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In memoriam Gábor Bálint

In memoriam Gábor Bálint

With these lines we would like to pay respect to Gábor Bálint – an enthusiastic hydrologist, a promoter of probabilistic flood forecasting, and a devoted supporter and member of HEPEX. His unexpected death is a great loss for the hydrological community. After his degree as civil engineer at the Russian State Hydro-meteorological University in St. Petersburg in 1973, Gábor worked at VITUKI Environmental Protection and Water Management Research Institute in Hungary. Since 2008, he was leading the Hungarian Hydrological Forecasting…

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The future of HEPEX: 100 years from now

The future of HEPEX: 100 years from now

Contributed by Florian Pappenberger and Maria-Helena Ramos Soon we will be celebrating 10 years of HEPEX and other posts have already highlighted what we have achieved. Our Science and Implementation plan also lists past achievements and looks into the immediate (3-5 years) future. The scientist and fiction writer Isaac Asmiov was brave (or foolish) enough to look what may happen 50 years in the future (for details see here). For 2014, he predicted: electroluminescent panels, new tools of communication, new…

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Challenges of Operational River Forecasting

Challenges of Operational River Forecasting

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. I, with ten international colleagues, recently published a paper in the Journal of Hydrometeorology titled “Challenges of Operational River Forecasting” (email me for a copy). Drawing on experiences from dozens of countries, we outlined some of the issues facing forecasters today. This blog post lists some of the main…

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HEPEX 10 years ago: Did the vision come true?

HEPEX 10 years ago: Did the vision come true?

Contributed by John Schaake and Roberto Buizza In December 2003, in our ‘Proposal for an International Hydrological Ensemble Prediction Experiment (HEPEX)’, we wrote that: ‘the main objective how HEPEX is to bring the international hydrological community together with the meteorological community to demonstrate how to produce reliable “engineering quality” hydrological ensemble forecasts that can be used to assist the water resources sector to make decisions that have important consequences for the economy and for public health and safety’ () In…

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16th HEPEX Webinar: Using satellite snow cover images to enhance performance of snow, glacier and rain runoff projections for hydro power usages

16th HEPEX Webinar: Using satellite snow cover images to enhance performance of snow, glacier and rain runoff projections for hydro power usages

Speaker: David Finger Date and time: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 15:00 GMT Summer Time (UTC +01:00) Register: https://ecmwf.webex.com/ecmwf/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=958073775 Abstract: The quantification of snow, glacier and rainwater contribution to runoff in mountain streams is of major importance in order to anticipate adequate water management of hydropower reservoirs. While seasonal glacier melt contribution depends on general meteorological conditions during the summer months, snow cover is governed by winter precipitation and spring temperatures and direct runoff depends on rainfall patterns (e.g Crochet 2013)….

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