Collaboration across weather/climate and hydrologic prediction disciplines
Predicting weather and climate and their impacts on the environment, including floods and landslides, is still one of the main challenges of the 21st century with significant implications for society and the economy. At the heart of this challenge is the issue of accessing hydrometeorological data and models easily in order to facilitate the collaboration between meteorologists, hydrologists and earth science experts.
HR Wallingford is part of the consortium working on DRIHM and is providing particular expertise on modelling infrastructures, standards and formulating model compositions to study flash flooding. Having strong involvement in the entire project, HR Wallingford is leading the large 'Application Services' work package, with responsibility for delivering model and data services to end users to allow researchers to study flash flooding events. Also with a strong involvement in the experimentation work package, HR Wallingford’s FluidEarth 2 implementation of OpenMI version 2.0 is being used to couple hydraulic and impact models which are being applied to the Genoa flood event of November 2011.
The project aims to approach hydrometeorological research in a new way, at European and possibly global scale. DRIHM combines European expertise in hydrometeorological research and high-performance computing, and joint research activities will improve the efficient use of the European electronic infrastructures, hydrometeorological research modelling and observational databases, model evaluation toolkits and access to HMR model results. To do this, scientists will collaborate across weather/climate and hydrologic prediction disciplines, to develop state-of-the-art modelling and forecasting.
The key objectives are:
The DRIHM project will enhance the modelling and data processing capabilities of the hydrometeorological research community. A rigorous pan-European framework will work towards improving the prediction of extremes, and long-term sustainability. Integrated resources will allow both specialists and non-specialists to easily access the e-Science environments, creating a diverse virtual community of different user groups, such as hydrometeorologists, researchers, public organisations, and 'citizen scientists', interested in hydrometeorological research and related Earth science disciplines.
The project aims to approach hydrometeorological research in a new way.