Improving forecasting and management of hydrological extremes – IMPREX project launched under H2020

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Improving Predictions and Management of Hydrological Extremes through Climate Services

Recent hydrological extreme events demonstrate the vulnerability of European society to water-related natural hazards, and there is strong evidence that climate change will worsen these events in the coming years.

An improved forecasting through better prediction of drivers of this type of situations is urgently needed to appropriately inform science-based risk management strategies and adaptation options. Such enhancement in our forecast capability will increase the resilience of the European society as a whole, while reducing costs for strategic sectors and regions.

In this context, IMPREX (IMproving PRedictions and management of hydrological EXtremes) will advance the state of the art of operational hydro-meteorological forecasting systems at short to seasonal time scales. The project consortium of 23 partners brings together expertise from both the public and private sector and is well positioned to bridge the gap that often exists between users and providers of hydro-climatic information.

As a key outreach product, a periodic hydrological risk outlook for Europe will be produced. The direct involvement of a broad range of stakeholders that routinely develop risk management strategies in key economic sectors will ensure the relevance and uptake of the project outputs.

The project officially kicked off on 1 October and will continue for a four-year period. As work package leader, Arctik will provide specialist communication expertise for the project funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme in the context of the recent “Water cycle under a future climate”.

The planned activities include: developing communication, dissemination and exploitation plans, establishing a visual identity for IMPREX through creation of project logo and website, direct outreach activities, as well as press release and producing information materials for the general public.

More information will soon be published on www.imprex.eu

Involved partners: Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, European Centre for Medium-range Weather forecasting, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, National research institute of science and technology for environment and agriculture, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Catalan Institute of Climate Science, United Kingdom Meteorological Service, Technical University of Crete, University of Reading, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht – Climate Service Centre, Stichting Deltares, Institute for Environmental Research – VU,adelphi research GmbH, HKV – Lijn in Water, Future Water, CETaqua Water Technology Centre, Politechnical University of Valencia, Politechnical University of Milan, CIMA Environmental Research Foundation, German Helmholtz Research Centre for Geosciences, ARCTIK, Federal Institute of Hydrology, and Water Footprint Network.