The Foundation, named Centro Internazionale In Monitoraggio Ambientale (International Centre On Environmental Monitoring), is a no-profit organization under the Italian Legal Regulations. The Founding Institutions were the Civil Protection Department of the Italian Prime Minister's Cabinet Office, the University of Genova, the Government of the Region of Liguria, and the Administrationof the Province of Savona. A framework agreement between CIMA and University of Genoa (UNIGE) is active for regulating joint activities in research programs . For this reason University of Genoa personnel is part of the team involved in the project work. CIMA is also International Affiliate Member of CUAHSI. HMR at CIMA deals with the study of uncertainty propagation in hydro-meteorological forecasting chains, the study of rainfall processes with the development of rainfall downscaling and hydrological models. CIMA has participated a several national and international HMR projects, and it is leading the FP7 Project DRIHMS SSA.
The LMU Munich is one of the leading research universities in Europe, with a more than 500-year- long tradition. The research group of Prof. Dr. Kranzlmuller at the LMU Institute of Computer Science is part of the Munich Network Management Team (MNM Team), a group of researchers at LMU, the Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) and the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ). The MNM Team is one of the first groups worldwide to have addressed the research area of IT management in large-scale networked systems and grids The MNM-Team developed new management concepts, adequate tools and middleware services to support grid infrastructure operation and resource management. The work is based on both thorough scientific research and practical experiences and knowledge gained from intensive co-operations with providers of large heterogeneous networks and with software developers in the field of integrated management. For this proposal, LMU is teaming up and relying heavily on its existing collaboration with LRZ. The LRZ as an e-Infrastructure centre has been an active player in the area of HPC and grid computing for over 20 years and provides computing power on several different levels. At present, LRZ operates an SGI Altix 4700 (with nearly ten thousand cores and a peak-performance above 60 TeraFlop/s) as well as a number of general purpose and specialized clusters, often integrated in grid infrastructures. LRZ is member of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), and active participant in many EU funded projects such as PRACE, DEISA, and EGI-InSPIRE and IGE.
DLR is involved in research and development activities in co-operation with national and international partners. In addition to its own research efforts as a space agency, DLR is responsible for carrying out the German Aerospace Program on behalf on the federal government. DLR - Institute for Atmospheric Physics (IPA) specialises in atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric trace species, remote sensing, and cloud physics. DLR-IPA and namely the division Cloud Physics and Traffic Meteorology has expertise in advanced radar-meteorology, hydro-meteorological and severe storm research as well as extensive experience in satellite remote sensing of clouds. The group has many years expertise both in performing field experiments with research aircraft, radar, lidar, and satellite instruments and in participating international research projects, such as the EU projects TROCCINOX (Tropical Convection, Cirrus and Nitrogen Oxides Experiments), EULINOX (European Lightning Nitrogen Oxides Project) and AMMA (African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses), or recently the international project COPS (Convective and Orographically-induced Precipitation Study) and FLYSAFE. The group has extensive experience in operating and adapting numerical models like MM5 (Fifth-Generation NCAR / Penn State Mesoscale Model) and COSMO. The group operates since 1986 the C-band polarization diversity Doppler radar POLDIRAD, which was the first radar in Europe being able to transmit and receive any polarization basis.
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) is the major public research body in Italy, a multidisciplinary institution that actively participated to the different FP programmes of EU. The Istituto di Matematica Applicata e Tecnologie Informatiche (CNR-IMATI) is a leading institute in the fields of applied mathematics and Computer science. IMATI-CNR has the headquarter in Pavia and branches in Genova and Milano. The institute has a long tradition of coordination of national and international research projects (including coordination of a NoE in the 6th FP, and of two Ideas projects in the 7th FP). IMATI-CNR is fully involved in the Grid activities carried out by CNR at the national and international level, including participation to IGI (Italian Grid Infrastructure) and EGI (European Grid Initiative).
The Technical University of Madrid (UPM) is one of the leading universities in Spain in teaching and research activities that covers all fields of engineering and architecture and is carrying out the largest number of EU funded project in Spain and one of the largest in the EU. The multidisciplinary Research Group on Hydroinformatics and Water Management includes members of the Departments of Civil Engineering: Hydraulic and Energy Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Agricultural Economics. Group members have been carrying out research in different fields of water management. Especially relevant for the DRIHM proposal is the development of the model RIBS. The model is specifically conceived for real-time operation in flood forecasting with real-time data from meteorological networks. In the computer implementation area, a general decision model for flood management (SAIDA) has been developed. SAIDA is a model for decision support during floods in connection to real-time information. A great knowledge base has been compiled about the problems regarding acquisition and storage of hydrologic data and the solutions that are typically adopted in each situation.
The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) participates in the project DRIHM through two of its Joint Research Units (JRU). A CNRS unit may be solely established and managed by CNRS or together with one or more other legal entities. CNRS and the other partners pool financial, material and/or human resources on a specific field. Such a unit is hosted in the premises of one of the parent legal entities. Staff are assigned to it by the parent entities.
The Laboratoire d’aérologie (LA — UMR 5560), Toulouse, France, is managed by CNRS together with the Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier (UPS). LA is oriented towards observational and numerical studies of the dynamic, physical, and chemical processes occurring in the atmosphere and in the ocean-atmosphere interactions. Priority is given to the mesoscale processes: since 1995, in close cooperation with Météo-France, the LA mesoscale modelling group has developed the Méso-NH non-hydrostatic simulation system. LA has been largely involved in many international fields campaign aimed at observing and modelling the mesoscale physical processes. The work of LA within the DRIHM is managed and performed by CNRS staff: UPS has no explicit budget or costs associated with the project.
