In broad outline, the work consists of developing improved real time precipitation estimation and forecasting procedures and combining the output data from these methodology to improve their reliability for use in short lag time flash flood forecasting systems. The design will be optimised as a stand-alone solution for small to medium size catchment areas with very rapid flash flood phenomena but also foresees integration in higher order flood forecasting systems. The validation of the system will be carried out by end-user organisations involved in the project. In order to make the work-structure clear, project tasks are subdivided in twelve work-packages, which in turn are grouped, when it is appropriate, under distinct areas, related to generic and scientific goals. The structure of the project work-plan is detailed below:

AREA 1 AREA 2 AREA 3 WP 1 WP 2 WP 3 WP 4 WP 5 WP 6 WP 7 WP 8 WP 9 WP 10 WP 11 WP 12

Apart form the first work package that includes the scientific and financial management of the project, the work packages comprise:
  • data collection and access to scientific database available
  • extraction of information from radar data
  • development of assimilation techniques
  • improvement of presently available radar precipitation estimation techniques using multipolarisation data and NWP output
  • assessment of the quality of precipitation fields
  • assessment of uncertainty in flood estimate and forecast
  • documentation and dissemination of results