The main objective of IMDROFLOOD is to enhance flood and drought risk management at the catchment level through the development of novel flood and drought information tools.
The specific objectives of the project are:
i) To obtain drought indices for different sectors useful for drought monitoring and early warning, using new monitoring networks, Doppler radars, and remote sensing data.
ii) To develop drought vulnerability curves for natural and managed ecosystems.
iii) To determine the role of vegetation type and density on modulating the severity of hydrological droughts and floods downstream.
iv) To improve short and medium term meteorological probabilistic forecast of high precipitation events.
v) To integrate meteorological predictions with hydro-ecological rainfall-runoff and hydrodynamic models for better flood prediction and the analysis of the destructive capacity of floods.
vi) To implement operative drought and flood early warning systems to establish risk thresholds and to help improve risk management.
The project includes a series of non-scientific objectives including outreach activities and the capitalization of the outcomes of previous research projects:
i) To organize capacity building activities and to ensure dynamic interaction with stakeholders and end-users for building impact prediction tools for decision making.
ii) To specify interoperability standards to be used.
iii) To use information and methods from previous EC projects.
iv) To provide a channel for discussion and communication to meet local and regional requirements.
v) To ensure dissemination of the project’s outcomes from the scientific and technical levels to the end-user level and the general public.
vi) To raise awareness of tools developed in the project to the potential end-users.