Global Flood Partnership
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)
- 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.