There are a lot of very dedicated teams of researchers who are well positioned within the initiative to work from the production end down to the stakeholder needs… it will be very exciting to see where this project ends up.
Andy Wood, IMPREX Advisory Board Member

ECMWF webinar on Seasonal forecast

Webinar in the introduction of seasonal and sub-seasonal forecast in Spanish. This webinar, as an initiative of ECMWF,  covers the main aspects for a correct interpretation of meteorological forecasts from 2 weeks to 7 months and a better understanding of their uncertainties and skill.

This webinar was developed with the aim of improving the knowledge of these difficult forecast periods and facilitate its understanding within the Spanish community, mainly for IMPREX partners but also other users and costumes of IMPREX hydrological and meteorological products.

 

Dr Florence Rabier, Director General, ECMWF

Is there an interaction between DRR and climate change services, and if yes, how does that look like? Are there any discussions about verifying weather forecasts with a hydrological-user focus? How can the hydrological forecasting community contribute to such efforts? How does IMPREX fit into the ECMWF strategy and what value does the project have for the ECMWF member and co-operating states?

These are just a few of the questions we asked Dr Florence Rabier, Director General of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). 

We interviewed her during the latest IMPREX General Assembly, held at ECMWF in Reading. 

Watch the video below to find out her answers to these and other questions!

 

Maria-Helena Ramos, IMPREX Project Partner

The interview is part of the series 'Ils l'ont fait !by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency ADEME.

'Le but du projet est assez pratique. Il s'agit de fournir des services climatiques et hydrologiques pour les gestionnaires afin de les aider dans la prise de décisions.' 

Watch the video below to learn more about IMPREX and Maria-Helena's experiences from the project. 

 

Andy Wood, IMPREX Advisory Board

Coming from the United States National Center for Atmospheric Research, Andy Wood is one of IMPREX’s Advisory Board members. He is a participant in the external evaluation of the IMPREX project, and his background and expertise provide IMPREX with reliable and effective evaluations which widen the overall impact of the project.

‘There are a lot of very dedicated teams of researchers who are well positioned within the initiative to work from the production end down to the stakeholder needs… it will be very exciting to see where this project ends up.’

Find out more about Andy and his role in the IMPREX project in the video below.

 

Hans de Moel, IMPREX Project Partner

With there being a higher frequency of hydrological extremes, Hans de Moel explains IMPREX's novel concepts related to hydro-meteorological risk assessment. 

'With exploring these four concepts within IMPREX, we want to better the assessments of the impacts of hydrological extremes.'

 

Sectoral Surveys

Ertug Ercin, IMPREX Project Partner

Ertug Ercin, from Water Footprint Network, explains how weather extremes and climate change outside of Europe will affect Europe itself. The work of this study will be important for policy makers, industrial and the agricultural sectors.

With our interconnected world, where countries are dependent upon each other for food and energy imports, understanding how other areas of the world are impacted by climate change is imperative.

Watch the video for more insights!

 

Case Studies

Andrea Castelletti, IMPREX Project Partner

The Lake Como case study aims to assess new forecast products and climate services and their applicability to the Lake Como Basin. 

‘We will explore whether we can better exploit hydropower & be more prepared to manage drought’, explains Andrea Castelletti from Politecnico di Milano.

Find out more in the video below.

 

Dennis Meißner, IMPREX Project Partner

Dennis Meißner, from the German Federal Institute of Hydrology, tells us how his IMPREX study will improve forecasting for the transport sector across Central European Rivers.

‘We will try to develop tailored products which could be used by different parties involved in the transportation area along the waterways.'

 

Ilias Pechlivanidis, IMPREX Project Partner

Coming from the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), Ilias Pechlivanidis explains the elements of the Umeälven river case study and how it is improving forecasting and predictions in Swedish river systems.

‘By having added value in forecasts, we expect to assess the added economical value. That goes back to the objective of the stakeholders, which is to improve their energy production.’

 

Albrecht Weerts, IMPREX Project Partner

IMPREX's Pan-European case study delivers high quality risk forecasting that will help those working on the waterways across Europe deal with flood and drought. With these risks occurring at a higher rate in some of Europe's largest rivers, effective forecasting makes all the difference in being able to deal with extreme weather in Europe.

Find out more on the Pan-European case study from the video below: