EL BLOG DE GAMA

GAMA (Grupo de Análisis de situaciones Meteorológicas Adversas) es un grupo de investigación interdisciplinario del Departament d’Astronomia i meteorología de la Universitat de Barcelona. Sus principales lineas de investigación son: el estudio de fenómenos meteorológicos adversos y riesgos naturales (episodios de precipitaciones extremas, inundaciones, riadas, tormentas, sequías, incendios forestales,…); Cambio climático (análisis de series meteorológicas, tendencias y anomalías, impacto del cambio climático en los riesgos naturales); Previsión hidrometeorológica (nowcasting, estacional); Análisis del impacto social, percepción y comunicación social de los riesgos naturales.

Con el fin de poder difundir información relacionada con las líneas de estudio, nos hemos propuesto empezar un blog con el título de Riesgos Naturales, un espacio de divulgación meteorológica, así como de comunicación y sensibilización frente a los riesgos naturales y el cambio climático.

PhD position: IMPREX: IMproving PRedictions and management of hydrological EXtremes

Post Doc position in the EU H2020 funded project “IMPREX: IMproving PRedictions and management of hydrological EXtremes”, which shall be focussed on probabilistic multi-parameter flood damage modelling for residential buildings and companies using Bayesian Networks. Deadline for the submission of application is 31st of August, see job announcement attached. Please forward the job offer to anybody who might be interested.

INFO- IMPREX

Encíclica y cambio climático

Esta mañana ha salido a la luz pública la carta encíclica del Papa “Laudatio SI, sobre el cuidado de la casa común”. Como científicos y científicas que dedicamos nuestra investigación al estudio del cambio climático y los riesgos naturales, y sintiéndonos comprometidos y comprometidas con el desarrollo sostenible, el presente y el futuro de la Tierra y la sociedad, no podemos dejar de hacernos eco de ello. Dirigida “a cada persona que habita este planeta”, denuncia “el daño que le provocamos a causa del uso irresponsable y del abuso de los bienes que Dios ha puesto en ella. Hemos crecido pensando que éramos sus propietarios y dominadores, autorizados a expoliarla”. Partiendo de una reflexión iniciada hace ya tiempo, y basándose en corroboraciones científicas, va desgranando aspectos tal vez ya conocidos por nosotros, como la Contaminación y el Cambio Climático, la Cuestión del Agua o la Pérdida de Biodiversidad, pero aportando una reflexión que trasciende nuestro entorno académico y engloba la humanidad y el ecosistema Tierra en su totalidad. A aquellas personas que hayan leído el último informe del IPCC (2013, 2014), sobre todo el del grupo de trabajo sobre impactos y adaptación, el mensaje no les resultará extraño: el propio IPCC se hace eco de la creciente presión de la actividad humana sobre la Tierra y las desigualdades sociales. La Encíclica no es sólo una llamada dirigida a los católicos, sino dirigida a todas las personas, creyentes y no creyentes, por un mundo mejor.

La podéis encontrar en

http://w2.vatican.va/content/dam/francesco/pdf/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si_sp.pdf

Dra. María del Carmen Llasat

PhD position at ENIT (Tarbes) and IMFT (Toulouse): Impact model for the evaluation of the flooding risk.

Context and objectives:

The term “flash flood” refers to sudden floods having high peak discharges in a short response time. They result from a combination of meteorological and hydrological factors. Intense storm events delivering high amounts of rain water appear to be the first condition for flash flooding to be initiated. Watershed characteristics such as small catchments (under 500 km2 ) or steep slopes are associated with short and rapid flood timing. Flash floods are one of the most destructive hazards in the Mediterranean region and have caused casualties and billions of euros of damages in France over the last two decades. The recent case of June 2013 occurred in the Pyrenees killed 2 people and resulted in thousands of victims. The damages were estimated at about 134 million euros. The contrasted topography, the complexity of the continental surfaces in terms of geology and land use, the difficulty to characterize the initial moisture state of the catchments make these extreme events very difficult to assess and predict. The proposed PhD will aim at improving the understanding of the hydrological response by contemporary use of empirical and analytical (or rainfall-runoff) modelling. The ambition is to develop an operational methodology for the anticipation of the risk of inundation. The work will include an inter-comparison of models dedicated to flash flood prediction and allowing the characterization of the resulting risk. The proposed work will therefore contribute to the building of a relevant methodology of risk evaluation for a better protection of the population. The long-standing collaboration between the IMFT and the SCHAPI2 will facilitate the transfer of knowledge to the appropriate operational services. Leer más de esta entrada

