Global Flood Partnership Conference 2022
Hosted by our University of Leeds team
07 October 2022
Our University of Leeds team, in partnership with the Water Security Hub, were delighted to welcome over 80 international delegates to Leeds for this year’s Global Flood Partnership (GFP) Annual Conference. The theme this year was ‘Floods and People: Health, Food, Climate, Conflict and Migration’, with delegates coming together to discuss how best to encourage dialogue between researchers, scientists, and users. Topics also included how flood modelling tools and expert knowledge can work in synergy to provide key information to emergency managers at different stages before, during, and after severe floods.
Dr Carolina Montoya Pachongo, of the Hub Leeds team, provided a plenary talk on her research, ‘A multidimensional approach to assess water-security risks in river basins’. Fellow Hub researcher, Mark Bernhofen, also delivered a presentation, and delegates enjoyed a tour of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme from Jonathan Moxon, Flood Risk Manager, Leeds City Council.
The water@leeds organising team was led by Mark Trigg, who is a member of the GFP steering committee water@leeds Associate Director for Research. The planning and logistics for the event were coordinated by Ann Marie Boyle and Gabriela Lopez. Special thanks to our volunteers who supported this event: Andy Carr, Zhe Zhan, Hang Wu, Ben Maybee, and Amrie Singh.
Each year, floods cause devastating losses and damage across the world. Growing populations in ill-planned flood-prone coastal and riverine areas are increasingly exposed to weather extremes. With more lives and assets at risk, governments, banks, international development and relief agencies, and private firms are increasingly investing in flood reduction measures. However, in many countries, the flood risk is not managed optimally due to the lack of data and scientific methods or communication gaps between science and risk managers.
The Global Flood Partnership is a multi-disciplinary group of scientists, operational agencies and flood risk managers focused on developing efficient and effective global flood tools that can address these challenges. Its aim is to establish a partnership for global flood forecasting, monitoring and impact assessment to strengthen preparedness and response and to reduce global disaster losses.