Anyone knows where I can find a complete* database with the historic flood occurrence in Europe, at least since the 70's ?

I am looking for some information on the date, number of floods*, amount precipitation*, as well as the location*** (the region and/or the affected city will be nice).

*complete in time(from the 70's or 80's until now) *both informations are not extremely important **a name will be enough

I am not looking for a database with the geographic coordinates of the flood extent, just a reference for the name of the region/city

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    I could imagine that no such database exists yet. Your best chance is asking the individual meteorological and geologic surveys or water ministries. Jan 30, 2014 at 17:14
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    look at European Union floods portal
    – gene
    Jan 30, 2014 at 17:20
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    country by country, I know the Environment Agency has this in England and Wales but they will not release the GIS data for it. Example maps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby/… (years ago ononemap got in trouble for scraping data from EA servers without permission).
    – Mapperz
    Jan 30, 2014 at 17:21

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R. 70 and 80 will be difficult, Weather/ Preciptation data only:

There first address for preciptation data is European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in Reading.


There are bunch of data products mostly free for download. Look for the data center, reanalysis projects adressing the 60s and 80s.

There is a project called GHCN Global Historical Climatology Network at NOAA and alot of world wide preciptation products are available there


There is an other database at NOAA called GCPC Version 2.2 Combined Precipitation Data Set 2.5x2.5 degrees resolution but from 1979 till 2013 I' think monthly means http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/data/gridded/data.gpcp.html

From the Swedish Baltic NEST Institute you can get runoff and weather data - a surroagte called BED - Baltic Environmental Database (the runoff basin of the baltic sea covers "the half" of europe) http://nest.su.se/bed/

The spanish provider ogimet.com has a hourly database of synop/metar weather telegrams from europe (or the world?) from the 2000 (synop) till now, with a very dense station net ( boys, stations, ships, oil/heli platforms, airports) ..but very heterogenous ..alot of work


If you are interested, I can give you a harvester/decoder running in Perl on LINUX/ Postgresql.

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