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Meteo-Hydrological Forecast and Observations for improved water Resource management in the ALPS



Lead Partner

University of Trento – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lead Partner Country


Project Website


01/2004 - 03/2008

Date of Approval


Approx. Total Budget in €

2.797.300 €

ERDF in €

1.458.345 €

Project Summary

The project will improve and integrate instruments to support the management of environmental resources in alpine areas, in particular water. This goal will be achieved by adopting innovative techniques for monitoring and reconstructing the time evolution of meteo-hydrological processes. The competence areas of the partners cover uniformly the central-eastern Alps, where the territories of various countries and regions intertwine, thus requiring a transnational and interregional approach to issues faced by the project. Climatic databases of variables relevant for water resources availability will be collected and analyzed. Pilot activities at selected target areas will be performed, such as use of micro-radars and numerical modeling of meteorological and rainfall-runoff processes. The above actions will be preliminary to operational activities. Evaluation of social and financial impact of improved meteo-hydrological information will stimulate the adoption of best practices of sustainable planning.

Project Objectives

1. Investigate frequency, seasonality, areal extent and spatial pattern of precipitation events in the Alpine Space region 2. Monitoring and optimal observation coverage 3. Meteorological forecast to improve the integrated modeling of the water cycle 4. Optimization of forecasts for verification procedures 5. Identification of an optimal combination of input parameters for hydrological models 6. Estimation of water supplies in alpine catchments 7. Assessment of the financial and economic impacts of water resource management

Project Achievements

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EU Project Partners

Autonomous Province of Bolzano - Hydrographic Office (Italy)
Autonomous Province of Trento – Office for Forecasts and Organization (Italy)
Central Office for Meteorology and Geodynamics, Regional Office for Carinthia (Austria)
Central Office for Meteorology and Geodynamics, Regional Office for Salzburg and Oberösterreich (Austria)
Central Office for Meteorology and Geodynamics, Regional Office for Tirol and Vorarlberg (Austria)
Central Office for Meteorology and Geodynamics, Regional Office for Vienna, Niederösterreich and Burgenland (Austria)
Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia (Slovenia)
Italian Agency for Environmental Protection and Technical Services (Italy)
Regional Agency for Environmental Protection and Prevention of Veneto (Italy)
Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Regional Meteorological Observatory (Italy)
Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of Lombardia (Italy)
Valle d'Aosta Autonomous Region - Meteorological Office (Italy)

Non-EU Project Partners

Contact Person

Zardi, Dino

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