What makes this project unique in my mind is the way it ranges from basic climate science, through impacts, right to working directly with decision-makers
Penny Whetton, IMPREX Advisory Board Member

What is the challenge?

Both floods and droughts cause huge social and economic damage across Europe. For example, the 2013 large-scale floods in Germany caused overall losses of €11.7bn, while the 2014 UK winter floods cost the industry €1.8bn.

Climate change is likely to increase both the frequency and magnitude of floods and droughts  events in the coming years. Future hydrological extremes may be very different from today’s reality and difficult to predict. Changed water-related extremes will have important implications on the water sector and the design of water management practices. There is a need for “actionable research” to guide decisions!

 

IMPREX outcomes

  • 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.

How did we do it?

  • IMPREX was built on the idea that we can learn from today to anticipate tomorrow. The project invested in improving current state-of-the-art forecasting systems and puts current experience with extremes in a future context.
  • IMPREX focused on customising climate information to stakeholders’ needs. The project was designed around a set of case studies addressing six strategic sectoral applications, which provided guidance on current practices and information needed in the field.
  • The co-creative setting guided the development of new forecasting tools, impact and risk assessment concepts, and management strategies.