India is one of the worst flood affected countries in the world. Immense damage is taking place every year in the country due to floods. Flood early warning is one of the most affective non-structural flood disaster damage mitigation methods. In recent years, this approach has gained momentum due to availability of space based inputs, high resolution Digital Terrain Models, advanced modeling softwares, and high end computing systems. Many researchers and engineers across the country are working on flood early warning activity in isolation using different methods and models. Hence, there is a need to bring synergy amongst the modelers & researchers to understand the latest technological developments in flood early warning..

It is my pleasure to inform that National Remote Sensing Centre, Indian Space Research Centre, Government of India and Central Water Commission, – Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India are jointly organising a National Conference on "Flood Early Warning for Disaster Risk Reduction" under National Hydrology Project on 30 & 31 May 2019 in Hyderabad.

I believe that the Conference would be of great interest to Scientists, Researchers, Engineers, Academia, Industry, Government Organisations, Policy Makers etc. working in flood disasters and associated sectors in the country. It would provide an excellent opportunity for brain storming on the challenges being faced and measures to be adopted for flood disaster damage mitigation.

The National Conference on Flood Early Warning for Disaster Risk Reduction to be jointly organised by CWC and NRSC at Hyderabad will bring synergy amongst expert scientists, engineers, managers, flood disaster management authorities, decision makers on the latest technological developments in the area of flood early warning at National level. I hope the workshop would be useful to the concerned professionals involved in flood damage mitigation, technical experts, disaster risk managers and policy makers in enhancement of their knowledge on flood early warning system.

I wish the Conference a great success.

Santanu Chowdhury
Director, National Remote Sensing Centre