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)


Within the first three-year phase (2016-2018), the objectives and goals of the Floods Working Group are to:

i. Share best practice of methodologies used by the various flood research communities in order to improve the quality of the flood records and reduce uncertainties in flood frequency analysis. This will include state-of-the-art publications of proxy-specific methods used by the various flood research communities.

ii. Intensify efforts regarding the quantitative calibration of past floods reconstructed from natural archives using instrumental (e.g. monitoring) and/or historical records. This will significantly improve the estimation of flood risk (for stakeholders such as local authorities, governments and insurance companies) especially related to damaging extreme and rare floods.

iii. Compile published data sets on floods for open-access archiving in order to facilitate the visibility of existing data and their inter-comparison.

iv. Test and identify optimal statistical tools for flood-risk analysis. This will lead to a more accurate knowledge and a better comparability of results.

v. Promote collaboration between flood scientists and specialists in the fields of statistics, climate dynamics and modeling to examine and model atmospheric processes and hydrological conditions leading to extreme floods in different climatic and geographical settings.