Grup de Recerca Aplicada en Hidrometeorologia (GRAHI, http://www.grahi.upc.es;
email@example.com) is a Research
the Technological Innovation Network of the Catalan Governement (http://www.gencat.es/cidem/it/xit/index.html,
Xarxa d’innovació Tecnològica,). It is as a research
unit associated to the Institute of Space Studies of Catalunya (IEEC)
and also to the Civil Engineering School of the Universitat Politècnica
de Catalunya (UPC).
The GRAHI-IEEC has experience in: problems of water resources and
flood forecasting which arises from the peculiar features of the
Mediterranean climate; characterisation and measure of rainfall
properties at different scales; the hydrological applications of
meteorological radar; and the development of rainfall-runoff models
adapted to Mediterranean basins. In particular, the group has ten
years experience in developing operational algorithms to improve
the quality of rainfall estimates and on the development of hydrological
models able to be used on operational flood forecasting systems.
A considerable part of the economic resources that support GRAHI-IEEC
research activities come from funded projects by the EC and Spanish
national and regional science and technology commissions, as well
as from innovation and technology transfer projects.
The group is also member of the Xarxa de Riscos Naturals de Catalunya
scientific network involving 4 universities focused on studies about
Mediterranean natural hazards, and it has a wide experience in organising
courses, international meetings and dissemination. The institutional
relationships of co-operation with the Water Agency of Catalunya
(ACA), the Meteorological Service of Catalunya (SMC), the Spanish
National Meteorological Institute (INM), CLABSA, the company managing
the Besòs Flood warning system and the sewer network of Barcelona,
and ADASA provide the framework for the proposed work.