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Integrated advanced distribuited system for hydro-meteorological monitoring and forecasting using low-cost high-performance X-band mini-radar and cellular network infracstructures

Objective

Three SMEs from Italy, Greece and Cyprus have formed a consortium, named HYDRORAD, to develop a unique state-of-the-art hydro-meteorological observational-modelling system, based on network of advanced low-cost mini X-band polarimetric radars. HYDRORAD will greatly enhance our ability to observe, measure, and estimate parameters of rainstorms and hailstorms with consequential improvements in the prediction of floods and the management of water resources. The modular and cellular structure of the HYDRORAD radar observation network would facilitate: i) high flexibility in selecting and changing the critical area for hydro-meteorological monitoring and forecasting, civil protection support and agriculture management; and ii) exploitation of existing cellular-phone radio-base station towers as a mean to use those facilities to minimize the impact of new civil constructions for the radar network infrastructure. The objectives of the HYDRORAD proposal are: 1. to optimise X-band mini-radar system characteristics in terms of the best tradeoffs between costs and performances for hydro-meteorological applications and to implement, improve and validate precipitation algorithms to process X-band mini-radar network data measurements; 2. to develop robust techniques for hydrological nowcasting driven by the X-band mini-radar network data and to set up an integrated tool for short-to-medium-range forecasting using coupled hydro-meteorological models and assimilation schemes; 3. to develop protocols and procedures to exploit the network of cellular towers to implement large regional X-band mini-radar network coverage and to test the integrated systems and tools in real-time within social and economical context of a developing country, such as Moldova. The HYDRORAD integrated system will be promoted by the SME consortium in the market as a competitive solution to the problem of (1) flood and flash flood forecasting in areas with poor coverage by operational national w

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/radio technology/radar

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

HIMET S.r.l.
Address
Strada Statale 17 Ovest 36
67100 L'aquila
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 635 750
Administrative Contact
Picciotti Errico (Dr.)

Participants (6)

RST Remote Sensing Technologies
Greece
EU contribution
€ 294 250
Address
Constantinou Palaiologou Str. 7
15232 Athens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Emmanouil A. Anagnostou (Prof.)
PROPLAN LTD
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 159 250
Address
Spyrou Kyprianou, Ergates Industrial Estate 6
1311 Nicosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yiannis Fessas (Dr.)
Eldes S.r.l.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 16 000
Address
Via Di Porto 2/B
50018 Scandicci
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrea Volpi (Mr.)
ETHNIKO ASTEROSKOPEIO ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 13 000
Address
Lofos Nymfon
11810 Athina
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sophia Chyssafi (Dr.)
SERVICIULUI HIDROMETEOROLOGIC DE STAT
Moldova
EU contribution
€ 10 000
Address
Grenoble Street 193
2043 Chisinau
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Valeriu Cazac (Dr.)
CAMERA DI COMMERCIO E INDUSTRIA MOLDO-ITALIANA
Moldova
EU contribution
€ 10 000
Address
Via Vlaicu Pircalab 63
MD-2012 Chisinau
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Roberto Pace (Dr.)