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