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2018, 10th May

Hydrological services for business

“Why hydrological services are important for global businesses? 

How important is having access to hydrological services and forecasts important to support decision-making? 

Which are the important factors that should be taken into consideration when developing hydrological services for business?”

These are just some of the questions that were addresses during the Workshop: Hydrological Services for Business at the ECMWF in Reading, UK, between the 8th and 9th of May, 2018. This workshop offered a unique opportunity for global businesses to meet the Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS) development team and influence the future shape of its hydrological services and forecasting products (GloFAS and EFAS).

The Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS) is a global hydrological service, currently providing global overviews of upcoming flood events (up to 30 days ahead) and of high and low flow (up to 4 months ahead) in rivers across the world. The European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) is a system monitoring and forecasting floods across Europe, currently providing complementary, flood early warning information up to 10 days in advance to its partners (the National/Regional Hydrological Services and the European Response and Coordination Centre (ERCC). Both GloFAS and EFAS are part of the Copernicus Emergency Management System.

Experts working in the CLARA Project (Climate Forecast Enabled Knowledge Services) have been present in this unique event and have contributed to shaping the future of hydrological services and forecasting products by engaging in the discussions and by presenting some of the key characteristics of the CLARA project, particularly in highlighting the need for knowledge-intensive interactions for the co-development of climate services through the activate engagement between service providers and end-users. 

A practical example of one of CLARA’s services, the FloodMage – Flood Damage and Loss Service, has also been presented to and shared with the workshop’s participants during the event, highlighting the necessity of understanding specific needs of end-users when designing and developing hydrological services.

More information about this event can be found here, together with the presentation given by the CLARA team: https://www.ecmwf.int/en/learning/workshops/workshop-hydrological-services-business

2018, 10th May

Hydrological services for business

 

“Why hydrological services are important for global businesses? 

How important is having access to hydrological services and forecasts important to support decision-making? 

Which are the important factors that should be taken into consideration when developing hydrological services for business?”

These are just some of the questions that were addresses during the Workshop: Hydrological Services for Business at the ECMWF in Reading, UK, between the 8th and 9th of May, 2018. This workshop offered a unique opportunity for global businesses to meet the Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS) development team and influence the future shape of its hydrological services and forecasting products (GloFAS and EFAS).

The Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS) is a global hydrological service, currently providing global overviews of upcoming flood events (up to 30 days ahead) and of high and low flow (up to 4 months ahead) in rivers across the world. The European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) is a system monitoring and forecasting floods across Europe, currently providing complementary, flood early warning information up to 10 days in advance to its partners (the National/Regional Hydrological Services and the European Response and Coordination Centre (ERCC). Both GloFAS and EFAS are part of the Copernicus Emergency Management System.

Experts working in the CLARA Project (Climate Forecast Enabled Knowledge Services) have been present in this unique event and have contributed to shaping the future of hydrological services and forecasting products by engaging in the discussions and by presenting some of the key characteristics of the CLARA project, particularly in highlighting the need for knowledge-intensive interactions for the co-development of climate services through the activate engagement between service providers and end-users. 

A practical example of one of CLARA’s services, the FloodMage – Flood Damage and Loss Service, has also been presented to and shared with the workshop’s participants during the event, highlighting the necessity of understanding specific needs of end-users when designing and developing hydrological services.

More information about this event can be found here, together with the presentation given by the CLARA team: https://www.ecmwf.int/en/learning/workshops/workshop-hydrological-services-business