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Global River Flood Risks

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The Aqueduct Global Flood Analyzer is a web-based interactive platform which measures river flood impacts by urban damage, affected GDP, and affected population at the country, state, and river basin scale across the globe. It aims to raise the awareness about flood risks and climate change impacts by providing open access to global flood risk data free of charge. Find out more at www.wri.org/floods

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Global River Flood Risks

  1. 1. GLOBAL RIVER FLOOD RISKS Tianyi Luo, Research Analyst, and Charles Iceland, Aqueduct Director www.wri.org/floods
  2. 2. Why Do River Floods Matter? 1. SCALE Floods affect more people than any other natural disaster 2. DAMAGE Floods from rivers cause as much or more damage in some countries as rising seas, storm surges. 3. RISKS RISING 21 million people at risk now – 54 million expected in 2030.
  3. 3. Key Findings 1. POPULATION: 21 million people worldwide currently at risk – 54 million projected in 2030 2. GDP: $96 billion at risk currently -- $521 billion projected by 2030 3. TOP COUNTRIES: India, Bangladesh, China, Vietnam, Pakistan.
  4. 4. Global Flood Analyzer 1. Estimates current and future risk exposure (2030) 2. By Urban Damage, GDP, Population 3. For every country, state, and major river basin globally
  5. 5. A Few Things About Our Data 1. GLOBAL COVERAGE 2. HIGH RESOLUTION 3. LATEST GLOBAL CLIMATE MODELS By country, river basin, and state 1 km IPCC AR5 Sources: Hessel et al., 2013; Philip et al., 2013.
  6. 6. Aqueduct Flood Analyzer Partners
  7. 7. What’s Next? 1. Coastal storm surge risk 2. Estimates of actual levels of protection worldwide 3. Estimates of viability, cost, and benefits of protection measures
  8. 8. What’s Next? 1. Coastal storm surge risk 2. Estimates of actual levels of protection worldwide 3. Estimates of viability, cost, and benefits of protection measures
  9. 9. Questions or comments? Contact: Tianyi Luo, tluo@wri.org Find us on Twitter: @WRIAqueduct www.wri.org/floods

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