EGU General Assembly 2021
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A web based demonstration platform for flood warning in small catchments using ensemble hydrological forecasting

Jens Grundmann1, Achim Six2, and Andy Philipp2
Jens Grundmann et al.
  • 1TU Dresden, Institute of Hydrology and Meteorology, Dresden, Germany (
  • 2Saxon Flood Forecasting Centre, Saxon State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology, Dresden, Germany

Reliable warnings and forecasts of extreme precipitation and resulting floods are an important prerequisite for disaster response. Especially for small catchments, warning and forecasting systems are challenging due to the short response time of the catchments and the uncertainties of the meteorological forecasts. Thus, ensemble forecasts of precipitation are an option to portray these inherent uncertainties. By this contribution, we present our operational web-based demonstration platform for ensemble hydrological forecasting in small catchments of Saxony, Germany. We use the ICON/COSMO-D2-EPS product of the German Weather Service, which provides an ensemble of 20 members each three hours, for lead times up to 27 hours. Each member is evaluated regarding specific extreme precipitation thresholds for predefined hydrological warning regions. If these thresholds are exceeded in a specific region, rainfall-runoff models for the associated catchments are started to propagate the meteorological uncertainty into the resulting runoff, followed by statistical post processing and visualization. Different options for the visualization of the uncertainty information were discussed and evaluated by a series of (virtual) workshops with locally responsible civil protection forces and water authorities. This leads to the current design of the web-based demonstration platform in an iterative process, which is still ongoing. The web-based demonstration platform is established for three pilot regions with different hydrological settings in Saxony, Germany. Besides layout and technical issues, first experiences with the demonstration platform are presented as well as first results regarding forecast performance in the small pilot regions.

How to cite: Grundmann, J., Six, A., and Philipp, A.: A web based demonstration platform for flood warning in small catchments using ensemble hydrological forecasting, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-15111,, 2021.

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