Hydrological Forecasting at EGU 2019 – What not to miss!

The EGU 2019 Annual General Assembly will take place from 7–12 April 2017 in Vienna. If you are planning to go and want to meet HEPEX people, here are some tips on the sessions that might interest you. If unfortunately you cannot be there this year, you can browse the programme of these sessions following the links below and learn more about the different work that’s going to be presented.

The Austria Centre, Vienna

The sessions of the sub-division on Hydrological Forecasting focus on the following topics:

  • Forecasting hydrological extremes: (flash) floods, droughts and water scarcity
  • Improving and quantifying forecasting methodologies and uncertainties
  • Operational and impact forecasting, preparedness and decision making

They start on Tuesday 9 April, but if you are already at EGU on Monday, you may want to check this Great Debate on Science & Policy:

GDB2Science in policymaking: Who is responsible?
Debate: Mon, 08 Apr, 10:45–12:30, Room E1

The social HEPEX evening will be again a joint event with the IMPREX project. It is scheduled for Thursday (11 April) at 19.30 at the Melker Stiftskeller (Schottengasse 3, 1010 Wien, Austria) restaurant. If you want to join it, please register here before Wednesday 3 April. The reservation is for 50 people, so “first-come first-served”!

Tuesday will be a busy day for hydrological forecasting!

Upon arrival, you can go directly to the poster Hall A, where the posters of the HEPEX session will be displayed. If you want to meet the authors, the attendance time will be running from 8:30 to 10:15. Two oral sessions will then  be held in Room 2.31 and more posters in Hall A, until 18:00 (see below).

We also have the Hydrological Sciences Business meeting and the Dalton Medal Lecture, both in Room B, at 12:45 and 19:00, respectively.

Finally, if you are interested in Science & Art, check the PICOs of session EOS12.1 at end of the afternoon.

HS4.2.1 – Ensemble hydro-meteorological forecasting
Orals: Tue, 09 Apr, 10:45–12:30, Room 2.31
Posters: Attendance Tue, 09 Apr, 08:30–10:15, Hall A

At lunch time, we have the Division meeting for Hydrological Sciences (HS), convened by Elena Toth (outgoing president) and Maria-Helena Ramos (incoming president). Come and learn more about how businesses are conducted in the HS division: Tue, 09 Apr, 12:45–13:45, Room B

HS4.2.2 – Reducing predictive uncertainty and data assimilation techniques for hydrological forecasting
Orals: Tue, 09 Apr, 14:00–15:30, Room 2.31
Posters: Attendance Tue, 09 Apr, 16:15–18:00

EOS12.1Scientists, artists and the Earth: co-operating for a better planet
PICOs: Tue, 09 Apr, 16:15–18:00, PICO spot 5b

John Dalton Medal Lecture by Günter Blöschl: “Flood generation – process patterns from the raindrop to the ocean” Abstract, Tue, 09 Apr, 19:00–20:00, Room B

On Wednesday, let’s talk about drought, water scarcity and science-policy interface!

The “drought” session starts early in the morning with oral presentations up to lunch time. Their poster attendance time will be in the afternoon.

On the same day, the HS Division is organizing for the first time a session on “science-policy interface in hydrology”, convened by two ex-HEPEX chairs, Maria-Helena Ramos and Jutta Thielen-del Pozo, together with Wouter Buytaert and Elena Toth. On the same topic, a workshop is organized for Early Career Scientists on Tuesday afternoon (see details here).

The HS Division Outstanding ECS Lecture will be awarded to Serena Ceola at 14:00, and at the end of the day, you can join the colleagues for the meeting of the Sub-Division on Hydrological Forecasting, on the 3rd floor of the conference centre.

HS4.1.1 – Drought and water scarcity: monitoring, modelling and forecasting to improve hydro-meteorological risk management
Orals: Wed, 10 Apr, 08:30–12:30, Room B
Posters: Attendance Wed, 10 Apr, 14:00–15:45, Hall A

HS Division Outstanding ECS Lecture by Serena Ceola: “Human-impacted rivers: new perspectives from global high-resolution monitoring” Abstract, Wed, 10 Apr, 14:00–14:30, Room B

HS1.2.1 – The Science-policy interface in hydrology – essentials for more impactful science
Orals: Wed, 10 Apr, 14:00–15:45, Room C
Posters: Attendance Wed, 10 Apr, 16:15–18:00, Hall A

The meeting of the Sub-Division on Hydrological Forecasting will be convened by Femke Davids, on Wed, 10 Apr, 16:15–18:00 / Room 3.30. It is open to everybody. Come and join it if you want to meet colleagues or get more involved in the organization of EGU sessions.

Thursday will be the day to test your ability to make some decisions…

Some parallel sessions will force you to make important decisions, but the day will be as rich as the others!

You can start the day with long range forecasts and climate predictions in the morning (orals, followed by posters).

Then you have the PICO session on operational forecasting and warning systems that will be running all afternoon at PICO spot 5b (make sure you find your way to get there on time!)

Thursday is also the big day for flash-floods: the orals will start at 16:15, while the attendance time for the posters will be from 14:00 to 15:45.

HS4.1.2 – From sub-seasonal forecasting to climate projections: predicting hydrologic extremes and servicing water managers
Orals: Thu, 11 Apr, 08:30–10:15, Room 2.15
Posters: Attendance Thu, 11 Apr, 10:45–12:30, Hall A

HS4.3.1 – Operational forecasting and warning systems for natural hazards: challenges and innovation
PICOs: Thu, 11 Apr, 14:00–18:00, PICO spot 5b

HS4.1.3 – Flash floods and associated hydro-geomorphic processes: observation, modelling and warning
Orals: Thu, 11 Apr, 16:15–18:00, Room 2.25
Posters: Attendance Thu, 11 Apr, 14:00–15:45, Hall A

Henry Darcy Medal Lecture by Petra Döll, “Understanding and communicating the global freshwater system”, Abstract, Thu, 11 Apr, 19:00–20:00, Room B

At 19:30: Social evening (joint event with the IMPREX project), at the Melker Stiftskeller (Schottengasse 3, 1010 Wien, Austria) restaurant (register here).


There are many more exciting sessions and short courses/workshops for early career scientists during the week – don’t forget to check out the Young Hydrologic Society’s post here for a run-down of all the ECS sessions and social events! View the rest of the programme here and enjoy the conference!

Also, remember to get the EGU app and include the sessions and meetings in your personal programme!


  1. And for those who like games as well as science, these 2 sessions (both on Wednesday) might be worth the detour!
    – Games for Geoscience: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2019/session/30998
    – Geoscience Games Night: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2019/session/30162

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