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

Mar 2011
Ispra, IT

2011 International Workshop on Global Flood Monitoring and Forecasting

From 22 to 24 March 2011, the International Workshop on Global Flood Monitoring and Forecasting gathered 20 scientific experts and 4 humanitarian organisations and 2 insurance groups to discuss the state of the art in this new and multi-disciplinary field.

The principle objective of the workshop was to bring all scientists working on global flood monitoring as well as the user community together and gain a common understanding of the state of the art. A second objective was to identify if and how the various existing prototype, pre-operational or operational systems can be conceptually and practically integrated to provide systems-of-systems with added value.


Scientific community (11)
- G. Robert Brakenridge, Colorado University, Director of Flood Observatory 
- Fritz Policelli, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Centre
- Robert Adler, Maryland University, Washington DC, USA
- Chris Chiesa, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Information Officer, Pacific Disaster Centre, Hawaii, USA
- Adriana Albanese, Andrea Ajmar, Franca Disabato, Ithaca, Italy
- Florian Pappenberger, European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts
- Nathalie Voisin, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, University of Washington Princeton
- Ulrich Looser, Global Runoff Data Centre
- Marco Kleuskens, Deltares, Netherlands

User group (7)
- Jens Mehlhorn, Director, Head of Flood Group, Swiss Re
- Timothy Fewtrell, Willis
- Frederic Zanetta, Disaster Information Senior Officer, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
- Thomas Peter, Head GDACS Secretariat, Chief Emergency Response Coordination Centre, United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- Olimpia Imperiali, European Commission Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (Monitoring and Information Centre)
- Lara Prades and Marion Cezard, World Food Program

Joint Research Centre
- Tom De Groeve, Critech Action, Global Flood Detection System
- Delilah Al Khudhairy, Head of Global Security and Crisis Management Unit
- Alessandro Annunziato, Head of Crisis Management and Monitoring Technologies (Critech) Action
- Stefano Paris, Critech Action
- Luca Vernaccini, Critech Action
- Pamela Probst, Critech Action
- Andreas Hirner, Critech Action

- Ad de Roo, Head of Floods Action
- Peter Burek, Floods Action
- Jutta Thielen, Floods Action
- Vera Thiemig, Floods Action


Workshop actions

·         List of presentations to be shared among participants: on ftp site and on web site (28 March 2010)

·         List of relevant publications for each system to be shared: on web site (1 April 2010)

·         List of URLs to products; access to restricted products under certain conditions

o   Real-time products; real-time data

o   Flood scenarios (Swiss Re)

o   Seasonal and Hazards Calendar WFP (on web site 1 April 2010)

o   Data archives: Dartmouth Flood Observatory (on DFO homepage 24 March 2010)

o   Data archives: NASA

·         Map and grid of systems: the draft documents can be commented: part of final outcome document (14 April 2010)

·         List of critical data sources will be compiled by Ithaca

·         Special issue in Journal of River Basin Management or other journal: description of state of the art.


Starting time: Tue, 03/22/2011 - 09:00
Ending time: Thu, 03/24/2011 - 18:00
City: Ispra, IT
Address: Joint Research Centre


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