FATHUM: Forecasts for AnTicipatory HUManitarian action

Lead Research Organisation: University of Reading
Department Name: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Abstract

Disaster managers and development planners from around the world have realized that their skills and expertise could be put into action well before an extreme event happens, to enormously reduce suffering and avoid catastrophe. While this type of action was historically not possible, new "Forecast-based Financing" systems are now being piloted in more than 15 countries. These pilots automatically trigger preparedness actions based on a forecast of an extreme event, providing financing before a potential disaster actually happens.

However, in many flood-prone locations in sub Saharan Africa, the dynamics of flooding are not well understood, nor is there clarity on what should be done if certain types of flooding are forecasted. What is driving the flooding, and the flood forecasts? What preparedness actions build resilience, and which ones undermine local capacities?

The FATHUM team proposes to bring together a group of interdisciplinary researchers who will work with the existing pilots to analyze and research how this new type of Forecast-based Financing system can quickly respond to forecasts of extreme events, while still contributing to long-term resilience goals and reducing the need for disaster response.

The first group of researchers will tackle flooding itself. A mixed group of hydrologists and climate scientists will explore the causes of different types of floods, and identify what atmospheric patterns could allow the most important types of floods to be predicted. Opening two positions for "Applied Forecasting Impact Fellows", much of the research will be carried out by scientists from the African regions that are being studied, and will culminate in recommendations and maps for predictability in other regions that could also implement such Forecast-based Financing systems.

The second group of researchers, will explore further the "why" of flooding. They will investigate the reasons behind the fact that certain floods are more impactful than others, and identify patterns of resilience stemming from local and indigenous knowledge. This will be grounded in an understanding of the rapidly changing environment in sub-Saharan Africa, ultimately helping identify what forecast-based actions can contribute to long-term meaningful change. While there is a good deal of research on both resilience building and disaster response, disaster managers in the existing 15 pilots are struggling to understand what types of action can meaningfully fit in this "forecast-based" middle ground. FATHUM researchers will work directly with the practitioners to explore these answers.

The third research group builds on the first two, examining more concretely how humanitarian systems are currently structured, and where Forecast-based Financing can fit in. Why do humanitarians not already make use of the many types of flood forecasts around the world? FATHUM will map the science-policy-practice interface to identify what promotes or inhibits the use of forecast information, and what "successful" use of such information really looks like.

Lastly, the fourth research stream is an interdisciplinary group of researchers that will explore the potential and constraints for scaling up the concept of Forecast-based Financing. Integration with existing systems, such as safety nets and risk insurance schemes, will be explored collaboratively with the existing pilot projects.

Ultimately, FATHUM is a novel combination: expertise from academia that is integrated seamlessly into existing disaster risk management projects, allowing practitioners to work with scientists to self-examine and reflect on a game-changing new way of working in the humanitarian sector. Critical scrutiny of the hydrometeorological aspects as well as the socioeconomic implications of taking action based on a forecast will provide a foundation for humanitarians and development practitioners worldwide to build on in their own applications of this concept.

Planned Impact

The research proposed in FATHUM has been designed to both strengthen the significant investment in 'Forecast-based Financing' pilot studies from several governmental donors and to inform policy within UN initiatives which feature FbF, such as 'Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape' (A2R), launched at COP21. FATHUM will combine research excellence with development and capacity-building impact. These joint considerations are embedded in the programme of work from the outset.
The intended beneficiaries of the research are spread across a variety of scales.
FATHUM will enable national Red Cross Societies and the World Food Programme to reach local communities with targeted and appropriate humanitarian action in advance of a disaster occurring, thereby reducing the impact of disasters on lives and livelihoods
FATHUM will strengthen the national capacity of the Mozambique Red Cross Society and Uganda Red Cross Society to implement and evaluate ongoing Forecast-based Financing pilot studies, as well as linking with similar pilot projects in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Togo through the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. It will also help to develop operational forecasting capabilities and influence national policymakers to strengthen early warning systems in these countries.
FATHUM will grow the capabilities of international actors such as Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the World Food Programme, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and others to integrate the best scientific-expertise into their Forecast-based Financing operations.
FATHUM will make a timely contribution to international disaster risk reduction and resilience frameworks and policy development, including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and A2R. It will produce findings that will influence policies around early-warning, preparedness and anticipation within organisations such as the UK Department for International Development, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Food and Agriculture Organisation and World Food Programme.
The research findings are intended to inform the future development and implementation of international development and humanitarian policies and mechanisms, and to provide current and potential FbF donors with recommendations and tools to better understand and engage with mechanisms for science-based decision-making to help apply uncertain forecasts for early and informed action before a disaster, thereby benefitting those people most vulnerable to climate-related disasters.

