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Acqua Alta: Flooding and Flood Forecasting in Venice, Italy

Acqua Alta: Flooding and Flood Forecasting in Venice, Italy

Contributed by Luigi Cavaleri, Institute of Marine Science (CNR), Venice, Italy. Venice is sinking at a rate of 1-2 mm/y. Combined with the present rate of sea level rise, ~3mm/y, this leads to ever more critical conditions for the possibility of flooding. With half of the city now no more than 80 cm above the present mean sea level and a tidal spring excursion of about 1 metre, any small surge will imply flooding in large parts of the city. A…

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History of Hydrology Wiki – Interview with Keith Beven

History of Hydrology Wiki – Interview with Keith Beven

Have you seen the wiki “History of Hydrology“? It was created by Professor Keith Beven, Professor Emeritus in the Lancaster Environment Centre, in 2016, and we have recently interviewed him to learn more about it: What was your motivation behind creating the “History of Hydrology Wiki”? I have always been interested in the history of the hydrology and hydraulics, which is both long and interesting. A lot of the early history was summarized in the book on the History of Hydrology,…

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The role of Early Career Scientists in community research

The role of Early Career Scientists in community research

Contributed by Florian Pappenberger and Maria-Helena Ramos (both considerably beyond the early career stages, they admit) (this post can also be seen in the Young Hydrologic Society Portal) Science and forecasting practice are the foundations of the HEPEX community. These are certainly the routine of many of us during our office hours and while spending time in front of your computers. But this community is also based on individuals, and this is often what really makes it fun to go to…

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A platform: Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies

A platform: Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies

The “Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies” (CoU) is an efficient platform of exchanges among different actors of different branches of security and crisis management. The CoU initiative came as a response to the complexity of the security and crisis management policy framework and the wide variety of research capacity-building and training initiatives that led to a lack of awareness about policies and/or research project outputs by users, namely policy-makers, scientists, industry/SMEs and practitioners (e.g. civil protection…

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The 15th session of the WMO’s Commission for Hydrology (CHy-15)

The 15th session of the WMO’s Commission for Hydrology (CHy-15)

Contributed by Sinéad Duffy & Oliver Nicholson The Commission for Hydrology (CHy) of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) recently held its fifteenth session in Rome from 7th to 13th December 2016. Oliver Nicholson and I were the Irish representatives and attended the session on Dec 8th & 9th. This was the first Irish attendance at a CHy session since 1980. Oliver works in the Office of Public Works (OPW), the lead Irish state body for coordination and implementation of Government policy…

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