10 Apr 2018

Flood resilience expert Hanneke Schuurmans is set to present at InterFLOOD Asia 11-12 April 2018 as Royal HaskoningDHV announces its Gold sponsorship. Hanneke will discuss the importance of scales and target groups for improving flood resilience and will also demonstrate a new, big data driven, cloud-based flood warning system.

InterFLOOD Asia is a new event co-located with the fifth annual InterMET Asia exhibition and conference. InterFLOOD will focus on mitigating and managing the potentially catastrophic impacts of extreme weather and climate change on vital infrastructure across the region. The two-day event will see key organisations from around the world exhibiting and a number of conference sessions led by leading experts including Dr Hanneke Schuurmans from Royal HaskoningDHV.

Improving resilience and decision making

Hanneke has over 17 years’ experience in world-wide flood projects and is a passionate advocate for the use of big data and improving information systems to meet the challenges presented by climate change and human environmental impacts. Recently Hanneke led the development of a flash flood forecasting app for use in the Ghanaian capital of Accra using satellite data to improve flood modelling and forecast accuracy by over 50 percent and giving residents hours of additional time to take precautions.

Hanneke will present during both Royal HaskoningDHV sponsored sessions discussing insights into improving flood resilience and how big data has been harnessed in a game-changing flood prediction tool.

Speaking before the event Hanneke said: “Never before in the history of mankind have we generated, collected and exploited more data. InterFLOOD Asia is a timely opportunity to further the conversation around resilience and how this data can be harnessed.”

A new perspective

During the first session, Perspectives on Flooding, Hanneke will discuss the different phases (awareness, prevention, response) of improving flood resilience. She will provide examples of how information technology can enhance flood resilience taking into account the variety of spatial scales and target groups.

Cloud based operational flood early warning system

In the afternoon Hanneke will be demonstrating a game-changing new flood warning system. This system is driven by a fully 2D model which is capable of using highly detailed Lidar data to predict the water depth along individual streets. The model’s predictions are combined with met forecasts, data from gauging stations and webcams in a single dashboard, enabling a pro-active response to upcoming flood events.

Hanneke continued: “Making full use of big data will help us to deliver better information systems and models and help us make better decisions concerning our response to extreme weather events. I am looking forward to demonstrating our tool at the conference and discussing the possibilities it presents.”

InterFLOOD Asia will be held at Suntec Singapore 11-12 April 2018. For further details visit http://www.interflood.asia/