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Real-time early warning system could protect communities at risk from flooding

Posted 30th March 2023

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Engaging communities in developing a real-time early warning system could help to reduce the often-devastating impact of flooding on people and property—particularly in mountainous regions where extreme water events are a "wicked" problem, a new study reveals.

Flash floods are becoming more frequent and damaging to the lives and property of vulnerable people, but researchers believe that using a SMART approach (see image) to engage with those living in such areas will help to better signal impending risk from flooding.

Scientists believe that combining meteorological data with information on how people live and work in such regions, will help disaster risk managers, hydrologists, and engineers design better ways of raising the alarm ahead of major floods.

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