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Improving predictions and management of hydrological extremes


Project timeline
October 2015
48 months
September 2019
General Information
IMPREX will improve forecast skill of meteorological and hydrological extremes in Europe and their impacts, by applying dynamic model ensembles, process studies, new data assimilation techniques and high resolution modeling. Novel climate change impact assessment concepts will focus at increasing the realism of relevant events by specific high resolution regional downscaling, explore compounding trans-sectoral and trans-regional risks, and design new risk management paradigms. These developments are demonstrated in impact surveys for strategic economic sectors in a set of case studies in which local stakeholders, public organizations and SMEs are involved. A pan-European assessment of risk management and adaptation strategies is applied, minimizing risk transfer from one sector or region to another. As a key outreach product, a periodic hydrological risk outlook for Europe is produced, incorporating the dynamic evolution of hydro-climatic and socio-economic processes. The project outreach maximizes the legacy impact of the surveys, aimed at European public stakeholder and business networks, including user-friendly assessment summaries, and training material. With its integrative approach, IMPREX will link current management decisions and actions with an emergent future. Hereon leads the work package “Sectoral integration and climate services”.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaH2020-SC5-WATER-2014
Project TypeResearch and Innovation Action (RIA)
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 641811
Co-ordinatorKNMI (NL)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Prof. Maria Manez, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Phone: +49 40 22633 8408
E-mail contact
Worldwide Europe

Adelphi Research GmbH (DE), ARCTIK SPRL (BE), Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion (ES), Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde (DE), Centro Internazionale in Monitoraggio Ambientale - Fondazione CIMA (IT), Cetaqua, Centro Tecnologico Del Agua, Fundación Privada (ES), European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast (UK), FutureWater SL (ES), Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungszentrum GFZ (DE), HKV LIJN IN WATER BV (NL), Institut National De Recherche En Sciences Et Technologies Pour L'Environnement (FR), Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (NL), Met Office (UK), Politecnico di Milano (IT), Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung e.V. (DE), Stichting Deltares (NL), Stichting VU-VUMC (NL), Stichting Water Footprint Network (NL), Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SE), Technical University of Crete (GR), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (ES), University of Reading (UK)
IMPREX website
Last Update: 16. April 2021