Joint HEPEX-GFP Workshop

Joint HEPEX-GFP Workshop

NEW!! Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and the travelling restrictions in place in many countries, the 2020 joint HEPEX-GFP workshop is postponed to 2021.

The new dates will be confirmed later, as soon as we have a better view of how the travelling situation will unfold in the next months, and will be posted on this website.

The organising committee apologizes for any inconvenience and thank you for your comprehension.

The joint HEPEX-GFP workshop will be the 8th International Workshop on Hydrological Ensemble Prediction organized by HEPEX (Hydrologic Ensemble Prediction Experiment) and the 10th annual meeting of the GFP (Global Flood Partnership).

When: 28-30 September 2020 (postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus disease outbreak; dates to be announced later)

Where: Sorbonne Université Campus Pierre et Marie Curie, 4 Place Jussieu, 5th arrondissement, Paris, France

The theme of the workshop is ‘Connecting the Dots’. Connecting people, disciplines and efficient techniques is crucial for developing hydrological prediction systems, fostering global partnerships, sharing knowledge and, at the same time, identifying knowledge gaps on flood forecasting, flood risk and drought management and water resources planning.

The workshop will be an opportunity to discuss and exchange on current practices, common challenges and future opportunities to facilitate operational implementations and raise awareness among decision makers in real-time forecasting, monitoring and crisis response.

The workshop aims at addressing questions such as:

  • How do we connect better? Connecting data service providers and operational forecasters, system developers and forecasters, decision makers and society, etc.
  • Open science, open data, open forecasting services: where are we/should we go?
  • Seamless forecasting across space and lead times: an old idea or the new order?
  • Global, continental, regional and local systems: where do they meet?
  • Making global forecasts relevant locally, and local approaches relevant globally: a pipe dream?
  • Communication and visualization: have we explored all the possibilities? How are ensemble forecasts perceived by different user groups?
  • Forecast evaluation: do we understand the quality of our forecasts? Are there best practices to measure the value of the forecasts to the users (stakeholders or society)?
  • Private sector: What is their role in setting up operational forecasting systems at different scales?
  • Big Data and Artificial Intelligence: a coming sea change or just the latest wave?
  • Link with early career scientists: have we set the right paradigms in training the new generation of forecasters?

Contributions to the workshop may cover the following topics:

  • Meteorological and hydrological predictability and forecast skill
  • Communicating ensemble forecasts and uncertainty to support decision-making in practice
  • Forecasting hydrological extremes with ensemble-based approaches: floods and droughts
  • Ensemble forecasts for river level and water management: navigation, agriculture, hydropower, water supply, environmental management, etc.
  • Chaining flood forecasting models to inundation models: approaches, challenges and perspectives
  • Best practices on evaluating the quality of sub-seasonal to seasonal hydrometeorological forecasts and extracting useful information to local applications in the water sector
  • Showcases of services tailored to specific user needs (e.g., emergency managers at different stages before, during and after severe floods, and water managers using global forecast systems for local applications)
  • Use of new datasets and different approaches to improve forecasting systems and risk assessment: contribution of soft data, big data, remote sensing, earth observations, crowdsourced datasets, and artificial intelligence
  • Socio-economic vulnerability assessment, flood damage prediction, and using impact data in real-time forecasting chains and in post-event analyses
  • Forecast economic value at different space and time scales
  • Fostering the science-policy interface in hydrological forecasting
  • Forecasters’ expertise in (semi)automated systems: current practice and future needs

The format of the workshop will be interactive and participants will have the opportunity to connect with people and their work through different sessions, including oral presentations, ignite talks, poster presentations, user panels, and the “marketplace”, a possibility to highlight your latest advances live.

Participants must register in advance to participate, but there is no registration fee.

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Organizing communities:

HEPEX is a global community of researchers and practitioners contributing and working on specific topics related to hydrological forecasting and hydrometeorological ensemble prediction. HEPEX goal is to advance the science and practice of hydrological ensemble prediction and its use in impact- and risk-based decision making. It was established in 2004 and has over 600 members from all over the world. It is the longest unfunded/volunteer effort in the history of hydrometeorological forecasting.

GFP is a volunteer-based community of scientists, operational agencies and flood risk managers from various world countries and institutions, including international organizations, the private sector, national authorities, universities, governmental research agencies and no-profit organizations. It focuses on developing tools for global flood forecasting, monitoring and impact assessment to strengthen flood preparedness and response globally. Launched in 2014, it brings together more than 400 people from 6 continents.

Workshop support funding:

* On Jan 1, 2020, INRA and IRSTEA merged to become INRAE