South-East European Multi-Hazard Early Warning Advisory System - SEE-MHEWS-A

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Title South-East European Multi-Hazard Early Warning Advisory System - SEE-MHEWS-A
Abstract SEE-MHEWS-A project provides support the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in Southeast Europe in fulfilling their core function: providing timely and accurate warnings of hazardous weather and hydrological events in order to reduce loss of lives and other impacts on people, infrastructure and industry.
The overall objectives of the project are:
  • Strengthened regional cooperation through leveraging of national, regional and global capacities to develop improved hydrometeorological forecasts, advisories and warnings, which will contribute to saving lives and reducing economic losses and damage
  • Strengthened national MHEWS systems by making regional and sub-regional observing, monitoring and forecasting tools and data available to the participating countries and other beneficiaries
  • Implemented impact-based forecasts and risk-based warning capacities that contribute to better informed decision-making by national governments, disaster management authorities, humanitarian agencies, and NGOs
  • Harmonized forecasts and warnings among the NMHS's especially in trans-boundary areas of the region
  • Increased operational forecasting capabilities of NMHS's staff.
Second current phase of this project (2019-2020) focuses on implementing a pilot hydrological modelling system embedded in a numerical weather prediction system, forming the basis of the comprehensive operational regional advisory system.
Four key working components of the project are:
  • Component 1: Observations and databases: Assessing the availability and processing of hydrological and meteorological observational data for quasi-operational meteorological and hydrological modelling
  • Component 2: Provision of meteorological numerical weather prediction and nowcasting data: Setting up of the quasi-operational meteorological forecasting in ensemble configuration, and delivery of nowcasting data for selected river catchments
  • Component 3: Hydrological modeling: Setting up the quasi-operational hydrological modelling system for the selected river catchments
  • Component 4: Project coordination and technical support
Key words numerical weather prediction, verification, observational database, hydrological modelling, model verification, southeast Europe
Responsible person and collaborators dr. sc. Branka Ivančan-Picek, Project Steering Committee
dr. sc. Krešo Pandžić, International advisers or focal points for the SEE-MHEWS-A project
dr. sc. Kristian Horvath, DHMZ project manager, TT on Numerical Weather Prediction
Kristina Kozić, mag. math., TT on Numerical Weather Prediction
Iris Odak Plenković, mag. phys.–geophys., TT on Numerical Weather Prediction
Endi Keresturi, mag. phys.–geophys., TT on Numerical Weather Prediction
Ines Srzić, dipl. ing., TT on Observations
dr. sc. Tatjana Vujnović, TT on Hydrology
Lidija Fuštar, dipl. ing., TT on on Forecasting and Nowcasting
Suzana Panežić, mag. phys. - geophys., TT on on Forecasting and Nowcasting
Duration 16 July 2019 – 31 Dec 2020
Collaborating institutions World Meteorological Organization (WMO), national hydro-meteorological services of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine.
The role of DHMZ on the project DHMZ is engaged in four Task Teams (TTs): TT on Numerical Weather Prediction, TT on Hydrology, TT on Observations and TT on Forecasting and Nowcasting, with the following main activities:
  • Preparation of a meteorological forecast verification methodology for surface meteorological variables
  • Application and development of software tools required to implement the required verification methods
  • Application of the verification methodology to the target river catchment(s)
  • Preparation of verification reports for several numerical weather prediction models (ECMWF, ALADIN, ICON, COSMO, WRF) for each of the 18 countries of SEE-MHEWS-A project
  • Conducting other other tasks in Task Teams in which DHMZ is engaged