Floods scientific goals

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Example of a destructive flood triggered by heavy precipitation, August 22-23, 2005, Sainte-Agnès, France. (Credit: D. Thillet)


The PAGES Floods Working Group aims to coordinate, synthesize and promote data and results on the natural variability of paleofloods with the following overall goals:

i) Providing regional to global analyses of the natural flood variability with a particular focus on the most extreme events;

ii) Promoting and disseminating historical and paleoflood science data at different levels, i.e. academic, engineers and stakeholders.

To reach these goals, the group has been structured into three Work Packages:

> Work Package 1
Collecting, storing and sharing worldwide paleoflood data (and access the Floods Metadatabase)

> Work Package 2
Integrating and analyzing paleoflood data

> Work Package 3
Communicating and disseminating paleoflood science and data at different levels, including stakeholders

For each WP, key actions have been identified to enable significant progresses in the field and associated deliverables are expected in the coming year(s). WP coordinators are committed to stimulate and organize activities to fulfil these objectives. In particular, workshops and sessions in conferences will be organized to facilitate progress of WP activities.