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Actions and means involved to carry out the project:

The ERICHA project takes over the modules of the platform developed within the previous EC Civil Protection Prevention funded project EDHIT, which has been running in real time in the servers of UPC-CRAHI (Coordinator of this proposal) to demonstrate the potential of the continental-scale hazard assessment products based on continental radar and lightning observations. The platform runs different hazard assessment algorithms on the European precipitation and lightning observations transferred by the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI).

The actions to be carried out can be grouped into 4 main groups: (1) improvement of the modules for convective rainfall and lightning hazard identification and the flash flood (Tasks A, B and C), (2) integrating the hazard assessment algorithms as part of the EFAS computational centre and the inclusion of a new operational layer in the EFAS platform (Tasks D), (3) demonstration activities in collaboration with civil protection agencies (Task E), and (4) publicity and management (Tasks F and G).

The means needed to carry out the project are fundamentally those of the Coordinator and the Associated Beneficiaries. Beyond these, subcontracting will be limited to minor external services supporting the improvement of the estimation of the probability of occurrence of flash floods (Action C.1), the organization of a Training School (Action E.3), and an International Workshop (Action F.3).

The project is supported by a number of non-funded stakeholders, which include data providers (OPERA and Vaisala), the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), the EC DG Joint Research Centre (JRC, and Dirección General de Protección Civil y Emergencias de España (DGPCE).

Expected results

The main result of the Project will be the improved precipitation-induced hazard assessment at European scale and the improved delivery of the products generated by the project, and their final integration in the operational Computational Centre of EFAS. The advancements will include:

  • Improved anticipation of the occurrence of convective phenomena and better assessment of their associated impacts.
  • Real-time radar and lightning-based classification and nowcasting of the severity of convective storms.
  • Characterisation of the uncertainty of the radar based precipitation products generated by the EUMETNET project OPERA.
  • Implementation of the hazard assessment modules as part of the EFAS operational computational centre.
  • Integration of a short-term precipitation forecasts layer based on the use of the European radar composites, with their associated flash-flood hazard assessment, in the EFAS operational computational centre.

The project will consolidate and enhance the products for hazard assessment developed in the EDHIT prevention project (2013-2015) based on the use of European radar precipitation and lightning composites, and will enhance their use through their implementation as a layer of the EFAS platform, complementing the current EFAS products with very short-range, high-resolution forecasts. The integration of the ERICHA modules in EFAS will also enable wider visibility and use of the products by a number of National HydroMeteorological Services and National Civil Protections, and especially by the ERCC (DG ECHO) which is already currently using EFAS.