The Hydrologic Research Center participated in the commissioning of the South Asia Flash Flood Guidance Services coordinated by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The event officially launched the South Asia Flash Flood Guidance System (South Asia FFGS) in the region. The system, developed and implemented by HRC, supports the National Meteorological and Hydrologic Services in the countries of Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka for the detection, forecast and warning of flash floods. HRC’s partners in the implementation included the World Meteorological Organization, the U.S. Agency for International Development/Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The system is installed at IMD in New Delhi. IMD acts as the Regional Center for the system providing the countries access to forecast products, data and training. The system is being applied in one of the world’s most populated regions, serving 1.6 billion people.
Dr. Konstantine Georgakakos, Director, represented HRC as an International Partner in the ceremony. His opening remarks can be read here.
Additional information for the event can also be found in an announcement from the IMD and a news release published by the World Meteorological Organization.