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HiFlo-DAT Hazard Database – Bath Spa University

HiFlo-DAT Flood Hazard Database

HiFlo-DAT works to create a new historical flood hazard database for evolved Disaster Risk Reduction in the Kullu District, Indian Himalaya

Project background

Environmental hazards such as floods negatively impact the health and prosperity of people around the world, especially the vulnerable. Society recognises that reducing these disaster impacts is central to achieving sustainable development.

The current thinking of the United Nations is outlined by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030). This framework outlines two key proponents of risk reduction:

  • Resilience (such as better disaster awareness, preparation, response, recovery) 
  • Shared responsibility

India has signed up to this vision, and is working towards solutions via the Indian National Disaster Management Plan (2016) and the multi-national Asia Regional Plan (2016). An early priority of these policies is to improve ‘disaster awareness’, incorporating a 2020 target to develop methods for creating disaster databases to help reduce future impacts.

A summary of the project, outlining our methods and key partners, is available on our presentation poster


We are grateful to the following organisations for providing funding for this project. 

  • University Grants Commission (UGC): Rs. 1,533,233
  • UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI): £21,281
  • Bath Spa University

Project milestones and goals

Partnership and collaboration

This project will rely on the establishment of key partnerships between the following groups:

  • Academic staff in both India and the UK
  • Students working in partnership with the above
  • Indian government agencies
  • NGOs
  • Kraft Films (led by a Bath Spa alumni)

These parties will work together to discuss, develop, evaluate and share a trial database. 


The database will be constructed on the basis of research on historical floods and climate conditions in the Kullu Valley (Himachal Pradesh). The team are using English language newspaper accounts held in the British Library (London) and Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (Delhi) to supplement existing archive materials and meteorological data compiled by the academic project partners.

Main goals

The main goal of this project is to obtain, evaluate and share knowledge to help better manage floods in the Indian Himalayas, ultimately contributing to wider international targets as outlined above. 


We envision the benefits of this project to include:

  • Growth in the academic, research, andteaching links between India and the UK - helping to develop the skills and knowledge of the next generation
  • Provision of a trial database to help Government and NGO agencies better undertake flood management in the Kullu Valley,
  • Development of a basic method and framework for such risk analysis that can be used in other parts of India.
Public engagement and dissemination

The database will be made publicly available and findings will be communicated using our webpages, social media, academic conferences, public lectures and - more importantly - via a policy-practice communique (in Hindi and English) alongside an introductory film.

Please also see our public lecture about the project from the University of Delhi above (October 2019). This has also been outlined in a blog post on the Bath Spa blog. 

Project team

Bath Spa University

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