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Project

IMproving PRedictions and management of hydrological EXtremes (IMPREX)

Description:

Droughts and floods have caused immense damage across Europe in the past decades and are likely to occur more frequently in the future due to climate change. The IMPREX project supported the reduction of Europe’s vulnerability to hydrological extremes through improved understanding of the intensity and frequency of future disrupting events. It provided an alternative and tangible way to depict climate change consequences by focusing on past events put in a future climate context. The goals of the project were to:

  • Develop methods and tools to improve the forecasting of meteorological and hydrological extremes and their impacts.
  • Develop novel risk assessment concepts for hydrological extremes that respond to limitations of current methods and assessment practices.
  • Demonstrate in a set of case studies the value of information on hydrological impacts to relevant stakeholders at regional and European scale.
  • Develop a prototype periodic outlook of multi-sectoral and trans-regional risks for hydrological hazards.

Project partners developed innovative approaches, tools and 10 practical case studies to help improve the ability to anticipate and respond to future hydrological extreme events. They demonstrated the successful uptake of innovation in practice and provided recommendations on decision-making and integration into EU policy frameworks. The IMPREX team analysed and improved current state-of-the art forecasting systems and management procedures. It harmonised the requirements for daily operations and long-term planning, providing evidence-based solutions for improved management support. Team members also designed innovative risk assessment concepts for hydrological extremes that respond to the limitations of existing methods and assessment practices.

Project information

Lead

The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)

Partners

EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR MEDIUM-RANGE WEATHER FORECASTS, United Kingdom
SVERIGES METEOROLOGISKA OCH HYDROLOGISKA INSTITUT, Sweden
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT, France
POTSDAM INSTITUT FUER KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG, Germany
ARCTIK SRL, Belgium
BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER - CENTRO NACIONAL DE SUPERCOMPUTACION, Spain
MET OFFICE, United Kingdom
POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS, Greece
THE UNIVERSITY OF READING, United Kingdom
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM GEESTHACHT ZENTRUM FUR MATERIAL- UND KUSTENFORSCHUNGGMBH, Germany
STICHTING DELTARES, Netherlands
STICHTING VU, Netherlands
ADELPHI RESEARCH GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH, Germany
HKV LIJN IN WATER BV, Netherlands
FUTUREWATER SL, Spain
CETAQUA, CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DEL AGUA, FUNDACION PRIVADA, Spain
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA, Spain
POLITECNICO DI MILANO, Italy
Centro Internazionale in Monitoraggio Ambientale - Fondazione CIMA, Italy
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ, Germany
Bundesanstalt fuer Gewaesserkunde, Germany
STICHTING WATER FOOTPRINT NETWORK, Netherlands

Source of funding

H2020-EU.3.5.4.

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Published in Climate-ADAPT Apr 08 2021   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Dec 12 2023

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