Publications

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Description Real-time flood emergency bulletins to support the Department for International Development's and international response to Tropical Cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact The flood emergency bulletins were written by members of the FATHUM team in collaboration with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and the University of Bristol. The bulletins were used by DFID, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), the Mozambique Red Cross and other international organisations to support their decision-making and response to catastrophic floods in Mozambique in March and April 2019. UN OCHA reported key information from the bulletins in their Floods Situation Reports which have a worldwide audience of thousands of practitioners from the humanitarian sector. Some humanitarian agencies delivering aid in Mozambique used the information in the bulletins to understand the areas that were most vulnerable to flooding and guide preparations and response, e.g. Welthungerhilfe decided to send an assessment team in/around Pemba ahead of cyclone Kenneth.
URL https://reliefweb.int/report/mozambique/uk-provide-3-million-uk-aid-support-victims-cyclone-kenneth
 
Description Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Emergency work and advice for COBR led to return to homes for public at risk from failing Toddbrook reservoir.
URL https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/8303...
 
Description Start Network
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Tobias Pforr worked with the Start Network to understand decision-making processes and construct a guidance document to improve their approaches.
URL https://start-network.app.box.com/s/uh08qvmeqmbzk1z3ej5hqa64dkfatbk7
 
Description Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) Programme
Amount £250,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of the UK 
Department Department for International Development (DfID)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Zambia Water Resources and Management Authority (WARMA) 
Organisation Water Resources Management Authority Zambia
Country Zambia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The FATHUM team are helping WARMA to use the Global Flood Awareness Systems to support monitoring of river levels and building flood early warning capabilities in Zambia.
Collaborator Contribution WARMA are supporting the assessment of Global Flood Awareness System forecast skill, and research into the role of teleconnections in driving flood hazard in Zambia.
Impact WARMA are now including Global Flood Awareness System forecasts in their hydrological outlook reports.
Start Year 2017
 
Description 14th November 2017: RCCC meeting with Water Resources Management Authority 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 14th November 2017: Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre meeting with Water Resources Management Authority to discuss FATHUM and engagement of Zambia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 22nd November 2017 - Meeting with FbF German Red Cross Project Delegate for Mozambique 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Initial meeting with the Mozambique Forecast-based Financing Project Delegate from the German Red Cross.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 3 August 2017 - discussion with the South African Weather Services officials in Cape Town 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 3 August 2017 - discussion on WP2 in FATHUM, specifically on research planned in the Langeberg, and on Impact-based forecasting, with the South African Weather Services officials in Cape Town
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 9th July 2017 - Discussion on WP2 in FATHUM to the Langeberg Municipality's Disaster Management official, and Cape Winelands Disaster Management officials 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 19th July 2017 - Discussion on WP2 in FATHUM to the Langeberg Municipality's Disaster Management official, and Cape Winelands Disaster Management officials, to get their buy-in for the project - presented by Joy Waddell and Carinus de Kock
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description African Dialogue Platform for Forecast-based Financing, Maputo, Mozambique 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Several members of the FATHUM project team joined in the African Dialogue Platform event in Maputo in September 2019. As well as telling practitioners and donors about the FATHUM research, the team listened to the experiences of practitioners about Forecast-based Financing and heard about the latest developments in the Forecast-based Financing initiative which will help guide the direction of FATHUM research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.forecast-based-financing.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Report-Maputo-DP-2019.pdf
 
