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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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How the community contributes to urban flood control

How the community contributes to urban flood control

Contributed by Verônica Bernardes (MSc in Civil Engineering – Urban Drainage – CEFET, Minas Gerais, Brazil) On September 4, 2015, I interviewed Solange Fonseca de Araujo, a specialist in Social Psychology, who works for the city of Belo Horizonte (the capital of the state of Minas Gerais in Southeast Brazil) as the coordinator of socio-related studies in urban drainage. Solange coordinates the so called NACs (in Portuguese, “Núcleos de Alerta de Chuva“), which are “Rain Alert Centres” (RACs) that were…

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Learning from past disasters

Learning from past disasters

Contributed by Pavel Raška, J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, Czechia When I was asked to write a post to the HEPEX blog about the use of historical experience in current flash flood risk reduction, I firstly thought that it does not fit into the scope of forecast and modelling issues discussed herein. But then I found the posts that highlight the role of local-base knowledge in impact-based modelling (see here) and the importance of human factor in…

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