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Hydrometeorological and Grid audiences

The following partial list of past and ongoing HMR projects provides a synthesis of the potential DRIHMS audience within the hydrometeorological research community:
  • HyMeX (2008-current, HYdrological cycle in the Mediterranean Experiment) aims at a better quantification and understanding of the hydrological cycle and related processes in the Mediterranean, with emphases put on high-impact weather events;

  • MEDEX (2002-current, MEDiterranean EXperiment on "Cyclones that produce high impact weather in the Mediterranean", 2001-2005), is motivated by the frequent close relationship between high impact weather and cyclones, and aims at a programme of observation and analysis of Mediterranean cyclones that produce high impact weather;

  • PREVIEW (2004-2008) has developed information services for assets mapping, risk mapping, risk monitoring, risk forecasting and awareness and damage assessment for different types of hazards including flash floods based on deterministic hydrometeorological forecasting chains;

  • MAP-D-PHASE (2007) has been the Forecast Demonstration Project that is being performed in the aftermath of the Mesocale Alpine Programme (MAP);

  • CRUE – ERA Net (2004-2008) had intended to harmonise cross-countries research on floods;

  • OPERA "Civil Protection from Floods" is a pilot project financed by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) whose focus is to develop a prototype system able to alert the population exposed to flood risk exploiting satellite observations;

  • EUROMEDANET and EUROMEDANET-2 (2004-2006) aim at opening up the European Research Area to the Mediterranean countries by creating and developing a stable and effective Information Point (InP) system.


Among the hydrometeorology related projects which have already been "gridified", the following are of special importance:

  • SIMDAT (2004-2007) project demonstrated with a real use case the feasibility and opportunity to adopt Grid technologies for the hydrometeorological community;

  • GRIDA3 (2006-2009, Shared Resources Manager for Environmental Data Analysis and Applications project) is an interdisciplinary project recently funded by the Italian Research Ministry;

  • MEDIGRID (2004-2006, Mediterranean Grid of Multi-Risk Data and Models) aimed to create a distributed framework for multi-risk assessment of natural disasters;

  • SEE-GRID-SCI (2008-2010, SEE-GRID e-Infrastructure for regional eScience) is a project cofounded by the European Commission. The South-East European e-Infrastructure initiatives are committed to ensuring equal participation of the less-resourced countries of the region in European trends;

  • C3-Grid project (2003-2005, Collaborative Climate Community Data and Processing Grid) is a project in the German D-Grid initiative particularly devoted to introduce GRID technologies into earth system research;

  • EGI-DS (European Grid Initiative - Design Study) represents an effort to establish a sustainable grid infrastructure in Europe. Driven by the needs and requirements of the research community, it is expected to enable the next leap in research infrastructures, thereby supporting collaborative scientific discoveries in the European Research Area.