Description Article for Conversation - Climate change: six positive news stories from 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Hannah Cloke co-wrote a Conversation article about positive stories relating to climate change, with Prof Cloke noting that flood forecasting is getting better through schemes such as FATHUM project which helped forecasting in Mozambique during tropical storms. The article was republished world wide including by Mic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://theconversation.com/climate-change-six-positive-news-stories-from-2019-129100
 
Description Article for Conversation - Why forecasting floods should be a global collaborative effort 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Dr Andrea Ficchi wrote an article for the Conversation
Why forecasting floods should be a global collaborative effort
Republished worldwide
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://theconversation.com/why-forecasting-floods-should-be-a-global-collaborative-effort-119657
 
Description Article in Conversation - Housebuilding on floodplains - 27 Feb 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Hannah Cloke wrote an article for the Conversation "Housebuilding ban on floodplains isn't enough - flood-prone communities should take back control"
Republished worldwide.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://theconversation.com/housebuilding-ban-on-floodplains-isnt-enough-flood-prone-communities-sho...
 
Description BRACED / SHEAR Seasonal Forecast Learning Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Engagement with practitioners towards co-creating a guidance document about seasonal forecasting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Dialogue Platform for Forecast based Financing, Berlin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Several members of the FATHUM project team joined in the Dialogue Platform event. As well as telling practitioners and donors about the FATHUM research, the team listened to the experiences of practitioners about Forecast-based Financing and heard about the latest developments in the Forecast-based Financing initiative which will help guide the direction of FATHUM research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.drk.de/en/forecast-based-financing/
 
Description ECMWF Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Andrea Ficchi, Presentation at ECMWF, Environmental Forecasts Team meeting, 24 October 2018, Reading - "Mapping the impacts of ENSO and IOD on floods timing and frequency in sub-Saharan Africa".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description FATHUM Annual Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact At the FATHUM annual progress meeting a number of additional organisations attended as participants:

World Vision UK
Zambia Red Cross Society
Kenya Red Cross Society
South Africa Met Agency
Cape Winelands Disaster Management Centre
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description FATHUM summer placements in Reading with visitors from Uganda, Mali, Zambia and Mozambique 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact During the summer placement the FATHUM team hosted five hydro-meteorologists from across Africa at the University of Reading for four weeks to learn more about flood forecasting, forecast based financing and operational global flood forecasting. The placements were designed to support capacity building in several African countries. The delegates were from national river and disaster management organisations who are being supported by the Red Cross Climate Centre to develop Forecast based financing (FbF) system for floods. The summer placement included:
- a research workshop on flood forecasting at the University of Reading (with participation across different departments);
- training sessions on programming and hydrological forecasting via the Copernicus Emergency Management Service - GloFAS operational system;
- a visit to the Environment Agency in Reading where practitioners from the Environment Agency and FFC gave an overview of flood monitoring and forecasting in the UK.
The participants reported a positive impact in their professional activities, and requested further participation and involvement. This led to a second workshop being held in Maputo (Mozambique) in September 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/fathum/news/
 
Description Global Flood Partnership 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Andrea Ficchì, Oral presentation at the Global Flood Partnership conference, Delft (Deltares), the Netherlands, 25-27 June 2018 - Abstract: Andrea Ficchì, Liz Stephens and Hannah Cloke, "Mapping the impacts of large-scale climate patterns on flood timing and frequency over Sub-Saharan Africa using GloFAS".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction at the UN office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva, Switzerland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Several FATHUM team members (Tobias Pforr, Sara de Wit, Emily Wilkinson) attended the world's largest UN conference on disaster risk reduction alongside representatives of national governments and policy-makers as well as other invited academics and stakeholders. They contributed to discussions on ongoing key UN activities for disaster risk reduction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.unisdr.org/conference/2019/globalplatform/home
 
