Global Floods Initiative

An End-to-End Approach to Managing Extreme Floods

The Columbia Global Floods Initiative is a unique initiative developing enhanced prediction models for extreme floods and how they impact regions as well as supply chain networks. A key aspect deals using a dynamic risk paradigm to predict and manage flood risk in the face of climate change.  Climate-informed, regularly updated flood risk projections are being developed at a global scale.

The Global Floods Initiative takes a comprehensive, end-to-end approach to managing extreme flood impacts—an approach that integrates short- to long-term climate forecasting, reservoir design and operations, land use considerations, disaster preparedness and response, supply-chain risk analysis along with new insurance and other financial instruments to help the most economically vulnerable.

Truly multidisciplinary, the initiative integrates the expertise of leading environmental and industrial engineers, in partnership with private companies from manufacturing and insurance industries, government agencies, and international organizations.

A comprehensive climate risk management strategy

Projects

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Water Research and Flood & Erosion Risk Mitigation Planning in Assam

Large-scale hydrology experts at the CWC are providing the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) with flood forecasting system to improve response and recovery from flood and erosion events.

 

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Climate Predictability of Extreme Floods

It is critical for scientists to develop a better understanding of the structure and predictability of the specific climate factors that lead to extreme floods, especially in an era of human caused climate change.

 

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Managing Water Risks through the Supply Chain

The CWC is using the multi-disciplinary expertise of environmental and industrial engineers to investigate the impact of floods on supply chain networks.

 

 

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Floods in South America with Focus on Brazil

In order to reduce the negative impacts of floods, CWC scientists analyze data, and observe streamflow levels and precipitation patterns to better understand the causes of major weather events in Brazil.

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 Moisture Fluxes – France

In France, floods are the most common and financially devastating of all natural disasters. Since these events have such a large impact on the economy, CWC interns are studying the linkages between floods and atmospheric rivers in order to be able to predict floods in the future.

 


Publications

For additional relevant papers, click here. If you have any questions or would like to correspond with the Columbia Water Center on flood- or disaster-related research, please contact Masa Haraguchi.