Hydrological forecasting at EGU 2018 – what not to miss next week!

The EGU 2018 Annual General Assembly will take place next week, from 8–13 April 2017 in Vienna as usual. The HEPEX community will be represented in many ways, and below you will find a quick guide to the most relevant sessions for hydrometeorological forecasters throughout the week. The sub-session on hydrological forecasting consists of 5 oral and poster sessions and 1 pico session. Get the EGU app now and tag the sessions!

The very first day will kick off with two very interesting sessions just after lunch, the sub-seasonal to climate, and after that the hydrometeorological forecasting session

13:30–15:00 / Room 2.15From sub-seasonal forecasting to climate projections: predicting hydrologic extremes and servicing water managers – Learn more about everything from seasonal to decadal predictions, reservoir and water resources management

15:30–17:00 / Room 2.15Ensemble hydro-meteorological forecasting and predictive uncertainty estimation – Grab a coffee and return to the same room for a very diverse session on forecasting and uncertainty estimation. Then make your way to the poster session for both sessions.

POSTER SESSION 17:30–19:00 / Hall A: Come to discuss with poster presenters for flash floods and ensemble forecasters and meet colleagues of the Hydrological forecasting sub-division.


On the second day, we dive into flash floods in the morning and the afternoon offers the very popular PICO session on operational forecasting and warning system for natural hazards:

08:30–10:00 / Room B: Flash floods and associated hydro-geomorphic processes: observation, modelling and warning – This session offers a number of highlighted talks, such as near real-time flash flood impact forecasting, validating impacts from insurance data and monitoring of ungauged catchments with photogrammetric methods

The  meeting of the Sub-Division on Hydrological Forecasting will be convened by MH Ramos, on Tue, 10 Apr, 10:30–12:00 / Room 2.83
It is open to everybody. Come and join us, notably if you want to meet colleagues or get more involved in the organization of sessions

13:30–17:00 / PICO spot A: Operational forecasting and warning systems for natural hazards: challenges and innovation – as last year, this interactive PICO session aims to bridge the gap between science and practice in operational forecasting for different water-related natural hazard

POSTER SESSION 17:30–19:00 / Hall A: The posters for the flash flood session is as always a good venue to discuss science and enjoy the hospitality


Wednesday is another packed day, with the session on droughts and water scarcity in the morning and games and statistical post-processing in the afternoon. Do not forget the HS division meeting at lunch!

08:30–12:00 / Room 2.44: Drought and water scarcity: monitoring, modelling and forecasting to improve hydro-meteorological risk management – the session includes everything from megadroughts in Chile to crop vulnerability in Kenya alongside presentations on new techniques to monitor and model droughts.

10.30-11.30 / Room L6: Towards forecasts and early warnings of natural hazards everywhere – for the Plinius Medal Lecture, Hannah Cloke will illustrate some of our recent successes, the best future opportunities and the critical challenges in forecasting and providing early warnings of natural hazards at the global scale.
The Division meeting for Hydrological Sciences (HS) will be convened by Elena Toth, on Wed, 11 Apr, 12:15–13:15 / Room B. It is the opportunity  to learn more about the way sessions related to Hydrological Sciences are organized at the EGU Assembly. You’re all welcome!

15:30–17:00 / Room 0.49: Advances in statistical post-processing for deterministic and ensemble forecasts – learn more about Bayesian post-processing techniques, post-processing of spatial extremes and proper scoring rules.

Other sessions that are of great interest:

13:30–15:00 / Room L7: Games for Geoscience – Learn how games can be a good way to promote science and practice! As you know, games has long been a part of HEPEX activities.

13:30–15:00 / Room L7: Coupled atmosphere-hydrological modeling for improved hydro-meteorological predictions – A very interesting session on coupled atmosphere-land experiments and effects of feedbacks.

POSTER SESSION  15:30 – 17:00 Hall X1  for the games and 17:30–19:00 Hall A for the droughts and Hall X4 for post-processing


Even though the hydrological forecasting sessions are already over, there are plenty of more interesting presentations to look forward to:

08:30–10:00 / Room 2.95: Advances in socio-hydrology, which attempt to better understand the dynamic interactions and feedbacks within diverse coupled human-water system

13:30–17:00 / Room C: History of hydrology – brush up on your hydrological history and learn more on hydrology in ancient Greece and India, and of course the history of HEPEX!

POSTER SESSION 17:30–19:00, will be in Hall A

Another tradition in Vienna: the HEPEX social gathering @ EGU. As in last year, it will be co-organized with partners of the IMPREX H2020 project. It will take place on Thursday evening at 8:30pm at the Restaurant Melker Stiftskeller (Schottengasse 3, A-1010 Wien). There is a limit of the number of places, so if you have not already booked, please do so via this form.


Last day of the EGU Assembly and again a full day of presentations:

08:30–17:00 / Room C: Hydrological extremes: from droughts to floods – Extreme events from floods to droughts and everything in between

13:30–17:00 / Room 0.49: Subseasonal-to-Seasonal (S2S) Prediction: meteorology and impactsa new session dedicated to understanding predictability of forecasts on the sub-seasonal to seasonal scale

POSTER SESSION 17:30–19:00, will be in Hall A for the hydrological extremes and HALL X5 for the S2S session

As you can see there is plenty to see and do in Vienna. See you there!

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