Projects

Predicting Flash Floods and Their Risk in a Dry Climate

Flash floods are among the most destructive natural disasters; however, limited research has been devoted to their study in dry climate regimes. This project’s objective was to study the hydrologic, meteorological and related geomorphologic aspects of flash floods in the dry climate region of Israel and to understand the capability of hydrometeorological modeling to reliably... Read More

Sensitivity Analysis Assessing the Impact of Gabion Dams and Vegetation on Flood Flows in the Ravine Millett in Haiti

As a follow-up to the  project “Evaluate the Effectiveness of Check Dams in the Millet and Brise Tout Ravines in Haiti Using Hydrologic/Hydraulic Modeling”, HRC used the methodologies and models developed and applied for the previous Ravine Millet study, conduct a sensitivity analysis to quantify the downstream flood impact of the size and location of gabion dams... Read More

Optimization of Water Resources Management in the Upper Santa Cruz River

This project involved the development of a one-stop portal Water Resources Climate Assessment Tool [WARCAT] that is designed to serve pertinent and timely information with respect to decision making for optimal water resources management and planning at the Santa Cruz Active Management Area (SCAMA).  To accomplish this, HRC developed a custom designed website offering a collection... Read More

Modernization of Pakistan Meteorological Department Hydrologic Forecast Capacity

HRC supported the World Meteorological Organization Fact-Finding and Needs-Assessment Expert Mission to Pakistan in November 2010 after the devastating floods of July and August 2010.  The purpose of the mission was to assess the current capability of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), specifically, to evaluate the technical details of Pakistan floods in July-August 2010; damage... Read More

Investigating the Use of NASA Products to Improve the Performance of Regional Operational Flash Flood Guidance Systems Worldwide

This project aims to improve operational flash flood warning and response by National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and Response Agencies worldwide.  The Earth observations from NASA satellites Aqua and Terra and the NOAA GOES satellite were used in a feasibility study to improve the estimation of the snow line in the Black Sea and Middle East... Read More

India Disaster Management Support Project

HRC supported the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Agency for International Development to modernize the Indian Meteorological Department with respect to improvement of early warning for floods, cyclones and extreme weather events in India. The project was comprised of five sub-projects: 1) Tropical cyclone forecast & warning, 2) Local severe storms (including... Read More

Incorporating Climate Information and Stakeholder Engagement in Groundwater Resources Planning and Management

The project addresses uncertainties with meeting water demands in semi-arid regions for groundwater dependent communities where aquifers are being replenished by intermittent streamflow events.  As projected and observed climatic changes for the Southwest U.S. increase these uncertainties, the project was designed to employ a novel modeling framework and extensive stakeholder interactions to achieve the following... Read More

Implementation of the WRF-ARW for the Seven Countries of Central America

As part of the upgrade of the Central America Flash Flood Guidance (CAFFG) system, the WRF-ARW mesoscale model was configured and implemented for a domain that includes the entire Central America region.  The application of the model to Central America was made by configuring a system of grids nested over the region.  The WRF implementation... Read More