IGCP 734 Annual Workshop 2021 – Flood Risk Assessment in Cameroon: The Past


Owing to the rapidly changing climate, floods are becoming more intense and frequent, posing losses of invaluable lives and properties worldwide, especially in developing countries. Consequently, the project REFRA-SOS (Realtime Flood Risk Assessment in developing countries using Social media, Optical and SAR satellite data), sponsored by UNESCO International Geological Correlation Programme (IGCP) and Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), aims to address these challenges by developing sustainable and effective management plans driven by Earth observations, social media crowdsourcing, and hydrological models. The first workshop in the series will focus the participant’s attention on the current methods used in flood risk assessment in developing countries and the need for an improvement, using Cameroon as a case study. In addition, the potential and future outlooks for using synthetic aperture radar (SAR), social media, and artificial intelligence (AI) in flood risk assessment will also be discussed.

The workshop will be held on October 13, 2021, from 1 pm – 4.30 pm Cameroon time (UTC+1) and hosted on zoom. The language for this workshop is English.

Workshop Schedule

1.00 – 1.20 pm – IGCP project introduction

1.20 – 2.20 pm Invited Speakers: Satellite imagery for flood and water issues in developing countries

2.20 – 3.20 pm Flood risk assessment in developing countries: A case study of Cameroon

3.20 – 3.45 pm Panel discussion: The potential of using synthetic aperture radar (SAR), social media crowdsourcing, and artificial intelligence (AI) in flood risk assessment


  • Alessandro Novellino, British Geological Survey, UK
  • Krittanon Sirorattanakul, California Institute of Technology, USA
  • Lako Mbouendeu Stephane, Water For Life Cameroon, Cameroon

3.45 – 4.10 pm Breakout room discussion about IGCP Project 734

4.10 – 4.30 pm Closing remarks

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