Information - NH1.02 Radar and Satellite for monitoring and forecasting floods and droughts.
Recent developments in radar and satellite remote sensing technologies open new possibilities for obtaining detailed spatially distributed information about precipitation, snow cover and soil humidity. Ongoing international activities -- like the SAF on Support to Operational Hydrology and Water Management (H-SAF) recently approved by the EUMETSAT's Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STG), as well as the project Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) in the USA -- aim at the establishment of products driven by the needs of the user community useful for monitoring meteo-hydrological hazards and suited to be assimilated by hydrological and meteorological forecasting models using advanced data assimilation techniques. In the meanwhile, the research efforts as well as the experience acquired by some national agencies provide a fundamental contribution to the mitigation of present hazards, laying the foundation for the spreading out of the most promising approaches. The session will focus on the relevance of ground and space-based observations for hydrological and water management applications. Contributions concerning the advancement of related national/international research projects and networks as well as papers about research/application of techniques to map precipitation, snow cover, soil moisture and prestorm thermodynamic variables are particularly welcome.
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