Title: Current status on flood forecasting and early warning in Africa
Citation: International Journal of River Basin Management vol. 9 no. 1 p. 63-78
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC61441
ISSN: 1571-5124 (print), 1814-2060 (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC61441
DOI: 10.1080/15715124.2011.555082
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: An overview of the current state of flood forecasting and early warning in Africa is provided in order to identify future user needs and research. Information was collected by reviewing previously published research in the scientific literature and from institutional websites. This information was supplemented by data collected from a questionnaire sent to hydrological and meteorological institutions that were identified as potentially dealing with flood management issues in Africa. Results show that there are a significant number of institutional flood forecasting initiatives ongoing in Africa, but information regarding many of these initiatives is not easily accessible. Second, there is a clear need for improved flood forecasting and early warning in Africa. Third, the dissemination of existing flood forecasts and warnings to end-users and the public could be improved. It should be noted, however, that due to the difficulty in obtaining information regarding flood forecasting in Africa, the overview presented by the authors might be an underestimation of the current situation. Finally, the authors demonstrate the importance of developing a complementary flood forecasting and early warning system.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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