A scientific “ambassador” beyond HEPEX – interview with Maria-Helena Ramos

A scientific “ambassador” beyond HEPEX – interview with Maria-Helena Ramos

Contributed by Ilias Pechlivanidis.  During summer 2018, I could easily spot a single HEPEX member for her persistent forecasts regarding the (potential) winner of the 2018 World Cup international football tournament. Unfortunately her favourite team did not succeed at the end, but Maria-Helena Ramos does not need a 100% hit rate in predicting a football winner to secure her place in the HEPEX ‘wall of fame’; this has already been earned by her long-term commitment to the community, her continuous…

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HEPEX 2018 Year in Review

HEPEX 2018 Year in Review

In the last HEPEX blog post of the year, we’re taking a look back at our highlights of 2018! This year, we published 36 blog posts, with contributions from HEPEX-ers across the globe.  But first of all, a quick reminder of important HEPEX events coming up soon: The abstract deadline for EGU 2019 (7-12 April, Vienna) is fast approaching – don’t forget to submit your abstract by 10th January! Click here for an overview of hydrological-forecasting-related sessions, and here for information…

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Can hydrological forecasting contribute to Science & Art projects?

Can hydrological forecasting contribute to Science & Art projects?

Contributed by Maria-Helena Ramos and Louise Arnal. In 1991, L. D. James starts his book chapter stating that “[i]n content, hydrology is a science; in practice it is an art”. The discussion that follows reflects on the links between science and practice at the time of writing, questioning how much “the art of hydrology [was becoming] increasingly outdated” and highlighting the “pressure for new methods” to keep on securing decision makers in water resources planning with “sound scientific information for…

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An Interview with Rafael Pimentel – Winner of the HEPEX Logo Competition

An Interview with Rafael Pimentel – Winner of the HEPEX Logo Competition

Contributed by Ilias Pechlivanidis. Rafael (also known as Rafa) has been a key member of SMHI’s Hydrology R&D group for about 2 years. I personally got to meet him a year earlier at EGU to discuss about hydrological processes in data-sparse mountainous regions and Spanish reservoir regulations which are quite difficult to describe. However what makes Rafa unique is the multi-dimensionality of his character that can jump from serious to funny and from hydrological world explorer to the winner of…

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Forecasts of water variables – interview with Ilias Pechlivanidis

Forecasts of water variables – interview with Ilias Pechlivanidis

I can’t exactly remember the first time I met Ilias, but I can remember that every time we have the opportunity to sit together, we end up having great talks about hydrology, modelling and Greece (including its food/drink specialities and beautiful places to visit!). Ilias is a senior hydrologist at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) since 2012. He has broad experience in hydrological modelling and forecasting, and has been recently appointed Scientific leader of the theme “Forecasts of…

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