The management platform
The modelling system operates upon the MIKE OPERATIONS platform. MIKE OPERATIONS is a robust forecast management system that automatically collects all required data and information, performs data checking, runs forecast models and issues forecasts and early warnings.
Conditions of using the system
The system is installed at the Civil Protection Center of the Piedmont Region (ARPA Piedmont) and is automatically operated to provide accurate forecasts of water levels and discharge in all river sections.
The meteorological input given to the system is supplied daily by the ARPA Piedmont meteo forecasting technicians. Meanwhile, the observation data comes from the regional meteo-hydrological monitoring network.
The system is configured to operate automatically. At the same time, the ARPA technicians can manage the system on the basis of specific needs, also simulating alternative scenarios.
Advantages of the approach
The Civil Protection Center is supported by the system for all the activities concerning the hydrological forecasting and management. The hydrological and hydraulic modelling allow personnel to set up alert procedures based not only on the comparison between rainfall and threshold values, but also on the predicted effects on the basin.
The deterministic and quantitative approach assures accurate forecasts coherently with the real-time needs. The same platform can also be used for the forecasting and management of drought conditions. The platform represents a complete support system for the overall management of the water resources in the entire basin.