The Foundation, named Centro Internazionale In Monitoraggio Ambientale (International Centre On Environmental Monitoring), is a no-profit organization under the Italian Legal Regulations. The Founding Institutions were the Civil Protection Department of the Italian Prime Minister's Cabinet Office, the University of Genova, the Government of the Region of Liguria, and the Administrationof the Province of Savona. A framework agreement between CIMA and University of Genoa (UNIGE) is active for regulating joint activities in research programs . For this reason University of Genoa personnel is part of the team involved in the project work. CIMA is also International Affiliate Member of CUAHSI. HMR at CIMA deals with the study of uncertainty propagation in hydro-meteorological forecasting chains, the study of rainfall processes with the development of rainfall downscaling and hydrological models. CIMA has participated a several national and international HMR projects, and it is leading the FP7 Project DRIHMS SSA.
The LMU Munich is one of the leading research universities in Europe, with a more than 500-year- long tradition. The research group of Prof. Dr. Kranzlmuller at the LMU Institute of Computer Science is part of the Munich Network Management Team (MNM Team), a group of researchers at LMU, the Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) and the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ). The MNM Team is one of the first groups worldwide to have addressed the research area of IT management in large-scale networked systems and grids The MNM-Team developed new management concepts, adequate tools and middleware services to support grid infrastructure operation and resource management. The work is based on both thorough scientific research and practical experiences and knowledge gained from intensive co-operations with providers of large heterogeneous networks and with software developers in the field of integrated management. For this proposal, LMU is teaming up and relying heavily on its existing collaboration with LRZ. The LRZ as an e-Infrastructure centre has been an active player in the area of HPC and grid computing for over 20 years and provides computing power on several different levels. At present, LRZ operates an SGI Altix 4700 (with nearly ten thousand cores and a peak-performance above 60 TeraFlop/s) as well as a number of general purpose and specialized clusters, often integrated in grid infrastructures. LRZ is member of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), and active participant in many EU funded projects such as PRACE, DEISA, and EGI-InSPIRE and IGE.
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) is the major public research body in Italy, a multidisciplinary institution that actively participated to the different FP programmes of EU. The Istituto di Matematica Applicata e Tecnologie Informatiche (CNR-IMATI) is a leading institute in the fields of applied mathematics and Computer science. IMATI-CNR has the headquarter in Pavia and branches in Genova and Milano. The institute has a long tradition of coordination of national and international research projects (including coordination of a NoE in the 6th FP, and of two Ideas projects in the 7th FP). IMATI-CNR is fully involved in the Grid activities carried out by CNR at the national and international level, including participation to IGI (Italian Grid Infrastructure) and EGI (European Grid Initiative).
HRW provides world leading analysis, advice, and support in engineering and environmental hydraulics, and in the management of water and the water environment. Created as the Hydraulics Research Station of the UK Government in 1947, we became a private entity in 1982, and have since operated as an independent, non profit-distributing organisation committed to building knowledge and solving problems, expertly and appropriately. Today, HRW has a 60-year track record of achievement in applied research and specialist consultancy. We have a unique mix of know-how, assets, and facilities including state of the art physical modelling laboratories, a full range of computational modelling tools and, above all expert staff with world-renowned skills and experience. HRW has a pedigree of excellence and a tradition of innovation, which we sustain by re-investing profits from our operations into programmes of strategic research and development, designed to keep us, and our clients and partners, at the leading edge. With headquarters in the UK, HRW reaches clients and partners globally through a network of offices, agents, and alliances around the world.
DELTARES is an independent Dutch institute for applied research and consultancy. It was established in 2008 by merging existing institutes (specifically GeoDelft, WL | Delft Hydraulics, TNO Built Environment and Geosciences - Subsurface and Groundwater and parts of the Department of Transport Public Works and Water Management). The institute employs more than 800 people. The DELTARES’ strategic principle is ‘Enabling Delta Life’, focusing on knowledge and technology development to provide innovative solutions to make living and working in deltas, coastal areas and river basins safe, clean and sustainable. DELTARES has a unique combination of knowledge and experience in the field of water, soil and the sub-surface. It is frontrunner in the development, distribution and application of knowledge for meeting the challenges in the physical planning, design and management of vulnerable deltas, coastal areas and river basins. The institute is located in two cities in the Netherlands: Delft and Utrecht. DELTARES open operational forecasting and early warning system (FEWS) is used worldwide by numerous agencies and flood forecasting centres from UK to Taiwan and from Pakistan to USA.
CUAHSI (Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science) is an organization representing 112 United States member universities, 7 affiliate member universities, and 16 international affiliate members. CUAHSI receives support from the National Science Foundation to develop infrastructure and services for the advancement of hydrologic science and education in the U.S. CUAHSI and CIMA signed an International Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a joint collaboration for HMR with special focus on data sharing, publication of model results, and integration/assimilation of in situ data, remotely sensed data, and models for both basic research and applications to water resources management and hazards prediction. The following CUAHSI's Programs and Services are relevant for the DRIHM project: Hydrologic Information System (HIS) and Community Hydrologic Modelling Platform (CHyMP). The mission of CUAHSI-HIS is to enhance hydrologic science by facilitating user access to more and better data for testing hypotheses and analyzing hydrologic processes. The goals of the CUAHSI-HIS are to unite the nation's water information, to make it universally accessible and useful, and to provide access to the data sources, tools and models that enable the synthesis, visualization and evaluation of the behaviour of hydrologic systems. The project has three parts: a national e-Science system for sharing hydrologic data, research into hydrologic information science, and support for the hydrologic information community. As an initiative for its next 5-year phase, CUAHSI is proposing to launch a major effort towards the development of a Community Hydrologic Modelling Platform (CHyMP).
The NCAR, managed by the nonprofit University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is a federally funded research and development center devoted to service, research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR’s mission is to understand the behaviour of the atmosphere and related physical, biological and social systems; to support, enhance and extend the capabilities of the university community and the broader scientific community – nationally and internationally; and to foster transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth.
Today, NCAR provides the university research and teaching community with tools such as aircraft and radar to observe the atmosphere and with the technology and assistance to interpret and use these observations, including supercomputer access, computer models, user support, and cooperatively developed models such as Community Earth System Model (CESM), Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF), and Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM).