Floods scientific goals

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Example of a destructive flood triggered by heavy precipitation, August 22-23, 2005, Sainte-Agnès, France. (Credit: D. Thillet)


The PAGES Floods Working Group (FWG) aims to coordinate, synthesize and promote data and results on the natural variability of paleofloods.

The overarching aim of the second phase of FWG is to follow up on the promotion and strength of the interdisciplinary collaboration started during the group's first phase, and more specifically, to develop the targets identified in each Work Package (see below).

Phase Two (2019-2021)

The goals of the second phase are:

i) To intensify efforts to collect, standardize and disseminate the collaborative Flood Database;

ii) To integrate pluri-archive flood time series and to share best practices of methodologies to statistically analyze paleoflood data;

iii) To improve engagement with stakeholders and policymakers.

To achieve these goals, the group is structured into three Work Packages:

> Work Package 1
Collecting, storing and sharing worldwide paleoflood data (and access the Floods Metadatabase)

> Work Package 2
Integrating and analyzing paleoflood data

> Work Package 3
Communicating and disseminating paleoflood science and data at different levels, including stakeholders

For each WP, key actions have been identified to enable significant progresses in the field and associated deliverables are expected in the coming year(s). WP coordinators are committed to stimulate and organize activities to fulfil these objectives. In particular, workshops and sessions in conferences will be organized to facilitate progress of WP activities.

Phase One (2015-2018)

During Phase 1, FWG worked as an excellent platform to promote collaboration among researchers from different disciplines, to foster scientific progress, and especially to help younger researchers learn from senior researchers.

The goals of the first phase were:

i) Providing regional to global analyses of the natural flood variability with a particular focus on the most extreme events;

ii) Promoting and disseminating historical and paleoflood science data at different levels, i.e. academic, engineers and stakeholders.