It couples state-of-the art weather forecasts with an hydrological model. Find out more!

Global Flood Awareness System in a nutshell

The Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS), jointly developed by the European Commission and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), is independent of administrative and political boundaries. It couples state-of-the art weather forecasts with a hydrological model and with its continental scale set-up it provides downstream countries with information on upstream river conditions as well as continental and global overviews.

  • GloFAS produces daily flood forecasts in a pre-operational manner since June 2011
  • GloFAS has shown its potential during the floods in Pakistan in August 2013 or in Sudan in September 2013
In its test phase this global forecast system was able to predict floods up to two weeks in advance. The European Commission - Joint Research Centre (JRC) will now continue with further research and development, rigorous testing and adaptations of the system to create an operational tool for decision makers, including national and regional water authorities, water resource managers, hydropower companies, civil protection and first line responders, and international humanitarian aid organisations.

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Prototype for social media analysis for flood events

This example shows an aggregated 24 hours filtered flood signal from Twitter for 24th of July 2013 in form of a heat map (read color=high signal). It is considered as a valid signal Twitter messages containing top 25 bigrams extracted from Twitter streaming over the last 10 days prior to the day of 24 hourly analysis.

Hover the map and zoom in with mouse wheel!