Contributed by Maria-Helena Ramos
At the beginning of the year, we launched a short online survey to gather some views and opinions about Hepex and start a discussion on the future of Hepex: how should the community continue its efforts? What should Hepex be in 10 years’ time?
During the 7th International Hepex Workshop in Melbourne we had an interactive poster that complemented this survey and collected some more views and opinions from the participants of the workshop.
Below you will find some interesting results from this survey, summarized from the 40 responses collected and the workshop poster.
Who we are
The online survey received answers from people working all over the world, as can be seen below:
- more involved in science, operations, ensemble techniques, hydrological modelling and verification;
- less involved in policy making, flood inundation mapping, evaluation of economic value and user-driven evaluation.
See the answers below for:
“How much are you involved in…”
- Forecasting science
- Operational forecasting
- Forecast-based decision making
- Policy making
- Ensemble techniques in meteorology
- Ensemble techniques in hydrology
- Hydrological modelling for forecasting systems
- Flood inundation mapping
- Data assimilation
- Statistical pre/post-processing, bias correction
- Verification of forecast quality
- Evaluation of the economic value of forecasts
- User-driven evaluation of forecast added value
A large majority (72.5%) visit the Hepex Blog Portal at least once a month (50%, at least twice a month). Additionally, 90% of the survey respondents say they are satisfied or very satisfied with Hepex.
- The Hepex activities they like most are workshops, sessions or meetings at major conferences, special journal issues, the Blog portal, mailing list and interview posts.
- There was no majority “disliking” a particular activity, but some people said they like “very little” Twitter, LinkedIn and Hepex Daily.
- “No opinion” was more often voted for Hepex Daily, Twitter, LinkedIn and Experiments and testbeds.
“How much do you like the following HEPEX activities?”
- HEPEX Workshops
- HEPEX sessions or meetings at major conferences (EGU, AGU, IAHS)
- HEPEX experiments or testbeds
- Special HEPEX journal issue
- The Blog Portal (www.hepex.org)
- Notifications through the HEPEX Google mailing list
- Communication through HEPEX LinkedIn
- Communication through HEPEX Twitter
- The HEPEX Daily!
- Interview blog posts
- April fools! blog posts
Some respondents noted that, given limited and volunteer resources, Hepex is already doing plenty of activities. However, some suggested other possible additional activities that we could have in Hepex. The main suggestions are compiled below:
|Young Hepex-ers, training and outreach:
|Post-event analyses, testbeds, experiments:
|Funding & projects, regional activities, science advising:
|Publications, website & tools:
“Today, Hydrological Ensemble Prediction is…”
“For me, HEPEX is….”
- a way of keeping in touch.
- a community of researchers working on similar / related research topics to myself and my interests.
- a platform to know what is currently ongoing in hydrological science.
- a very useful network to discuss broad scientific and technical questions related to hydrometeorological ensemble forecasts.
- greatly needed to promote ensemble hydrological forecasting.
- a community of scientists with a common interest.
- a great community.
- very important! Keep me update!
- the place to be.
- my scientific family (a bit cheesy but true).
- a friendly and open group of scientists who believe more progress can be made as a collective rather than only individuals.
- mainly a science community.
- an international scientific/user community, in which I can disseminate results from my investigations efficiently, whilst I can get constructive criticism. These are the benefits of being a member of a family.
- a place to be inspired and challenged.
- a very inclusive community of researchers and practitioners furthering the development and use of ensemble prediction methods for streamflow.
- a family.
- an informal community of people interested in hydrometeorological forecasting, trying to stay connected with the latest science and find collaborators.
- a coalition of the willing.
- a community of common ideas and purpose.
- non funded excellence in science done by peers that are also friends.
- a nice resource to keep updated with developments in ensemble forecasting.
- a welcoming, competent and active community!
- an initiative to coordinate world-wide work and advance flood prediction.
- motivation and support.
- a great community of ensemble forecast researchers, users and communicators.
- a community where people exchange ideas and collaborate.
- a collaborative scientific community dedicated to improving ensemble flow forecast and developing its operational implementation.
- the reference community in probabilistic hydrologic forecasting.
- interesting as an outsider.
- the best scientific group I’ve ever met.
- a way to stay connected with the ensemble forecasting community.
- an outstanding example of international scientific community.
- HEPEX is a window that I can view the world of ESP research.
“The future of HEPEX is….”
We could identify four main groups of responses:
|SCIENCE AND OPERATIONS
|COMMUNITY AND MEMBERSHIP
“The future of hydrological forecasting is….”
Three main aspects are highlighted in the responses:
|COMMUNICATION AND NEW SYNERGIES|
This survey is the first step into a discussion that will certainly help us moving forward with updated goals to better tackle the main challenges the community face today, almost fifteen years after the first meeting that launched HEPEX as a novel experiment in the international hydrological sciences community.
A big “thank you” to all those who took their time to answer and participate!
If you have any additional comments, post them in the comment box below.
Survey organizers: Maria-Helena Ramos, Fredrik Wetterhall, Andy Wood, QJ Wang, Florian Pappenberger, Jan Verkade, Hannah Cloke, Ilias Pechlivanidis, and François Anctil.