Flood Early Warning Systems: A Review of Benefits, Challenges and Prospects

Perera, Duminda, Seidou, Ousmane, Agnihotri, Jetal, Ramsy, Mohamed, Smakhtin, Vladimir, Coulibaly, Paulin and Mehmood, Hamid (2019). Flood Early Warning Systems: A Review of Benefits, Challenges and Prospects. UNU-INWEH Report Series. UNU.

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    Author Perera, Duminda
    Seidou, Ousmane
    Agnihotri, Jetal
    Ramsy, Mohamed
    Smakhtin, Vladimir
    Coulibaly, Paulin
    Mehmood, Hamid
    Title Flood Early Warning Systems: A Review of Benefits, Challenges and Prospects
    Series Title UNU-INWEH Report Series
    Volume/Issue No. 8
    Publication Date 2019-08-20
    Place of Publication Hamilton
    Publisher UNU
    Pages 30
    Language eng
    Abstract Despite widespread recognition of the importance of Flood Early Warning Systems (FEWS) for disaster risk reduction, there is a lack of information on their availability and status around the world, their benefits and costs, and challenges and trends associated with their development. This report contributes to bridging these gaps by analyzing the responses to a comprehensive online survey with over 80 questions on various components of FEWS (risk knowledge, monitoring and forecasting; warning dissemination and communication; and response capabilities), investments into FEWS, and their operational effectiveness, benefits, and challenges. FEWS were classified as technologically “basic”, “intermediate” and “advanced” depending on the existence and sophistication of FEWS` components such as hydrological data collection systems, data transfer systems, flood forecasting methods, and early warning communication methods. The survey questionnaire was distributed to flood forecasting and warning centers around the globe; the primary focus was developing and least-developed countries.
    Copyright Holder UNU-INWEH
    Copyright Year 2019
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9789280860962
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