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The European project HYDRATE on flash floods (2006-2008)

Gaume Eric

HYDRATE is a specific targeted research project supported by the European ciommunity within the 6th framework program for the period (2006-2009). Its main objective is to improve the scientific basis of flash flood forecasting by extending the understanding of past flash flood events, advancing and harmonising a European-wide innovative flash flood observation strategy and developing a coherent set of technologies and tools for effective early warning systems.
To this end, the project includes actions on the organization of the existing flash flood data patrimony across Europe. The observation strategy proposed in HYDRATE has the objective to collect flash flood data by combining hydrometeorological monitoring and the acquisition of complementary information from post-event surveys. This will involve a network of existing Hydrometeorological Observatories; all placed in high flash flood potential regions. HYDRATE will develop a freely-accessible European Flash Flood Database to make available the collected hydrometeorological data to the international research community.
The Partners include nine universities and seven government research centres from eight Member States, one Associated Candidate State and three third-countries. Three French research centers, members of the French Cevennes-Vivarais Hydrmeteorological observatory, are taking part to this project: LTHE, ENPC-CEREVE and Cemagref. This project has just begun. The main tasks of this projects as well as preliminary results will be presented.