The Need for a Regional Service to Monitor Flood Hazard Events in West Africa

Walz, Yvonne, Asare-Kyei, Daniel, Von Sassen, Stella and Renaud, Fabrice G., "The Need for a Regional Service to Monitor Flood Hazard Events in West Africa" in Regional Climate Change Series: Floods ed. Adegoke, Jimmy, Sylla, Mouhamadou B., Bossa, Aymar Y., Ogunjobi, Kehinde and Adounkpe, Julien (Accra: WASCAL, 2019), 20-34.

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  • Author Walz, Yvonne
    Asare-Kyei, Daniel
    Von Sassen, Stella
    Renaud, Fabrice G.
    Book Editor Adegoke, Jimmy
    Sylla, Mouhamadou B.
    Bossa, Aymar Y.
    Ogunjobi, Kehinde
    Adounkpe, Julien
    Chapter Title The Need for a Regional Service to Monitor Flood Hazard Events in West Africa
    Book Title Regional Climate Change Series: Floods
    Publication Date 2019
    Place of Publication Accra
    Publisher WASCAL
    Start page 20
    End page 34
    Language eng
    Abstract Flood hazard events have been reported to increase under conditions of climate change and put a heavy burden on people’s lives, livelihoods and on the economy. The overlap of frequently occurring hazards with exposed and vulnerable communities is indicating areas of highest risk and impacts due to floods. Currently, however, the information on hazard events is only collected through individual institutions with very different structures and methods regarding the data collection. This paper presents a practical experience with regards to collecting hazard event data in the West African region and discusses the need, but also the challenges of establishing a hazard event database. The collection of hazard event data in a structured and standardized manner is highly relevant to achieve an efficient and validated risk assessment on a regional level and allow well-informed initiatives towards disaster risk reduction.
    UNBIS Thesaurus FLOODS
    Keyword Loss and damage
    Copyright Holder WASCAL
    Copyright Year 2019
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISBN 9789988285364
    DOI 10.33183/rccs.2019.p20
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