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, observational database, hydrological modelling, model verification, southeast Europe
Responsible person and collaborators dr. sc. Kristian Horvath, DHMZ
Iris Odak Plenković, mag. phys.–geophys., DHMZ
Endi Keresturi, mag. phys.–geophys., DHMZ
Kristina Kozić, mag. math., DHMZ
Antonio Stanešić, mag. phys.–geophys., DHMZ
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, Turkey, and Ukraine.
The role of DHMZ on the project The expert team of the Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service (DHMZ) will provide expertise for design, implementation and application of the verification system for various numerical weather prediction systems which will be set up for the SEE-MHEWS-A project.