Original Paper

Natural Hazards

, Volume 56, Issue 2, pp 509-527

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IFKIS-Hydro: an early warning and information system for floods and debris flows

  • Hans RomangAffiliated withFederal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss Email author 
  • , Massimiliano ZappaAffiliated withSwiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL
  • , Nadine HilkerAffiliated withSwiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL
  • , Matthias GerberAffiliated withWSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF
  • , François DufourAffiliated withWSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF
  • , Valérie FredeAffiliated withAxpo AG
  • , Dominique BérodAffiliated withFederal Office for the Environment FOEN
  • , Matthias OplatkaAffiliated withDepartment for Wastes, Water, Energy and Air of Canton Zurich
  • , Christoph HeggAffiliated withSwiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL
    • , Jakob RhynerAffiliated withWSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF

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Abstract

IFKIS-Hydro is an information and warning system for hydrological hazards in small- and medium-scale catchments. The system collects data such as weather forecasts, precipitation measurements, water level gauges, discharge simulations and local observations of event-specific phenomena. In addition, IFKIS-Hydro incorporates a web-based information platform, which serves as a central hub for the submission and overview of data. Special emphasis is given to local information. This is accomplished particularly by human observers. In medium-scale catchments, discharge forecast models have an increasing importance in providing valuable information. IFKIS-Hydro was developed in several test regions in Switzerland and the first results of its application are available now. The system is constantly extended to additional regions and may become the standard for warning systems in smaller catchments in Switzerland.

Keywords

Flood warning Early warning Monitoring Information system Debris flows Risk management