Articles | Volume 20, issue 9
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3549–3560, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3549-2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3549–3560, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3549-2016

Research article 05 Sep 2016

Research article | 05 Sep 2016

Action-based flood forecasting for triggering humanitarian action

Erin Coughlan de Perez et al.

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Many flood disaster impacts could be avoided by preventative action; however, early action is not guaranteed. This article demonstrates the design of a new system of forecast-based financing, which automatically triggers action when a flood forecast arrives, before a potential disaster. We establish "action triggers" for northern Uganda based on a global flood forecasting system, verifying these forecasts and assessing the uncertainties inherent in setting a trigger in a data-scarce location.