Union Government collaborates with Google for flood forecasting

Central Water Commission (CWC) has signed a collaboration agreement with search engine giant Google for flood forecasting and dissemination of flood-related information to masses. This initiative will help crisis management agencies to deal with extreme hydrological events in a better manner for effective flood management in India under National Hydrology Project (NHP).

Under this collaborative arrangement, Google will use high-resolution Digital Elevation Model (DEM) and vast computational resources and its technological expertise to generate flood inundation maps utilizing level forecast input provided by CWC. This information will be disseminated with the lead time of up to 3 days. The inundation forecasting will be done trial basis for flood season of 2018 and it will be scaled up in near future.

Under this collaboration, CWC will use state-of-the-art technological advances made by Google in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning and geospatial mapping for effective management of water resources particularly in the field of flood forecasting and dissemination of flood-related information to masses widely using dissemination platforms developed by Google. Under this Agreement, CWC and Google will share technical expertise to collaborate on:-

1. Improving flood prediction systems, which will help provide location-targeted, actionable flood warnings.
2. High priority research project utilizing Google Earth to help visualize and improve flood management.
3. Cultural project to build online exhibitions on Rivers of India.

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