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A collection of meetings, conferences and other events organized by members of the GFP or where the GFP is represented.

Nov 2020

Virtual GFP Conference

The Global Flood Partnership (GFP) is organizing four webinars as a replacement for the GFP annual in person meeting. These 2 hour long webinars (ZOOM meetings) are provided at no cost and take place November 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th at 3pm (UTC + 1 hour). See sessions description below.

You have to register in advance for each of the four sessions separately:

Session 1: Global flood monitoring (EO) - Nov 4th 2020:


  1. Brian Lander / Margot Van der Velden – WFP, Nobel Peace Prize awardees 2020: 'Taking WFP flood impact prediction and mapping to the next level' YouTube video recording:
  2. David Borges – NASA: 'GEO and CEOS Flood Community Developments' YouTube video recording:
  3. Beth Tellmann – Cloud To Street: 'Leveraging machine learning and SmallSats to improve satellite flood detection: seeing through (thin) clouds and identifying new features' YouTube video recording:
  4. Marco Chini - Luxembourg Institute for Science and Technology (LIST): 'Sentinel-1 multitemporal InSAR coherence to map floodwater in urban areas' YouTube video recording:
  5. Peter Salamon - European Commission: 'The new Sentinel-1 based global flood monitoring system of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service' YouTube video recording:

Session 2: Global flood forecasting - Nov 11th 2020:


  1. Margaret Glasscoe – JPL NASA: Advancing Access to Global Flood Modeling and Alerting using the PDC Disaster AWARE Platform and Remote Sensing Technologies YouTube video recording:
  2. Ervin Zsoter - European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting: 'Global Flood Awareness System service evolution' YouTube video recording: 
  3. Sella Nevo – Google: 'Progress and challenges in high-accuracy flood forecasting on global scales' YouTube video recording:
  4. Huan Wu - Sun Yat-Sen University: 'Exploring the ENSO Impact on Basin-Scale Floods toward Better Monthly-to- seasonal Flood Forecast' YouTube video recording: 
  5. Kei Yoshimura - University of Tokyo: 'Predictability of the floods caused by Typhoon Hagibis in 2019 using Today's Earth' YouTube video recording:

Session 3: Global flood hazard and risk modeling - Nov 18th 2020:


  1. Lorenzo Alfieri - CIMA Foundation: Global modeling of seasonal mortality rates from river floods YouTube video recording:
  2. Brad Peter - University of Alabama: Google Earth Engine Implementation of the Floodwater Depth Estimation Tool (FwDET-GEE) for Rapid and Large Scale Flood Analysis YouTube video recording:
  3. Raphael Tshimanga - Congo Basin Water Resources Research Center: Mapping flood hazard and risk in the Congo Basin - the challenges of flood risk management in Africa YouTube video recording:
  4. Antara Dasgupta - Monash University: Leveraging Earth Observation and Data Assimilation for Improved Flood Inundation Forecasts YouTube video recording:

Session 4: Flood resilience - Nov 25th 2020:


  1. Colin McQuistan - Practical Action: A Simple Participatory Tool to Assess Community Flood Resilience YouTube video recording:
  2. Bayes Ahmed - Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London: Community Resilience to Flooding in Bangladesh YouTube video recording:
  3. Guy Schumann - United Nations World Food Programme: The Value of Drones for Bespoke Local Flood Risk Assessment in the Licungo Basin YouTube video recording:
  4. Jurjen Wagemaker - Ground Observations from the Media for Real-time and Historical Flood  Assessment YouTube video recording:


Session Description:
Global flood monitoring (EO) - Nov 4th 2020:
Despite much effort, monitoring floods and how floods evolve over time and space, is still a major challenge. This GFP session aims to review state-of-the-art in Earth Observations of flood methodologies and uncertainty assessments at different temporal and spatial scales. New findings on flood data fusion of various data sources (satellites, ground observations, drones), discussions on experimental to (semi) operational EO flood systems, and how best to provide flood information to the various end-users is of interest as well.

Global flood forecasting - Nov 11th 2020:
Global flood forecasting systems are an essential tool for improving flood risk management as they provide important complementary information through harmonized and river basin-wide predictions to a wide range of stakeholders from local to national authorities to international aid organizations. However, producing accurate and reliable forecasts globally, assimilating information from satellites or real-time observation networks, integrating impact forecasts or providing user-friendly visualisation products that enable better decision-making are only a few of the challenges in global flood forecasting with different lead times. This GFP session aims to present and review the latest developments, new approaches and datasets in the field of global flood forecasting.    

Global flood hazard and risk modeling - Nov 18th 2020:
Flood models are an integral tool for managing and reducing the risks associated with flooding. In the past decade, increased computing power and precision of remote sensing datasets has led to the development of global flood models. These models can provide flood hazard and risk maps in data-scarce countries where there is little local or national information about flood risk. In addition, they can be used for evaluating the benefits of flood protection investments globally or to determine changes in future flood risk due to climate change. This GFP session aims to present and review the latest developments, new approaches and datasets in the field of global flood hazard and risk modeling.

Flood resilience - Nov 25th 2020:
Flood vulnerability assessments help decision-makers and other stakeholders evaluate risk and consider the best options for adapting to the impact of flooding hazards. This session invites presentations on methodologies for measuring and mapping flood vulnerability. Presentations may address the physical (built and natural environment) and/or socio-economic vulnerability aspects for coastal or inland flooding. We also encourage submissions of real-life case studies on the implementation of these methodologies to build community resilience.


Starting time: Wed, 11/04/2020 - 15:00
Ending time: Wed, 11/25/2020 - 17:00
City: Online


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