Workshop: Role of Hydrometeorological Services in Disaster Risk Management


These organizations sponsored the workshop on the role of hydrometeorological services in DRM.


*** UPDATE: Publication now available: 

The Role of Hydrometeorological Services in Disaster Risk Management (click on title)

Proceedings from the Joint Workshop Co-organized by: The World Bank, GFDRR, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), and the World Meteorological Organization 
Washington, D.C. – March 12, 2012



Sponsored and co-organized by the World Bank Europe and Central Asia Disaster Risk Management team, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the purpose of this workshop was to share best practices and experience in innovative and state-of-the-art hydrometeorological services and their use in disaster risk reduction mechanisms that are effectively protecting lives, livelihood, and assets.

Weather and climate hazards such as storms, heat waves, cold waves, floods, and droughts cause more economic damage and loss of life than any other natural disasters.   Climate change may make such events even more severe.  Many of the countries in Europe and Central Asia have suffered considerable losses.  As global, regional and national initiatives are launched and emergency management agencies contribute their efforts through a variety of funding modalities, sharing experiences and best practices across organizations becomes increasingly important.

This workshop brought together experience and expertise from European and Central Asian countries, the WMO, the UNISDR, the World Bank, European and U.S. institutions, as well as client countries.  The first part of workshop focused on best practices in hydro and weather hazard monitoring and early warning for extreme events.  The second part focused on investments strengthening weather and climate services  for better disaster risk management that are being undertaken by countries with World Bank support.


Presentations from the event below (listed by title of presentation, organization):

1. Good Practices, Guidelines and Capacity Development Projects in DRR and Adaptation - World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

2. Applications of Climate Models for Improved Decision Support Services - Climate Prediction Center

3. Advances in Hydrologic Forecast and Flood Warning Services - NOAA

4. Risk Map: Risk Analysis Division - FEMA

5. Advances in Technology in Stream Measurement, Monitoring and Visualization of Information - US Geological Service (USGS)

6. French Meteorological “Vigilance” Procedure - Meteo France

7. Meteo Alarm: European Multiservice Meteorological Awareness Project (EMMA-project) - Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics, Austria 

8. Hydromet Monitoring and Warning - Italian Civil Protection

9. Building an “End to End” Multi-hazard Forecasting System in Albania - The World Bank

10. Moldova Disaster and Climate Risk Management Project (DCRMP) - The World Bank and Serbian Hydrometeorological Services
11. Current Status of Hydrometeorological Monitoring in Georgia - Government of Georgia

12. An Introduction to Hydrometeorological Services in Central Asia and Caucasus - UNISDR

13. Central Asia Hydrometeorology Modernization Project (CAHMP) - The World Bank

14. Development of Hydromet Modernization Projects in East and Central Asia Region- Central Asia Hydromet Modernization Project - The World Bank / GFDRR

15. A Coordinated Approach for Stakeholder Involvements in Climate Outlook Simulations - The World Bank


For more information, see the publication here, agenda from the workshop here or contact Christina Irene at