IVM researcher Dr. Philip Ward demonstrates Aqueduct Global Flood Analyzer to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands attended the Global City Teams Challenge Expo at the National Building Museum in Washington DC as Honoured Guests.

06/12/2015 | 3:52 PM

 Photo: Dieuwke de Boer (D-taled)

At the Expo, Dr. Philip Ward of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of VU University Amsterdam (VU) demonstrated the Aqueduct Global Flood Analyzer to the King and the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders.

The Aqueduct Global Flood Analyzer is a first-of-its-kind interactive online platform that estimates current and future potential exposed GDP, affected population, and urban damage from river floods for every state, country, and major river basin in the world. The tool was developed by IVM-VU, World Resources Institute, Deltares, Utrecht University, and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. The demonstration was given by Dr. Ward, and colleagues Charles Iceland (World Resources Institute) and Dr. Hessel Winsemius (Deltares). The King discussed the development of the Analyzer, and how the tool is being used by stakeholders for assessing and reducing flood risk worldwide. The Flood Analyzer is designed to identify the highest risk places in the world, and to plan accordingly to prevent disasters. The United Nations, World Bank, and similar organisations can use the tool to evaluate flood risks to development projects, helping them prioritize investments in various flood-protection measures. Re-insurance companies can quickly screen the globe to find flood hotspots that need additional financial-risk support. Organisations like Red Cross Red Crescent can evaluate how effective risk-reduction activities are against baseline conditions.

The Aqueduct Global Flood Analyzer is based on the GLOFRIS global flood risk model, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, which is described in detail in the 3 scientific papers listed below.