hyds presents Argos System at the IFMS Global Meeting

hyds has been invited to present at the IFMS (International Forum of Meteorological Societies, https://ifms.org/) 2021 Global meeting the experience implementing MH-EWS (Multi Hazard Early Warning Systems). In particular the experience of implementing the outputs of the H2020 Anywhere project (MH-EWS and A4EU systems, seed of the Argos System) at different levels.

The Title and abstract of the presentation was the following:

ANYWHERE H2020 innovation action (www.anywhere-h2020.eu) created an operational Multi Hazard Early Warning System (MH-EWS) focused on translating the meteorological forecasts into Impact forecasting products, and a set of tools (A4EU platform) tailored for different stakeholders to foster pro-active management of hydrometeorological emergencies.

Those ANYWHERE solutions have been implemented as operational services for Civil Protection Authorities and Emergency Management Centres at different levels: municipal, regional and national level.

The presentation will introduce the case study of Spain, showing the multilevel implementation:

  • Municipal: Implementation in 34 municipalities of Alicante region (~600k inhabitants in total) for flood early warning and emergency management. Where Early Warning based on a multi-source of impact products has been linked with municipal auto-protection plans to help municipal civil protection authorities to trigger impact mitigation actions and improve emergency management.
  • Regional: Implementation in Catalunya area (~8M inhabitants) for multi-risk management: flash- floods and riverine floods, snow, forest fires, heat and cold waves, wind, air pollution, etc. The implementation is focused on providing early warning on different elements (both administrative units and critical elements) to help focus the civil protection authorities in the most potential affected areas to disseminate local warnings and distribute assets accordingly.
  • National: The ANYWHERE solution is the backbone of the Spanish national alert network (RAN: Red de Alerta Nacional). This implementation connects and collects data and warnings in real time from the different national agencies (National Weather Agency, National Geological Institute, National Water Directorate, National Transit Authority, National Ports Authority, etc.) in order to provide a single access point to all national warnings and associated information for civil protection authorities.

Explanation of the systems as well as a real-time demonstration is done