Description International Dialogue Platform, Berlin (Germany) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Several members of the FATHUM project team joined in the Dialogue Platform event in Berlin. As well as telling practitioners and donors about the FATHUM research, the team listened to the experiences of practitioners about Forecast-based Financing and heard about the latest developments in the Forecast-based Financing initiative which will help guide the direction of FATHUM research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.forecast-based-financing.org/2019/11/12/global-dialogue-platform/
 
Description Interview for National News - BBC Breakfast - Cloke - whaley bridge dam emergency - Aug 19 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Hannah Cloke appeared on BBC Breakfast News to discuss the Whaley Bridge dam emergency.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/unirdg_news/status/1158379682187874311
 
Description Interview for National News - Channel 4 News - Building on Floodplains - 17 Feb 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Hannah Cloke was on Channel 4 News discussing the recent flooding and how climate change is a contributing factor to the risk of flooding [~3 mins]
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.channel4.com/news/its-appalling-we-are-still-building-on-a-food-plain-prof-hannah-cloke
 
Description Interview for National News - ITV News at Ten Climate Emergency - 10 Mar 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Climate emergency: Prof Hannah Cloke spoke to ITV News at Ten after the UN warns that climate change is a bigger global threat than Covid-19 and how the UK can manage rising sea levels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Interview for National News - Sky News - UK flooding - 21 Feb 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Sky News interviewed Professor Hannah Cloke about ways to protect homes from flooding, following recent storms in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Interview for National Radio - BBC Radio 4 - building on floodplains - 28 Feb 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Hannah Cloke interviewed for BBC radio 4 for a piece on building on floodplains and flood resilience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Medal lecture Institute of Civil Engineers - Cloke 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Hannah Cloke, BHS presidents prize - medal lecture - British Hydrological Society Annual Meeting & Flood forecasting conference (keynote/award lecture), Institute of Civil Engineers, London, October 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description National News Radio Interview - BBC Radio 4 Today - Dec 2019 - Cloke 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Hannah Cloke spoke to BBC Radio 4 Today programme and BBC Berkshire about the heavy rain and flooding around Christmas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description National News Radio Interview - BBC Radio 5 Live breakfast - Uk flooding - Mon 17 Feb 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Hannah Cloke (Met) was on BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast show, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC South discussing the recent flooding and how climate change is a contributing factor to the risk of flooding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description National News panel interview - Channel 4 News - Flooding & Climate Emergency - 28 Feb 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Hannah Cloke appeared on Channel 4 News to discuss flooding and climate change - a panel including a climate activist and politicians.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.channel4.com/news/climate-crisis-debate-what-are-the-solutions
 
Description National Newspaper - Guardian's weekly news review - 21 Feb 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Hannah Cloke - comments on a proposed North Sea dam and flood resilience and climate emergency were used in the Guardian's weekly news review.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description National Newspaper - quotes on effectiveness of flood defences - 10 Feb 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The Telegraph quotes Professor Hannah Cloke on the effectiveness of flood defences after parts of the UK were flooded this week.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description National Newspaper - quotes on proposal by a Dutch scientist to enclose the North Sea with a 300-mile dam to protect Europe from rising sea levels - 13 Feb 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Professor Hannah Cloke is quoted on a proposal by a Dutch scientist to enclose the North Sea with a 300-mile dam to protect Europe from rising sea levels in the Guardian, Mail Online, the Times Scotland, Yahoo News, the Glasgow Herald, the Express and Metro.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description National Newspaper - quotes on recent UK flooding - 19 Feb 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Hannah Cloke was quoted in The Guardian (print also) for a piece on houses being built on floodplain land. The piece is reproduced on Yahoo News. Prof Cloke is also quoted in various regional outlets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description National Newspaper - quotes on recent UK flooding - 21 Feb 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Professor Hannah Cloke is also quoted in the Observer and Yahoo News on recent UK flooding
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description National Newspaper - quotes on recent UK flooding and how climate change is contributing to the risk of flooding 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Hannah Cloke discussed the recent flooding and how climate change is a contributing factor to the risk of flooding - quoted in articles in The Guardian, The Daily Mirror, The Independent, The Mirror, Channel 4 News Online, Daily Mail, ITV Online, Daily Mail and various regional newspapers (PA story).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/17/storm-dennis-floods-everything-you-need-to-know
 