Social Perceptions of Water and Climate workshop

Al Roca Barcelona Gallery es farà el proper 19 i 20 de març el workshop, dirigat per Tomàs Molina: SOCIAL PERCEPTIONS OF WATER AND CLIMATE, organitzat per la Fundació We Are Water i la Interantional Association of Broadcast Meteorology amb el motiu del Dia Mundial de l’Aigua 2015.

Les jornades, que tindran lloc durant els dies 19 I 20 DE MARÇ DE 9:30 A 13:00 HORES, tenen l’objectiu de donar a conèixer les problemàtiques mediambientals relacionades amb l’aigua i el clima i la seva repercussió. Uns continguts que han estat elaborats pel meteoròleg de TV3 i amic de la Fundació We Are Water, Tomàs Molina.
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9th HyMeX Workshop 21-25 September 2015, Mykonos, Greece

General information

The 9th HyMeX workshop will take place from 21 to 25 September 2015, in Mykonos Island, Greece. It will be organized by the National Observatory of Athens at Saint-John hotel.

Objectives

The general objectives of the HyMeX workshops are to strengthen the links and knowledge exchange, as well as to foster collaborations within the HyMeX research community. The 9th HyMeX workshop will occur at midterm of the programme. It will be the opportunity to assess the achievements of the programme, both in terms of data collected and science results, against the original objectives of the HyMeX Science Plan (http://www.hymex.org/public/documents/HyMeX_Science_Plan.pdf). Running over 5 days, the programme will consist of plenary sessions with review solicited talks and Science Teams oral and poster sessions with an open call for contributions to present and discuss recent scientific progresses regarding the Mediterranean water cycle. Leer más de esta entrada

9TH HYMEX WORKSHOP, 21-25 SEPTEMBER 2015, MYKONOS, GREECE

General information

The 9th HyMeX workshop will take place from 21 to 25 September 2015, in Mykonos Island, Greece. It will be organized by the National Observatory of Athens at Saint-John hotel.

Objectives

The general objectives of all the HyMeX workshops are to strengthen the links and knowledge exchange, as well as to foster collaborations within the HyMeX community. The 9th HyMeX workshop will occur at mid-term of the programme. It will be the opportunity to assess the achievements of the programme, both in terms of data collected and scientific studies, against the original objectives of the Science Plan. Running over 5 days, the programme will consist of plenary sessions with review solicited talks and Science Teams oral and poster sessions with an open call for contributions to present and discuss recent scientific progresses in the understanding of the Mediterranean water cycle, from multiscale and multidisciplinary approaches. Leer más de esta entrada

Trainee in hydrology: Building up dedicated space-based services to monitor and protect surface water resources

CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellites), is a subsidiary of CNES (French Space Agency), IFREMER (French
Research Institute for exploration of the sea) and ARDIAN (ex Axa Private Equity), created in 1986.
CLS is specialized in satellite-based services and wants to develop added-value services dedicated to
institutions, governments and private industry in regards to the understanding, protection and
management of surface water resources. CLS does not have any in house hydrologist.
This trainee is expected to work six months for CLS. This will constitute the final report of a master’s
degree. The objective is to provide thematic support to CLS staff in their investigations to understand the
users’ needs, seen through a professional eye and environment, and the possible services that can be
made available to them now or in the future.
The subject would be: “Building up dedicated space-based services to monitor and protect surface water
resources”.
The geographical area of the study will be set depending on CLS needs. The area can be in Europe, Asia,
Africa or America.

All info: 20150113_Trainee_hydrology_CLS

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