (ECMWF) and D. Kull (World Bank, GFDRR).
  • Global Flood Observatory Pillar: led by B. Brakenridge (DFO) and T. De Groeve (JRC)
  • Global Flood Record Pillar: led by R. Rudari (CIMA, Italy) and B. Brakenridge (DFO)  
  • User Guidance Pillar: led by T. De Groeve (JRC), with support of WMO

More information on the Global Flood Partnership Kick-Off meeting will be available soon.


The meeting of the Senior Officials of the Carnegie Group countries, the United Nations and the World Bank, organised by the JRC in December 2012, concluded that a new international impetus was needed to which the EU, the Carnegie Group countries and international organisations such as the United Nations and the World Bank, can contribute coherently in order to maximize the impact for citizens worldwide. One of the areas identified at the meeting where an international impetus can provide added value was partnerships in strategic areas for better efficiency. It was suggested that this could encompass a Global Multi-Hazard Partnership that builds upon international initiatives, regional networks and national mechanisms. As a concrete step in this direction a Global Flood Partnership is proposed. 

The overall objective of the Partnership is the development of flood observational and modelling infrastructure, leveraging on existing initiatives for better predicting and managing flood disaster impacts and flood risk globally. The Partnership shall achieve this through bringing together the scientific community, service providers (satellite and weather), national flood and emergency management authorities, humanitarian organisations and donors to provide operational, globally-applicable flood forecasting and monitoring tools and services, complementary to national capabilities. The Partnership aims to strengthen the sharing of hydro-meteorological data and information, foster in-country capacity building and improve flood risk management models and products.


Under the leadership of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and with the close collaboration of the Dartmouth Flood Observatory, key personnel from the international scientific community have met over the past 3 years to discuss global flood forecasting and monitoring systems within the framework of the Global Flood Working Group. During this period, the working group extended their dialogue to include international response organizations (including European Commission ECHO, World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (GFDRR), United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC)), national flood authorities (e.g., Brazil and Namibia) as well as meteorological authorities (including World Meteorological Organisation - WMO and European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts - ECMWF), and other public and private stakeholders in flood management (including reinsurance and the commercial space industry).

Drawing upon the recommendations of the meeting of the Senior Officials of the Carnegie Group countries, the United Nations and the World Bank, organised by the JRC in December 2012, the Global Flood Working Group concluded in their annual meeting in Washington, DC 2013, that dialogue must be turned into action to start building global flood forecasting and monitoring systems. The participants agreed that this can be accomplished by means of a Global Flood Partnership.


The vision of the Global Flood Partnership can be summarised as follows:

  • Scientific organisations that have developed the technological capabilities contribute with their research results (including data processing algorithms, new observational methods, etc.), and they provide the data and technical know-how needed for operational implementation.
  • Beneficiaries/end-users contribute with feedback to improve tools and make them fit for use. They also contribute with local or global flood monitoring expertise, e.g. sharing assessments of on-going floods with the partnership according to common standards.
  • Donors contribute with political support needed to translate demonstrated capability (e.g. some pilot projects already under way) into operational reality, with community-vetted data products that are subject to technical peer review and continued improvements.

Organisations involved in the Global Flood Partnership

The following organisations have attended Global Flood Partnership meetings:

  • Athena Global
  • California Institute of Technology (JPL)
  • Cemaden (Brazil)
  • Centre De Recherche Public-Gabriel Lippmann
  • Christian Aid
  • Cima Research Foundation
  • Dartmouth Flood Observatory and University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Deltares (Netherlands)
  • ESSIC, University of Maryland
  • European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
  • European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO)
  • European Commission Joint Research Centre
  • FM Global
  • European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Guy Carpenter & Company GmbH
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • HR Wallingford
  • Hydro-Logic Services LLP
  • HKV Consultants
  • ICF International
  • IH Cantabria
  • iMMAP
  • Imperial College London
  • Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
  • Information Technology for Humanitarian Assistance, Cooperation and Action (Ithaca)
  • Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • International Center for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM)
  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
  • Lake Chad Basin Commission
  • Loughborough University
  • Meteorological Connections, LLC
  • Ministry of planning and development - Regional Water Administration
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
  • NASA GSFC, Science Systems and Applications, Inc.
  • NASA Headquarters
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
  • National Centre for Atmospheric Sciences
  • Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency
  • NOAA/NCEP/CPC (National Centre for Environmental Prediction)
  • NOAA/NESDIS (National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service)
  • NOAA/NWS/OHD (National Weather Service)
  • Pacific Disaster Center
  • Pacific Northwest National Lab
  • Pakistan Meteorological Department
  • Practical Action UK
  • Princeton University
  • Riverside
  • São Paulo State University (UNESP)
  • Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
  • Swiss Re
  • UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • UCAD-Dakar-Senegal
  • UK Flood Forecasting Centre
  • UK Met Office
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Bristol - Willis Research Network
  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Maryland, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Washington
  • University of Massachusetts/World Bank
  • University of Reading
  • U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory
  • USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science
  • Vienna University of Technology, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation
  • Walker Institute
  • Water Resource Associates LLP
  • World Bank
  • World Bank GFDRR
  • World Meteorological Organization


Key documents

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