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Development of a european land data assimilation system to predict floods and droughts

Objective

The proposal designs, implements and tests a flexible system for estimating soil moisture content on a regional (European) to global scale. Use is made of high resolution precipitation, radiation, satellite derived surface temperature and atmospheric data, and data assimilation technologies developed in the context of Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP). The products of the system will be validated using regional and continental scale data sets. A number of case studies is devoted to assess the value of the system in improving flood forecasts from a routine NWP system coupled to hydrological models, to improve the seasonal hydrological cycle in NWP forecasts necessary for better predictions of serious drought events, and to improve the modelling of land surface processes in NWP and climate models.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

ROYAL NETHERLANDS METEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Address
10,Wilhelminalaan 10
3730 AE De Bilt
Netherlands

Participants (9)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Avenue Gustave Coriolis 42, C.n.r. Mtttorologique
31057 Toulouse
European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts - ECMWF
United Kingdom
Address
Shinfield Park
RG2 9AX Reading
GERMAN WEATHER SERVICE
Germany
Address

63004 Offenbach Am Main
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE METEOROLOGIA
Spain
Address
Camino De Las Moreras S/n
28071 Madrid
METEO-FRANCE
France
Address
Avenue Gaspard Coriolis 42
31057 Toulouse
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Maclean Building, Crowmarsh Gifford
OX10 8BB Wallingford
RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET BONN
Germany
Address
20,Auf Dem Hügel 20
53121 Bonn
SWEDISH METEOROLOGICAL AND HYDROLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Sweden
Address
Folkborgsvägen 1
601 76 Norrköping
UNIVERSITY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE VIENNA
Austria
Address
Veterinaerplatz 1
1210 Wien