National adaptation and mitigation policy decisions need to be based on high-quality climate information. CLIMANDES is being implemented as part of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). Implemented as a Swiss-Peruvian twinning project, it seeks to improve climate services for Peru and train students and professionals in meteorology and climatology. As such, the initiative will result in socio-economic benefits for numerous economic sectors and for society at large.
Flash floods are among the world’s deadliest natural disasters with more than 5,000 lives lost annually and result in significant social, economic and environmental impacts. 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.