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DAREFFOR Danube River Basin Enhanced Flood Forecasting Cooperation

Project title: Danube River Basin Enhanced Flood Forecasting Cooperation (DAREFFORT) – INTERREG Danube Transnational Programme
Project team UL:: prof. dr. Mitja Brilly, izr. prof. dr. Mojca Šraj, dr. Mira Kobold, dr. Sašo Petan, Mojca Vilfan, mag. Andrej Vidmar, dr. Gorazd Novak
Duration:

36 months

1. June 2018 – 31. May 2021

Project code: DTP2-064-2.1

 

Lead partner VIZITERV Environ Ltd.
Project leader at UL: izr. prof. dr. Mojca Šraj (UL)
Partners: OVF, STASA, ECONOMICA, SWME, SHMU, CW, NIHWM, NIMH BAS, UL, UHMC, ICPDR, MFAT, ARSO, MOP, JRC, WMO, ISRBC, BMNT, STMUV, CHMI, RHMSS in SHSM
Source of finance: European  Union + public contribution
Key words: flood risk management, awareness raising, forecasting, sustainable flood and ice monitoring, basin wide cooperation, ICPDR DanubeHIS, data exchange services, EUSDR PA5, knowledge exchange and e-learning

Description

The project will deliver an outstanding overview about the present status of the national forecasting capabilities wherefrom the partners and the stakeholders could derive the common goals in order to develop the existing system in a comprehensive way. The mutual understandings will be recorded in a common vision of the partners.

The partners jointly work out the policy recommendations to be submitted to ICPDR in the interest of the establishment of the Danube Hydrological Information System (DanubeHIS) which is a fundamental step towards flexible and sustainable data exchange. The main focus is to enhance the access to the recorded hydrologic and ice data and to provide harmonized distribution for all the countries in the Danube
catchment. For this purpose at all partners interface software will be installed to provide standardized data services also as data source for EFAS.

Main goals

The first project specific objective to identify and promote the state of the art forecasting techniques and make aware the countries about the basic problems (like the lack of unified data exchange on watershed level) of flood and ice forecasts in order to help implement the Danube Flood Risk Management Plan in line with the Flood Risk Directive. The project will eliminate the shortcomings of the existing flood forecasting practices, and the relevant practitioners and policy makers will learn ongoing practices, needs beyond their border, therefore they will acquire a comprehensive overview about the complex forecasting systems.

The harmonization of each individual need for national flood forecasting is a challenge that can be solved out via professional networking and meetings, to facilitate a closer cooperation of the expert and at policy- maker level. Therefore the next specific objective is to strengthen inter-institutional collaboration towards better forecasting basin wide. The project will enhance the fundamental international cooperation by preparing a guideline of sustainable data exchange and harmonising the data exchange protocols at DR level as the most cost effective non-structural tangible solution in order to suffice present and future needs for more effective flood forecasting.

Project work packages:

  • WP1 Project Management
  • WP2 Communication activities
  • WP3 Evaluation of forecasting
  • WP4 Harmonized data exchange
  • WP5 Knowledge transfer