ENVISION end-user workshop on “Real-time monitoring of Floods in a Trans-boundary Context“

The first ENVISION end-user workshop was held in Bucharest, Romania during March 13-14, 2012. The workshop focused on the “Real-time monitoring of Floods in a Trans-boundary Context“ domain and had the following goals:

  • Introduce the pilot case on real-time monitoring of floods evolutions in a trans-boundary context (Danube river)
  • Present the ENVISION platform and technologies and their use in pilot cases
  • Collect feedback, comments, and remarks from experts and potential end-users
  • Identify possibilities for future collaborations

The workshop was attended by a total of 50 participants (the list of participants is available here). The workshop was organized around presentations from the ENVISION consortium and participating organizations, demos and discussions. The agenda and presentations are provided as follows.

Tuesday, March 13th

14:00 – 14:10 Welcome and Introduction to the Workshop by Dumitru Roman (SINTEF) and Mircea Grosu (CS)
14:10 – 14:55 ENVISION Overview by Dumitru Roman (SINTEF)
14:55 – 15:20 ENVISION for Landslide Hazard and Risk Assessment by Francois Tertre (BRGM)
15:20 – 16:30 ENVISION for Real-time Monitoring of Floods in Trans-boundary Context by Mihaela Ionescu, Marius Vilcu, and Cosmin Udroiu (CS Romania)
16:30 – 16:45 Coffee Break
16:45 – 18:00 Demos and Discussions
19:30 Official Dinner

Wednesday, March 14th

09:00 – 10:30 Presentations from Participants (15 min / presentation)
- Creating risk maps along the Danube river in a harmonized methodology – The Danube Project Floodrisk
by Mary-Jeanne ADLER (National Institute of Hydrology and Water Management – Romania and ICPDR – Austia)
- On-going works and projects at the Hungarian Hydrological Forecasting Service (VITUKI)
by András CSĺK (Vituki Environmental Protection and Water Management Research Institute, Hungary)
- SHMI and its position in flood protection in Slovakia
by Michal HAZLINGER (Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute, Slovakia)
- The European Flood Awareness System for the Danube– from research to operations by Jutta THIELEN-DEL POZO (Institute for Environment and Sustainability – Joint Research Centre, Italy)
- Satellite based service  for flood monitoring in Romania
by Gheorghe STANCALIE (Vasile CRACIUNESCU) (National Meteorological Administration, Romania)
- Presentation of the ISECAD solution by Suzanne BALTAY (Astrium, France)
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:45 Discussions: Applicability of ENVISION technologies for Participating Organizations
11:45 – 12:15 Discussions: Follow-up Activities for Collaboration between ENVISION and Participating Organizations
12:30 Summary and Lunch

Following the conclusions of the workshop, the ENVISION consortium will set-up an instance of the ENVISION platform which will be populated with data and services identified relevant during the workshop. A first version of this installation is expected around summer 2012, to which the participating organizations at the workshop will be given access and invited to test the platform with relevant data and services from their domain, in preparation for the workshop expected to take place in October 2012.

The ENVISION project received positive feedback after the workshop, with 20 workshop questionnaires received on spot immediately after the workshop. A summary of the feedback received through the questionnaires is available here.

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