- Google’s Flood Hub warns of floods in 80 countries, benefitting 460M people.
- Flood Hub uses AI to provide a week’s notice for riverine floods.
- Google also tracks wildfires in Mexico, the US, Canada, and Australia.
Google has used its AI capabilities to develop a tool called Flood Hub, which helps warn people in vulnerable areas about potential floods. This tool was launched last year and initially covered India and Bangladesh, providing a week’s notice compared to the previous 48-hour window.
Now, Flood Hub has expanded its support to include 60 more countries, totaling 80 countries overall. These countries span Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and South and Central America, and the tool aims to benefit around 460 million people living in flood-prone regions. Google’s Flood Hub monitors over 1,800 locations across river basins.
To further assist communities, Google is working on making Flood Hub information accessible through its Search and Maps platforms, where people often seek such information during emergencies. However, it is important to note that Flood Hub currently focuses on tracking riverine floods and does not cover flash floods or coastal events. Google acknowledges the need for improvement in this regard.
In addition to floods, Google also utilizes AI and satellite imagery to track wildfires and warn people in danger. This system is currently operational in Mexico, the United States, Canada, and select regions of Australia.