The Groupe d'étude de l'atmosphère météorologique (GAME — URA1357), Toulouse, France is managed by CNRS together with Météo-France Centre National de la Recherche Météorologique (MF-CNRM). Météo-France is the French National Weather Service and as such responsible for the acquisition, treatment and archiving of meteorological observations GAME, has developed, in close cooperation with ECMWF, the large scale global ARPEGE model. Moreover, it has a high-level expertise in mesoscale numerical weather prediction with dedicated mesoscale model such as the ALADIN-France model and the convection- permitting AROME model. GAME has contributed to many HMR projects, such as HYDROPTIMET, AMPHORE, and PREVIEW. Staff of MF-CNRM are involved in the project (and Météo-France participates in the project as a third party).
Republic Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia is the national meteorological and hydrological service and the official representative of Serbia with the WMO. As the independent governmental organization, RHMSS is responsible for research and operational activities in the fields of meteorology, climatology and hydrology in the country, with regard to: development and implementation of modern methods of observation, analysis and forecast of the processes in the atmosphere and hydrosphere; investigation of spatial and temporal characteristics of climate and water resources; development and implementation of the regional climate models for climate change simulations and projections; studying and forecasting the atmospheric transport and deposition of the air pollutants; coordination of the development and implementation of national multidisciplinary studies on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation; provision of special hydrological and meteorological services over the country for governmental institutions, public sector and industry, including the development and maintaining early warning system to support safety of life and property in case of natural disasters and industrial accidents. The present structure of RHMSS allows close integration of research and operational activities, by virtue of which new programs and technical means were partially implemented during last years, for observations, research, modelling and forecasting of weather, climate, and hydrological events. Within the Belgrade Climate Change Initiative adopted by the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) Sixth Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe” held in Belgrade, in 2007, the sub regional South East European Virtual Climate Change Centre (SEEVCCC), hosted by the Republic Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia was established. The basic mission of the Centre is the support to the SEE countries in meeting the needs for information on sub regional climate change projections, impact, and vulnerability and adaptation options, through its operational, research, coordination, and educational functions.
DELTARES is an independent Dutch institute for applied research and consultancy. It was established in 2008 by merging existing institutes (specifically GeoDelft, WL | Delft Hydraulics, TNO Built Environment and Geosciences - Subsurface and Groundwater and parts of the Department of Transport Public Works and Water Management). The institute employs more than 800 people. The DELTARES’ strategic principle is ‘Enabling Delta Life’, focusing on knowledge and technology development to provide innovative solutions to make living and working in deltas, coastal areas and river basins safe, clean and sustainable. DELTARES has a unique combination of knowledge and experience in the field of water, soil and the sub-surface. It is frontrunner in the development, distribution and application of knowledge for meeting the challenges in the physical planning, design and management of vulnerable deltas, coastal areas and river basins. The institute is located in two cities in the Netherlands: Delft and Utrecht. DELTARES open operational forecasting and early warning system (FEWS) is used worldwide by numerous agencies and flood forecasting centres from UK to Taiwan and from Pakistan to USA.
HRW provides world leading analysis, advice, and support in engineering and environmental hydraulics, and in the management of water and the water environment. Created as the Hydraulics Research Station of the UK Government in 1947, we became a private entity in 1982, and have since operated as an independent, non profit-distributing organisation committed to building knowledge and solving problems, expertly and appropriately. Today, HRW has a 60-year track record of achievement in applied research and specialist consultancy. We have a unique mix of know-how, assets, and facilities including state of the art physical modelling laboratories, a full range of computational modelling tools and, above all expert staff with world-renowned skills and experience. HRW has a pedigree of excellence and a tradition of innovation, which we sustain by re-investing profits from our operations into programmes of strategic research and development, designed to keep us, and our clients and partners, at the leading edge. With headquarters in the UK, HRW reaches clients and partners globally through a network of offices, agents, and alliances around the world.
CUAHSI (Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science) is an organization representing 112 United States member universities, 7 affiliate member universities, and 16 international affiliate members. CUAHSI receives support from the National Science Foundation to develop infrastructure and services for the advancement of hydrologic science and education in the U.S. CUAHSI and CIMA signed an International Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a joint collaboration for HMR with special focus on data sharing, publication of model results, and integration/assimilation of in situ data, remotely sensed data, and models for both basic research and applications to water resources management and hazards prediction. The following CUAHSI's Programs and Services are relevant for the DRIHM project: Hydrologic Information System (HIS) and Community Hydrologic Modelling Platform (CHyMP). The mission of CUAHSI-HIS is to enhance hydrologic science by facilitating user access to more and better data for testing hypotheses and analyzing hydrologic processes. The goals of the CUAHSI-HIS are to unite the nation's water information, to make it universally accessible and useful, and to provide access to the data sources, tools and models that enable the synthesis, visualization and evaluation of the behaviour of hydrologic systems. The project has three parts: a national e-Science system for sharing hydrologic data, research into hydrologic information science, and support for the hydrologic information community. As an initiative for its next 5-year phase, CUAHSI is proposing to launch a major effort towards the development of a Community Hydrologic Modelling Platform (CHyMP).