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Author: Fredrik Wetterhall

#FloodHack inspired ideas to improve global flood forecasting

#FloodHack inspired ideas to improve global flood forecasting

The #FloodHack on 16 -17 January at ECMWF in Reading brought together about 50 volunteers from ECMWF, universities, environmental consultancies and software development companies over a weekend of development. Their goal was to explore ways of making the Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS) more user-friendly for its end-users. Tools that could save lives worldwide After some introduction to GloFAS and brainstorming around challenges that needed to be addressed, the participants were free to form teams and formulate a problem that could…

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Special issue in HESS: Sub-seasonal to seasonal hydrological forecasting

Special issue in HESS: Sub-seasonal to seasonal hydrological forecasting

To start of 2016 on a positive note, HEPEX is happy to invite contributions to a special issue in HESS on sub-seasonal to seasonal hydrological forecasting. The special issue is a follow-up on the workshop in Norrköping in September 2015 as well as the workshops in Koblenz in 2014 and 2015. The issue will accept contributions that covers any of the topics listed below: User needs for seasonal forecasts (for example, hydropower, agriculture, navigation, insurance companies, groundwater, and health and safety-risk…

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#FloodHack – Help improve the Global Flood Awareness System

#FloodHack – Help improve the Global Flood Awareness System

Are you interested in global flood forecasting? Are you a good code hacker? Or perhaps a bit of both? Then maybe a Hackathon would be something for you? On the 16-17 January ECMWF invites everybody interested in improving the Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS) to a weekend of hacking. During the event we will improve the usability of the system as well as making use of new data sources and developing the system’s functionality. The event is free for everyone and we will…

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What makes you a good hydrologist?

What makes you a good hydrologist?

by Jan Danhelka, a HEPEX 2015 Guest Columnist I know there are many activities in the field of hydrology, including field hydrologist maintaining the gauging network and performing discharge measurements, scientist, model developers and forecasters. I will concentrate on the last group. So what makes you a good hydrologist – forecaster? This is my short subjective not reviewed list of “to do”: 1 – Know your basin You should learn about the geology, relief, land cover and other specifics of…

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99 ways to think more clearly?

99 ways to think more clearly?

by Anders Persson Another “international bestseller” that, just like Daniel Kahneman’s book on fast and slow thinking, for once deserves its name is Rolf Dorbelli’s “The Art of Thinking Clearly” from 2012, now in pocket. It is also available in French “”L’Art de penser clairement” and in German. The German edition “Kunst des klaren Denkens” is no translation, but the original since Dorbelli is Swiss! The book consists of 99 chapters, of 2-3 pages, each describing a typical path to…

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