This Storify gathers the relevant tweets from the recent debate organised by Scidev.net.
The map below shows all the 200 floods occurred all over the World during the last decade.
Stop the animation clicking on the button and explore the map on your month and year of interest.
How many floods occurred?
How many hit your country?
The visualisation is based on figures provided by Dartmouth Flood Observatory and shows the constant occurring of floods all around the planet. Some countries are hit more than others though..
Read my previous post on the frequency of floods in Europe and how it is likely to rise in the future.
Get here the data used for the map, with additional information on the severity of the floods.
The figures cover the period 1990-2014.
Or read the Simon Rogers‘ tutorial on how to do a animated map using CartoDB and its new feature Torque.
Are some floods missing? Let me know in a comment below…
Between the 14th and 18th of May severe floods and landslides hit the Balkans, claiming 50 lives and causing a level of destruction financially comparable to the 1992-1995 Balkan conflict, as Al Jazeera reported.
Explore some of the information on floods occurred since 1990 in the map by selecting one year in the drop-down menu
Is it getting better?
on last 30 years’ floods, the number of events seem to be shrinking in both Europe and the rest of the World, after peaking respectively on 2002 and 2003; while the element in slight increase is the average annual magnitude of floods.
No, it is not
So yes, the number of annual floods has been decreasing, but it is probably going to get worse in the future.
Romania the most affected in Europe
France (33), Italy (33) and Spain (25) follow up.