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Hydrometeorological data resources and technologies for effective flash flood forecasting

Objective

The management of flash flood hazards and risks is a critical component of public safety and quality of life. Flash-floods develop at space and time scales that conventional observation systems are not able to monitor for rainfall and river discharge. Consequently, the atmospheric and hydrological generating mechanisms of flash-floods are poorly understood, leading to highly uncertain forecasts of these events.

The HYDRATE objective is to improve the scientific basis of flash flood forecasting by extending the understanding of past flash flood events, advancing and harmonising a European-wide innovative flash flood observation strategy and developing a coherent set of technologies and tools for effective early warning systems. To this end, the project includes actions on the organization of the existing flash flood data patrimony across Europe. The observation strategy proposed in HYDRATE has the objective to collect flash flood data by combining hydrometeorological monitoring and the acquisition of complementary information from post-event surveys. This will involve a network of existing Hydrometeorological Observatories; all placed in high flash flood potential regions.

HYDRATE will develop a freely accessible European Flash Flood Database to make avail able the collected hydrometeorological data to the international research community. The final aim of HYDRATE is to enhance the capability of flash flood forecasting in ungauged basins by exploiting the extended availability of flash flood data and the imp roved process understanding. The Partners include nine universities, seven government research centres, and one SME. These represent eight Member States, one Associated Candidate State and three third-countries. Thus the results of HYDRATE will benefit fro m assembling international knowledge and scientific expertise and lead to advancements in observation strategy for implementation not only in Europe but internationally.

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-GLOBAL-4
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
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Via Viii Febbraio 2
Padova
Italy

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Participants (16)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
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Rue Michel Ange 3
Paris

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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
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Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
Roma

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
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Karlsplatz 13
Vienna

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ECOLE NATIONALE DES PONTS ET CHAUSSEES (ENPC)
France
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Avenue Blaise Pascal 6-8, Cite Descartes, Champs Sur Marne
Marne La Vallée

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UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
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Jordi Girona, 31
Barcelona

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TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CRETE
Greece
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Old Harbor, St. Titou Square
Chania, Crete

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HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
Address
47th Km Athens - Sounio Av., Mavro Lithari
Anavissos, Attika

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SLOVENSKA TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V BRATISLAVE
Slovakia
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Vazovova 5
Bratislava

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ADMINISTRATIA NATIONALA DE METEOROLOGIE R. A.
Romania
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Sos. Bucuresti-ploiesti 97
Bucharest

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INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE HIDROLOGIE SI GOSPODARIRE A APELOR
Romania
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97, Sos. Bucuresti-ploiesti
Bucharest

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HR WALLINGFORD LTD
United Kingdom
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Howbery Park, Benson Lane
Wallingford, Oxfordshire

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WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
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Costerweg 50
Wageningen

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CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GENIE RURAL DES EAUX ET DES FORETS
France
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Parc De Tourvoie
Antony Cedex

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WUHAN UNIVERSITY
China
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Luojia Hill
Wuhan

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UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL
South Africa
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Office Of The Registrar, University Road, Chiltern Hills
Westville

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UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
United States
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16th & Gibbon
Laramie, Wyoming

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