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A Month of Storms: Ciara, Dennis and Atmospheric Rivers

A Month of Storms: Ciara, Dennis and Atmospheric Rivers

Contributed by Helen Griffith, Dept of Geography & Environmental Science, University of Reading, UK. February 2020 has been announced as the wettest February on record for most of the UK[1]. The arrival of Storms Ciara and Dennis led to widespread flooding and the recovery is expected to cost the insurance industry over £225m[2]. Saturated soils combined with additional rainfall mean that, at the time of writing, over 100 flood warnings are still in place across England and Wales and the…

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HEPEX-ers: You are challenged!

HEPEX-ers: You are challenged!

Contributed by Florian Teichert, WMO. The WMO HydroHub has partnered with the organizers of the Open Seventeen Challenge to publish challenges around the topic of “Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Operational Hydrology”, to which students from all over the world can submit solutions. Contributions from the developing and least-developed world would be especially welcomed to give students a chance to make a difference. This is part of the University of Geneva organized Open Seventeen (O17) Challenges targeting one or more of…

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Helping shape a new flood forecasting service in The wellington region, new zealand

Helping shape a new flood forecasting service in The wellington region, new zealand

Contributed by Michael Cranston (RAB), Andy Brown (Greater Wellington Regional Council) and Bapon Fakhruddin (Tonkin and Taylor). The flooding challenge in Wellington Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) are embarking on a programme to establish improved flood forecasting services across the Wellington Region on New Zealand’s north island. Flooding is considered New Zealand’s number one natural hazard with flood emergencies estimated to have cost $17 million a year in insurance payments and $15 million in emergency management expenditure between 1968 and…

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GloFAS-ERA5 reanalysis: River discharge ‘maps without gaps’ from 1979-present

GloFAS-ERA5 reanalysis: River discharge ‘maps without gaps’ from 1979-present

Contributed by Shaun Harrigan, ECMWF. In an ideal world we would have river discharge measurements for every river spanning many decades and updated in real time. We all know this is very far from reality with severe gaps in the global observing network (Lavers et al., 2019), and provides a fundamental challenge for hydrological monitoring and forecasting. A way forward pioneered in the field of meteorology and climate is to optimally combine available in situ and satellite Earth system observations…

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HEPEX Advances and Applications at MODSIM

HEPEX Advances and Applications at MODSIM

At the 23rd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2019), from 1-6 December 2019 in Canberra, Australia, a HEPEX session highlighted recent work in hydrometeorological forecasting. Seline Ng from CSIRO discusses HEPEX highlights from MODSIM2019: We are glad to report that our session titled “Advances and applications in hydrometeorological forecasting” at the recent MODSIM2019 conference in Canberra, Australia went well, with a strong showing by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), CSIRO Land & Water and University of Melbourne. Ours…

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