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Issue 122: iSGTW 29 April 2009

Foreseeing floods

In autumn, the Cévennes mountain range in south-central France draws warm, humid lightning storms in from the Mediterranean. Depending on the cloud system, the storm can remain in the area, stuck churning in the mountains, dumping moisture for many hours.

In September, 2002, one such storm in the area, lasting 15 hours, caused 600 mm of rain within one day. Unexpected flash floods caused the deaths of more than 20 people and economic damage estimated at 1.2 billion euros.

During the last decade, such floods have become a significant natural hazards in Europe.

To help combat them, Vincent Thierion, a geo-informatics researcher, has been working on a grid-enabled flood forecasting application.

He said, “We met a few weeks ago with the civil protection service and they are very interested in this prototype, so we must work to finish it so they can use it!”

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Link of the week

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You can now hear a concert featuring a harp-like instrument from Ancient Greece that has not been heard for centuries.

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