Flash floods are among the world’s deadliest natural disasters with more than 5 000 lives lost annually. Their social, economic and environmental impacts are significant. Accounting for approximately 85% of flooding cases, flash floods also have the highest mortality rate among different classes of flooding, including riverine and coastal. Flash floods differ from river floods in their short time scales and occurrence on small spatial scales, which makes flash flood forecasting a different challenge from large-river flood forecasting.
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More countries must urgently adopt and improve early warning systems to reduce risks from an increasing number of climate hazards and other disasters across the world, a UN forum has concluded. This reaffirms the importance of one of WMO’s top priorities – to ensure universal access to early warning services in the next five years.
The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) called on countries to “Think Resilience”...
The World Meteorological Organization together with the Indonesia Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) and a wide range of partners are sponsoring a major international conference designed to boost action and build resilience against major hazards that cause billions in economic losses and claim thousands of lives each year.
The drive for universal coverage and protection by Early Warning services - one of the most effective forms of climate adaptation both in terms of saving lives and economic benefits - has been injected with a new sense of urgency.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres tasked the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to draw up a blueprint in the next six months to ensure that Early Warning Systems reach everyone within...
During the RAV Session (September 1-3, 2021), a special side event explored the needs, the gaps and identified priorities in ocean matters for this unique ‘Oceania’ region. Over 150 participants joined, beginning the conversation about a regional ‘roadmap’ for collaboration on ocean matters. This was timely after the official start of the UN Ocean Decade of Science for Sustainable Development(2021 to 2030) .
The ocean covers over 70% of the planet and produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen. It drives our weather and climate, is home to most of earth’s biodiversity and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world. The “blue economy,” which is estimated at US$ 3-6 trillion/year, accounts for more than three quarters of world trade and providing livelihoods for over...