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    Flood costs are on the rise, but damage can be reduced
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    Floods are the largest natural hazard to life,
    property and the environment in Canada
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    Flood risk reduction strategies can minimize flood impacts to people and society
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    FloodNet will prepare Canada to better face the realities of flooding
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    Reducing flood risk while considering the ecological benefits of flooding

Over the last five decades, floods have been the deadliest natural disaster in the world after earthquakes and tsunamis, affecting millions of people worldwide. In Canada, floods are recognized as the most common, largely distributed, natural hazard to life, property, the economy, community/industry water systems, and the environment

FloodNet - an NSERC Canadian Strategic Network

- a vehicle for a concerted nation-wide effort to enhance flood forecasting and management capacity in Canada -

FloodNet is led by Professor Paulin Coulibaly and is based at McMaster University in Hamilton,  Canada.







The NSERC Canadian FloodNet will develop advanced knowledge, tools, and technologies that will allow Canada to better face the reality of floods.

The FloodNet research team includes well established researchers who are all experts in their disciplines, and operational end-users and decision makers at various levels of government. The team brings essential complementary expertise to the Network.

To achieve the network vision, complex fundamental and applied research problems, grouped into four inter-related research themes, will be addressed:

Theme 1:    Flood Regimes in Canada: Learning from the Past and Preparing for the Future.

Theme 2:    Quantifying and Reducing the Predictive Uncertainty of Floods.

Theme 3:    Development of Canadian Adaptive Flood Forecasting and Early Warning System (CAFFEWS).

Theme 4:    Risk Analysis of Physical, Socio-Economic, and Environmental Impacts of Floods.


Recent News

State of Floods in Southern Ontario and Across Canada
Oct 13, 2016 - 26 October, 2016 at 7:00pm - McMaster Innovation Park Dr. Coulibaly will be the Keynote at a McMaster Centre of Climate Change public lecture. The keynote will be followed by a panel discussion with Drs. Arain, Guo and Yiannakoulias from FloodNet.
Upcoming CWRA Conference
May 25, 2016 - The 69th CWRA Conference will take place on May 25-27, 2016 at the Hotel Bonaventure Montreal, located in the heart of downtown Montreal.
Upcoming MIKE IPO Seminars
Mar 24, 2016 - DHI will be hosting two seminars at McMaster University for FloodNet. They will demonstrate MIKE INFO, PLANNING AND OPERATIONS and provide some basic training on adapter development.
New IBC Flood Model Shows 1.8M Canadian households at 'very high risk'
Feb 4, 2016 - The Insurance Bureau of Canada announced a new flood model on Feb 1 as part of CatIQ's C4 Conference on Canadian Catastrophes. The announcement was made during a panel discussion featuring FloodNet Manager Dr. Kornelsen.