Category Archives: droughts

Drought Monitoring and Prediction in South Asia

Contributed by:  Vimal Mishra* and Saran Aadhar, Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar, India Drought is one of the most complex natural disasters. In South Asia — a region including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan — … Continue reading

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Real-time forecasts for your holidays in Switzerland. Keep tuned and give feedback!

In Switzerland the 1st of June represents the unofficial start of the flash-flood season. Against this, in 2013 we selected June 1st to launch our www.drought.ch platform on early recognition of critical droughts (see this post here). At that moment, … Continue reading

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Streamflow flood monitoring and forecasting over Africa with little data

By Justin Sheffield (Princeton University) Recent flooding in Mozambique caused almost 100 deaths and displaced 150,000 people, with extensive damage to infrastructure. Forecasting such an event is a challenge because of the scarcity of on-the-ground data and lack of capacity … Continue reading

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For discussion: Are we getting close to integrating water and climate information?

Contributed by Tom Pagano, a HEPEX guest columnist for 2014 The opinions expressed here are solely the author’s and do not express the views or opinions of his employer or the Australian Government. Following on a post earlier this week about the upcoming … Continue reading

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Seasonal Streamflow Forecast Service influencing water decisions

Contributed by Paul Feikema Australian streamflows are among the most variable in the world. Streamflow forecasts are vital in helping water managers and users make informed decisions. They indicate the likelihood of being above or below defined criteria for making … Continue reading

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14th HEPEX Webinar: Projection of occurrence of extreme dry-wet years and seasons in Europe with stationary and nonstationary Standardized Precipitation Indices

Speaker: Simone Russo Date and time: Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 15:00 UTC Register: https://ecmwf.webex.com/ecmwf/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=957913545 Abstract: The probabilities of the occurrence of extreme dry/wet years and seasons in Europe are estimated by using both the Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) and the … Continue reading

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Definition of drought vulnerability for forecasting

Contributed by Luis Garrote Forecasting droughts is an important part of the HEPEX activities. Like other natural hazards, the effects of drought have both a natural and social component.  Defining vulnerability to drought is complex and involves some measure of … Continue reading

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10th HEPEX webinar: Seamless forecasting of floods and droughts and other extreme events

It is time for yet another HEPEX webinar, this time by Florian, who will talk about seamless forecasting. Please pre-register by clicking the link. Also, the last seminar of 2013 which is scheduled for December 19 at 3:30pm will be … Continue reading

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www.drought.ch – Early recognition of critical droughts in Switzerland

In recent years Switzerland experienced some unprecedented drought situations. At the political level solutions have been requested for early recognition of hydrological droughts. A prototype information platform has been developed to guide water resources management during situation where water resources … Continue reading

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Special Issue on Drought forecasting and warning

Special issue in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences on Drought forecasting and warning. As of 15 June 2013, authors can submit their contributions by using the online registration form on the HESS website. The deadline for submission is 15 Dec … Continue reading

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