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.
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts; European Commisson
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