Description National Newspaper - quotes on recent UK flooding and statement by the Environment Agency on building on floodplains - 24 Feb 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Hannah Cloke is quoted in the Times, Telegraph and Express on the recent flooding in the UK and statement by the Environment Agency about building on flood plains.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Panel discussion about the future of humanitarian aid at the German Bundestag, Berlin (Germany) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Tobias Pforr moderated three panel discussions between parliamentarians, third sector, and private sector about changing landscape and priorities in humanitarian financing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://crm.fdpbt.de/termin/podiumsdiskussion-schon-vor-der-krise-helfen-vorausschauende-humanitare-...
 
Description Presentation at the Henley Business School (Reading), ICMA Centre Research Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Tobias Pforr gave a presentation on 'Climate meets finance' about contemporary advancements in climate risk financing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation to Steering Committee (DFID, USAID, German Government, OECD, FAO and WB) of DFID Scoping and Design project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation to Steering Committee (DFID, USAID, German Government, OECD, FAO and WB) of DFID Scoping and Design project on approaches to scaling up forecast-based early action, based on presentation developed for FATHUM WP4.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Roundtable discussion at the Overseas Development Institute (London): The future of forecast-based early action 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Emily Wilkinson and Tobias Pforr, organizers and participants at closed-door roundtable discussion with key policy makers. At this workshop a decision was made to commission a study on evidence-based by the WFP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description School visit (Reading) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Junior school visit, ~60 pupils in Year 5.
Talked about the climate emergency and flood preparedness. School reported a greater understanding of climate change and understanding of floods which were used in subsequent lessons. Children all wearing warming stripes badges and explaining to their parents.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://twitter.com/theabbey_jnr/status/1223284026829570049
 
Description Science Documentary - floods expert - Deadly Disasters Series 2 - Cloke 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Deadly Disasters, BBC Earth - Prof Hannah Cloke filmed as science expert in documentary tv series
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbcasia.com/video/?v=660859
 
Description Science Expert invited talk to panel - GERC Royal Society - Cloke - May 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Royal Society Global Environment Research Committee (GERC) Freshwater Science Expert group, Royal Society, London, May 2019.
Discussion of future of hydrological science
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Stakeholder workshop in Mozambique following Tropical Cyclones Idai and Kenneth - Sep 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A series of workshops in Maputo, Mozambique with policymakers, water resources practitioners, meteorological forecasters, disaster risk managers, humanitarian partners to discuss forecast based financing, the FATHUM project, flood forecasting and early warning and disaster risk management surrounding Cyclones Idai and Kenneth.
Plans to continue to work together e.g. develop training materials and influence decision making in emergencies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UK Government Office for Science - Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies - Whaley Bridge Dam - Cloke 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies Prof Hannah Cloke
Potential Breach of Toddbrook Reservoir
Aug 2019
Also working with Environment Agency to assess safety of public to return to Whaley Bridge in the face of upcoming potential rainfall
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/8303...
 
Description Visit and round-table discussion at the Authority for Water Resources and Climate of Pernambuco State (APAC), Brazil 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Andrea Ficchi attended a meeting with practitioners from the Authority for Water Resources and Climate of Pernambuco State (APAC), led by Dr Suzanna Montenegro (Director), on flood forecasting. The director of APAC presented their operational activities, including water management and hydrometeorological monitoring and forecasting. Andrea Ficchi presented the FATHUM's research, as well as the work done during the flood emergency in Mozambique and the GloFAS forecasting model. This led to discussion about potential collaborations on flood forecasting research and requests about further participation in GloFAS-related applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.apac.pe.gov.br/noticias.php?noticia_id=1269
 
Description Visit to JRC, Ispra, Italy, 16th-17th November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentations on FATHUM and WP1 research work, and dialogue on the coordination of the activities for FATHUM and GloFAS development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017