HEPEX has had a makeover!

HEPEX has had a makeover!

You may have noticed that this website, and the HEPEX social media accounts, are looking a little different. At the HEPEX workshop in February 2018, it was decided that the HEPEX online platforms could do with a bit of an update, and that HEPEX should finally get an official logo.  So a few months ago, we asked for your help to give HEPEX a shiny new logo! The competition received many designs which we put to a public vote before giving…

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23 (+1) unsolved questions in hydrology

23 (+1) unsolved questions in hydrology

Contributed by Bettina Schaefli Have you heard about the “23 unsolved problems” initiative of IAHS, in reference to the 23 unsolved problems of Hilbert? After the launch of this initiative in November 2017, the web-based discussion culminated in a round of brainstorming at EGU 2018 and in a voting process at the Vienna Catchment Science Symposium. Personally, I did not contribute any question at the discussion stage. I simply could not think of a question that relates to observed phenomena,…

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Take a Breath of the Wild: geoscience in computer games

Take a Breath of the Wild: geoscience in computer games

contributed by Rolf Hut During the recent “Games for Geoscience” session at the EGU General Assembly in Vienna, researchers, many from HEPEX among them, presented how they use games to actively communicate scientific results and/or to engage with stakeholders. The success of using games for science communication sparked a new question in us (Sam Illingworth, Chris Skinner, Casper Albers and Rolf Hut). We wonder how people in general, and earth scientists in particular, view computer-generated landscape images that are now…

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HEPEX logo competition: reveal your inner artist!

HEPEX logo competition: reveal your inner artist!

contributed by Shaun Harrigan and Louise Arnal We need your help! HEPEX (Hydrologic Ensemble Prediction EXperiment) needs a shiny new logo* and we think there is untapped artistic talent bursting to be free within the community, so we are running an online competition seeking the “next top logo”. Established in 2004, the HEPEX mission is to demonstrate the added value of hydrological ensemble predictions for emergency management and water resources sectors to make decisions that have important consequences for the…

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Developing and running an ensemble prediction system – Interview with Jutta Thielen-del Pozo

Developing and running an ensemble prediction system – Interview with Jutta Thielen-del Pozo

Posted by Maria-Helena Ramos (IRSTEA) I met Jutta Thielen-del Pozo in 2005, when I went to the JRC in Ispra, Italy, to take a post-doctoral position. I had been doing research in hydrology for some time, but I didn’t know anything about ensemble predictions when I joined her team. They were developing the European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) and the first tests using weather ensemble predictions to issue EFAS warnings were just starting. I was fortunate enough to count with…

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