The following is a description of GloFAS v4.0, available as pre-release on the GloFAS Stage Platform from 05 July 2023 and fully operational GloFAS from 26 July 2023.

For an overview of other GloFAS releases, please see : GloFAS versioning system.


GloFAS v4.0 introduces a number of major changes to the system, including:

  • higher spatial resolution. GloFAS v4.0 has 0.05 degrees resolution (~5km), as opposed to all the previous GloFAS versions having 0.1 degrees resolution (~10km).
  • an entirely new set of 0.05 degrees resolution input maps produced using the most recent research findings, remote sensing, and in-situ datasets.
  • major improvements to the open-source hydrological model LISFLOOD.
  • a new hydrological model calibration at 1995 in-situ gauging stations. Furthermore, a parameter regionalisation was performed to estimate the parameters of catchments for which in situ discharge observations were not available.
  • new return period thresholds and snow water/soil moisture anomaly maps based on a climatology from 1980 – 2022. The GloFAS v4 river discharge climatology is available at the C3S Climate Data Store.
  • updated GloFAS Seasonal forecasts using the newly calibrated, higher resolution hydrological model.
  • Increased spatial resolution from 1km to ~90m (3 arc secs) for the flood hazard maps used in the GloFAS rapid flood mapping and impact assessment
  • Update versions of the exposure data (population and critical infrastructure) used in the rapid impact assessment

This major version change is associated with an update of the historical hydrological reanalysis

This upgrade of GloFAS has large impacts on the GloFAS modelling results.

31 stations were also added to the reporting point: 9 stations in Canada, 7 stations in Russia, 4 stations in Finland, 3 stations in Argentina and 1 station in each of Brazil, United States, Morocco, Benin, Uganda, Thailand, Columbia and South Africa.

GloFAS v4.0 Evaluation Results

Technical details

Pre-release date (available on stage platform)


Release date


In test suite


GloFAS internal number


Archiving of data


Reference climatology (for thresholds/ anomalies)

1980-01-01 to 2022-07-31

GloFAS historical

1979-01-01 to near present



Horizontal projectionEPSG4326
Horizontal resolution0.05 x 0.05°
Temporal resolutionDaily

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