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Flood Early Warning System

A "Flood Early Warning System" alerts responsible persons in case of river discharge exceeding certain thresholds in order to arrange measures of civil defense.


Download flyer of evaluated practice example (Upper Austria):


flood-early-warning-system_eval-prac_upper-austria.pdf

Internet link:


  • www.hws-aschachtal.at (Hochwasserschutzverband Aschachtal; in German only)

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    Short description of measure

    Problem to be solved: Lack of short-term preparedness to floods

    Goal, potential objective: Alert responsible persons via SMS messages in case of river discharge exceeding certain thresholds in order to arrange measures of civil defense

    Developmental steps:

    Instruments, implementation mechanism: Electronic information tool; feasibility studies; organisation of co-operation of science and developers; project development

    Area of implementation: Regional to local

    Responsibilities: Regional authorities

    Time horizon: Medium term

    Economic aspects: Warning systems are cheap compared to avoided costs

    Promoters, obstacles, risks:

    Side effects

    Bridge to mitigation: Indirect effects of avoided losses