EGU 2017

EGU aims & scope

The European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience. The EGU is looking forward to cordially welcoming you in Vienna.

Several sessions including IMPREX partners are planned:

IMPREX-BINGO (www.projectbingo.euscientific session

From sub-seasonal forecasting to climate projections: predicting hydrologic extremes and servicing water managers (co-organised)

Convener: Louise Crochemore
Co-Conveners: Henning Rust, Christopher White, Johannes Hunink, Tim aus der Beek, Bart van den Hurk, Christel Prudhomme

Already today, many water sectors cope with extreme weather events, climate variability and change. For this purpose, climate services provide science-based and user-specific information on possible impacts. Such information can be based on weather forecasts or on climate projections. In this context, predictions on sub-seasonal, seasonal to decadal timescales are an emerging and essential part of hydrological forecasting. With horizons ranging from months to a decade, these probabilistic forecasts are used in industries such as transport, energy, agriculture, forestry, health, insurance, tourism and infrastructure.

This session aims to cover the advances in climate and hydrological forecasting, and their implications on forecasting extreme events and servicing water users. It welcomes, without being restricted to, presentations on:

- Making use of climate data for hydrological modelling (downscaling, bias correction, temporal disaggregation, spatial interpolation and other technical challenges),
- Methods to improve forecasting of hydrological extremes,
- Improved representations of hydrological extremes in a future climate,
- Seamless forecasting, including downscaling and statistical post- and pre-processing,
- Propagation of climate model uncertainty to hydrological models and impact assessment,
- Lessons learnt from forecasting and managing present day extreme conditions,
- Effective methods to link stakeholder interests and scientific expertise,
- Operational climatic forecasting systems.

The session will bring together research scientists and operational managers in the fields of hydrology, meteorology and climate with the aim of sharing experiences and initiating discussions on this emerging topic. We encourage presentations from initiatives such as the H2020 IMPREX and BINGO projects, and from WWRP/WCRP S2S projects that utilise the newly established S2S project database, and all hydrological relevant applications.

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Additionally, there are three other sessions that are (co-)convened by  IMPREX partners:


Predictability and predictive uncertainty estimation in hydrologic forecasting

Convener: Albrecht Weerts (Deltares)
Co-Conveners: Henrik Madsen, Giovanni Battista Chirico, Oldrich Rakovec, Rodolfo Alvarado Montero, Joshua K. Roundy, Hamid Moradkhani

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Ensemble hydro-meteorological forecasting (co-organized)

Convener: Fredrik Wetterhall (ECMWF)
Co-Conveners: Schalk Jan van Andel, Maria-Helena Ramos (IRSTEA), Jan Verkade, Kolbjorn Engeland, Rodrigo Paiva

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Operational forecasting and warning systems for natural hazards: challenges and innovation

Convener: Femke Davids (Deltares)
Co-Conveners: Jan Szolgay, Michael Cranston, Ilias Pechlivanidis (SMHI)

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Wednesday, 26 April, 11:00–12:00 (Stream)

Many of the goods consumed in Europe, including staples such as coffee or rice, are produced outside its borders, making Europe’s economy dependent on water resources elsewhere in the world. Researchers have studied how vulnerable some key products are to drought and water scarcity, which climate change and weather extremes are making more likely in many of the regions where European goods originate from. They will outline their findings during the press conference. Another team has looked into the question: How can countries mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse emissions in agriculture without compromising food security? Researchers will detail some of the options at the press conference. Finally, we will hear about how climate change and other natural disasters, such as earthquakes, storms or fires, affect the production of one of Europe’s most popular drinks: wine.

Ertug Ercin
Project Manager, Water Footprint Network, The Netherlands
Stefan Frank
Research Scholar, Ecosystems Services and Management, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria
James Daniell
Researcher, Geophysical Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Related scientific sessions: NH9.1/CL2.26HS4.6/CL3.02SSS9.14/BG9.46/CL3.13


Austria Center Vienna (ACV)
Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1, 1220 Wien, Austria

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