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2017 GFP Conference
 

2017 GFP Conference

 

Global Flood Partnership 2017 Conference

Registration Open!


Dear All,

We are pleased to announce that the next Global Flood Partnership meeting will take place on 27 - 29 June 2017 in Tuscaloosa (AL), USA, hosted by NOAA - Office of Water Prediction - National Water Center in collaboration with UCAR/COMET and the University of Alabama.

The objective of the Global Flood 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. It brings together all relevant communities (from scientific, government, humanitarian, and private stakeholders) to provide operational, globally-applicable flood forecasting, monitoring and risk evaluation tools and services to complement and provide added value to national capabilities.

This year’s theme is “From hazards to impacts” and participants will have the opportunity to showcase their latest relevant research and activities. As usual, we will review the advances and success stories of the Partnership and discuss the next steps to further strengthen the GFP.
As in the past meetings there will be various opportunities for participants to present their work, exchange ideas, and turn it into a lively and successful meeting. This includes a "Marketplace of Ideas" session, "Ignite" talks, Problem-solving session, workshops, poster pitch session and breakout groups.

There is no registration fee. Note: the number of participants is limited based on available resources. If the number of participants registering for the GFP Conference 2017 surpasses the limit set by the venue capacity (around 100 people) the steering committee will make a selection, based on the proposed contributions to the agenda of the meeting.

PLEASE REGISTER USING THIS LINK.

Please note that the form cannot be saved half-way through the completion; you’ll have to advance through all sections and then click on “Submit”. When submitting, however, you will be shown a link “Edit your response” that you should keep. Through this link you will be able to re-visit your submitted data and modify or add details, until the registration deadline.

DEADLINE FOR THE REGISTRATION:  8 May 2017
The details of the meeting including a draft agenda and logistic information (hotel reservation, airport transport, bus shuttle, etc.) can be found here and will be regularly updated: http://gfp.jrc.ec.europa.eu/Conferences/2017-GFP-Conference

We look forward to seeing you all in Tuscaloosa!

If you have any question please contact a GFP Steering Committee member (see below).

Feel free to circulate this email to any interested colleagues. 

Kind regards,

The Global Floods Partnership Steering Committee, 

Sagy Cohen (Host) sagy.cohen@ua.edu
Yang Hong yanghong@ou.edu
Ana Prados aprados@umbc.edu
 

GFP 2017 Logistical Information:

Venue

The meeting will take place at the University of Alabama (UA), Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. The meeting venue is the North Lawn Hall (NLH; https://goo.gl/maps/mceJVMDRe422) on the UA campus, 2-min walk from the National Water Center (NWC; http://water.noaa.gov). Parking is available near the NLH but require a daily pass (available upon request from Sagy Cohen - sagy.cohen@ua.edu).  

Accommodation

Rooms were reserved in three hotels in downtown Tuscaloosa. Participants should book their own accommodation. Discounted rates are available until June 5th.

  • Home2 - $129 per nigh not including tax, breakfasts included
  • Hotel Indigo - $129 per nigh not including tax 
  • Embassy Suites - $129 per nigh not including tax, breakfasts and evening receptions included

Shuttles will be provided from these hotels to the conference venue in the mornings and back at the end of each day. Taxi services and Uber are available for off-schedule travel.  

Transportation

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BMH) is the closest major airport to Tuscaloosa (1-hour drive). Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the closest major hub (4-5 hour drive). There are frequent flights from Atlanta, as well as other airports, to BMH. 

Ground transportation from/to BMH includes: 

Tuscaloosa from/to the Birmingham Airport (suggested services):
•    Scuttle Shuttle: ($45 one-way) (205) 471-7433
•    Uber ($85-$100)
•    Crown Limo and Sedan Services: (205) 758-3875 (advance reservation required)
•    Ambassador Limo Service: (205) 556-5466 (advance reservation required)
•    Prestige Limo Service: (205) 333-9879 (advance reservation required)

Car Rentals at Birmingham Airport: http://www.flybirmingham.com/flying-in/ground-transportation/rental-cars/  

Taxi Service from Birmingham Airport to Tuscaloosa:
•    Birmingham Door to Door: (205) 591-5550
•    Executive Shuttle Network: (205) 702-4566
•    Ambassador Limo Service: (205) 556-5466