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Floods WG workshop: Floods hazard in a warmer world: insight from past flood records

Dates:
11.11 - 13.11.2019  
Venue:
Geneva, Switzerland
Contact person:
J-A Ballesteros Canovas, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PAGES' Floods Working Group will hold a workshop, titled "Floods hazard in a warmer world: insight from past flood records", from 11-13 November 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Venue

University of Geneva

Logistics

This is the first workshop of the second phase of the Floods Working Group. Numbers will be limited to 30 researchers. The idea of this workshop is to update the different work packages described in the White Paper of the FWG.

Any interested scientist can apply to attend. The selection, if necessary, will be based on the suitability of the proposed contribution to the themes. We specially will favor researchers coming from developing countries and early-career scientists.

Description

The second phase of the FWG was launched in January 2019 and aims to develop the specific goals defined within each work package (see White Paper), with a special emphasis on engaging younger researchers.

This workshop will constitute the first important meeting of the second phase of the FWG, allowing us to update and make progress on the performed activities so far. Specifically, we expect:

1. To contribute to assess changes in frequency and magnitude of floods during dissimilar cold(warm)/dry(wet) climate periods.

2. To advance the methods for data integration from different archives. Several challenges related to this topic have been identified (FWG Work Package 2).

3. To find common strategies to include past flood records in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies. This is motivated by the interest of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) on the added value of paleo floods archives for DRR (FWG Work Package 3).

Program

Three sessions are planned.

Day 1: Recording changes in flood activity
Day 2, morning: Data integration in paleohydrology
Day 2, afternoon: The added value of paleohydrology in Disaster Risk Reduction
Day 3, morning: Summarize and next steps

Pre-meeting plans

Before the physical meeting, organizers will be in contact with participants to collect key information that will help prepare and contribute to achieve the goals of each session. This will be carried out by a questionnaire and the creation of a literature database.

Goals

The main product of the workshop will be to produce a high impact paper on the floods activity in a warmer world, which will also serve as a basis for a Floods Working Group contribution to the IPCC AR6.

One of the goals of this workshop is to call for extensive data collection, which will be used for support of the IPCC AR6. So far, we have collected a pool of paleoflood data, and related parameters (metadata).

Financial support

PAGES has provided some financial support to fund the attendance of several early-career researchers and researchers from less-favored countries. Details on how to apply for this support will be made available as soon as possible.

Registration

Information and deadlines will be made available as soon as possible.

Further information

Questions can be sent to the working group leaders:
Juan Antonio Ballesteros Canovas, UNIGE, Switzerland: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lothar Schulte, University of Barcelona, Spain: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bruno Wilhelm, Institute for Geosciences and Environmental Research, Grenoble, France: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.