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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

FloodNet Session @ AGU 2018
Jun 27, 2018 - Submissions now open for FloodNet session @ AGU
Registration for the 2018 FloodNet AGM now open
Apr 16, 2018 - The 2018 AGM will take place June 18-20 in Quebec City at Laval University.
FloodNet News Volume 2 now available.
Apr 16, 2018 - Check it out for updates on upcoming events and research.
FloodNet - UNU-INWEH Joint Science to Policy Workshop
Apr 13, 2018 - Research summaries available.
There will be floods — and Ontario’s not ready for them
Mar 16, 2018 - FloodNet researchers featured in article about the susceptibility of Ontario's infrastructure to flooding.
Dr. Gan Awarded ASET Technical Excellence Award
Apr 3, 2017 - FloodNet Investigator Dr. Thian Gan of the University of Alberta was awarded the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals 2017 Technical Excellence Award on March 31, 2017.
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.