Research Projects



The ultimate purpose of ANYWHERE is to empower exposed responder institutions and citizens to enhance their anticipation and pro-active capacity of response to face extreme and high-impact weather and climate events. This will be achieved through the operational implementation of cutting-edge innovative technology as the best way to enhance citizen's protection and saving lives.

ANYWHERE proposes to implement a Pan-European multi-hazard platform providing a better identification of the expected weather-induced impacts and their location in time and space before they occur. This platform will support a faster analysis and anticipation of risks prior the event occurrence, an improved coordination of emergency reactions in the field and help to raise the self-preparedness of the population at risk.

This significant step-ahead in the improvement of the pro-active capacity to provide adequate emergency responses is achievable capitalizing on the advanced forecasting methodologies and impact models made available by previous RTD projects, maximizing the uptake of their innovative potential not fully exploited up to now. The consortium is build upon a strong group of Coordinators of previous key EC projects in the related fields, together with 12 operational authorities and first responders institutions and 6 leading enterprises of the sector.

The platform will be adapted to provide early warning products and locally customizable decision support services proactively targeted to the needs and requirements of the regional and local authorities, as well as public and private operators of critical infrastructures and networks. It will be implemented and demonstrated in 4 selected pilot sites to validate the prototype that will be transferred to the real operation. The market uptake will be ensured by the cooperation with a SME and Industry Collaborative Network, covering a wide range of sectors and stakeholders in Europe, and ultimately worldwide.

HYDS contributes developing a Multi-Hazard Early Warning System that integrates both the forecast and impact models, and the existing Pan-European platforms, into a common operational system.



The main goal of PEARL is to develop adaptive, sociotechnical risk management measures and strategies for coastal communities against extreme hydro-meteorological events minimising social, economic and environmental impacts and increasing the resilience of Coastal Regions in Europe.

To achieve its main goal, PEARL adopts a holistic risk management approach, based on the following three premises:

  • Risk management is a socio-technical process, which cannot be studied by separating social and technical processes and designing them in isolation;
  • The relationships between the parts are mutual, emergent, dynamic and nonlinear and are guided by the self-organising capacities of each part and the (unpredictable) dynamics of their coevolution;
  • The process of strengthening any kind of flood risk mitigation measure (such as forecasting, prediction and early warning capabilities) should be understood and studied within the context of the larger flood management process which depends on interactions with other sub-processes at different levels.

Hyds contribution in PEARL is focused in two aspects:

  • Works on advanced uncertainty methods and tools for early warning. In this aspect hyds works both on development of a probabilistic radar-EWS for flood forecasting as well as linking high-resolution precipitation forecasts with hydraulic models run in real time.
  • New methodologies, concepts and tools for effective dissemination of early warnings. In this aspect, works in enhancing the dissemination of flood warnings both from a formal (critical authorities in event management) and informal (general dissemination: apps, etc.) points of view.
  • Hyds also supports the works done in the Marbella PEARL test site.



Improving the efficiency of water management in Europe was recognised by the EC as essential for overcoming the growing exposure of European countries to Water Scarcity and Droughts. UrbanWater proposes a platform that will enable a better end-to-end water management in urban areas, accounting for 17% of freshwater consumption in the EU.

The project will undertake the development, demonstration, and economic up-scaling of an innovative ICT-based platform for the efficient integrated management of water resources. The system will benefit end-users, utilities, public authorities, the environment and the general public.

HYDS contributes leading the development of the Decision supporting tools and specific modules as the water availability prediction system in order to produce the rainfall forecasts over the water distribution network basins.



WatERP develops a web-based “Open Management Platform” (OMP) supported by real-time knowledge on water supply and demand, enabling the entire water distribution system to be viewed in an integrated and customized way. The OMP will provide to the user inferred information regarding water supplies, flows, water consumption patterns, water losses, distribution efficiency, and water supply and demand forecasts, within a web-based unified framework. This information will be stored in a Water Data Warehouse making use of semantics and common language and open standards (such as WaterML 2.0) which will be defined in the ontology developed to ensure interoperability and maximize usability. In addition, external linkages to costs, energy factors, control systems, data acquisition systems, external models, forecasting systems and new data sources will be made possible for easy integration into the system.

HYDS contributes leading the implementation of the system in two selected pilots, providing tools to enhance the water availability predictions through the improvement and integration of existing hydrometeorological sensors networks and developing specific visualization tools.



The goal of the project is to develop a MEteorological Decision sUpport System for Aviation (MEDUSA) to provide adequate information about adverse weather situations to all decision makers in the airport environment such as airports, air navigation safety providers, airlines, and weather services. MEDUSA is a highly interdisciplinary and intersectorial project dedicated to the scientific and technological development of an end-user oriented application in the field of aviation meteorology including a marketing and commercialization strategy.

MEDUSA, combining scientific complexity with high requirements on technical robustness, will provide an integrated weather information solution to aviation. Adverse summer weather like thunderstorms and heavy precipitation), and adverse winter weather situations like heavy snow-fall, icing and freezing conditions at the airport will be considered.

HYDS participates as coordinator of the project and is in charge of developing the whole system web based platform including existing algorithms and forecasting modules, data storage, processing engines and visualization tools.



Collaborative research on flood resilience in urban areas (CORFU) is an interdisciplinary international project that looks at advanced and novel strategies and provide adequate measures for improved flood management in cities.

The differences in urban flooding problems in Asia and in Europe range from levels of economic development, infrastructure age, social systems and decision making processes, to prevailing drainage methods, seasonality of rainfall patterns and climate change trends. CORFU project uses these differences to create synergies that will bring new quality to flood management strategies globally.

The overall aim of CORFU is to enable European and Asian partners to learn from each other through joint investigation, development, implementation and dissemination of short to medium term strategies that will enable more scientifically sound management of the consequences of urban flooding in the future. Flood impacts in urban areas – potential deaths, damage to infrastructure and health problems in the first place and consequent effects on individuals and on communities – and possible responses will be assessed by envisaging different scenarios of relevant drivers: urban development, socio-economic trends and climate changes. The cost-effectiveness of resilience measures and integrative and adaptable flood management plans for these scenarios will be quantified.

HYDS contributes developing an Early Warning System for Urban Floods based on radar Nowcasting and tailored to work in real time. Additionally collaborates in defining improved flood management strategies in relation with the information provided by real time tools.


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Hyds participates as work package leader in the European FP7 project IMPRINTS (IMproving Preparedness and RIsk maNagemenT for flash floods and debriS flow events).

The aim of IMPRINTS is to contribute to the reduction of loss of life and economic damage through the improvement of the preparedness and the operational risk management of flash flood and debris flow (from now on FF & DF) generating events, as well as contributing to sustainable development through reducing damages to the environment. To achieve this ultimate objective, the project is oriented to produce methods and tools to be used by practitioners of the emergency agencies and utility companies responsible for the management of FF & DF risks and associated effects. Impacts of future changes, including climatic, land use and socioeconomic changes will be also analysed, in order to provide guidelines for mitigation and adaptation measures.



HYDS is subcontractor in the EU LIFE project WATER CHANGE (Medium and long term water resources modelling as a tool for planning and global change adaptation. Application to the Llobregat Basin). WATER CHANGE is a three year partnership project which is supported financially by the EU LIFE+- Environmental Policy & Governance programme. WATER CHANGE started in January 2009.

WATER CHANGE aims to tackle global change, including climate change caused by greenhouse gases emissions, changes in land use and water demand, focusing on the impacts that these changes may have on water resources, regarding to both water quantity and quality. The final objective is to propose adaptation measures to face the impacts derived from these future changes.