Med-Hycos - the Project
MED-HYCOS ACTIVITIES REPORT
January 1999 - July 1999
Montpellier, July 1999
TABLE OF CONTENTS
2.2. Partner involvement
2.3. Statement of Expenses for 1998
2.4. Missions conducted by the PRC
3.2. Results and future
4.2. Web Interface
4.3. Client Tools
4.4. Results and future
5.2. Computer, peripheral devices and software
5.3. Additional Sensors
This report concerns the main activities of the MED-HYCOS project during the first seven months of 1999.
As proposed by the ICG meeting in December 1998, the main activities of MED-HYCOS Project were focused on :
The agreement signed between WMO and IRD (ORSTOM) was extended with amendment until December 1999. That allows the continuation of the project's activities.
In 1999, two persons from IRD worked full time in the Pilot Regional Centre and three others worked part time for the MED-HYCOS Project :
As presented below, five experts worked or are working in the PRC on the Web site and on the Information System (regional database and tools) :
During the first six months of 1999, IRD provided 40 000 French francs and the French Ministry of Environment provided 35 000 French francs in order to support the activities of PRC. The "Conseil Régional Languedoc-Rousillon" provided 50 000 French francs to purchase a second server.
The following table presents the expenses in USD incurred in 1999 by the project and ordered by PRC.
Approximate expenses in US $ during the period January-July 1999
Various missions were carried out by the Co-ordinator of PRC :
The first lot 20 DCPs was delivered to the PRC in August 1996. Eighteen DCPs have already been shipped to the countries and 2 are still available at the PRC. Out of these 18 DCPs received by the countries, 10 are currently in operation.
A second lot of five DCPs was delivered to the PRC in October 1998. A further lot of thirteen DCPs ordered in July 1998 was delivered in April 1999.
Because of the long delays to obtain the Eumetsat admission forms from the countries and the numbers from Eumetsat Centre (see annex) only 13 CDP are operational.
Only 6 platforms were sent to the following countries : Lebanon : 2 in January ; Cyprus : 1 in January and 1 in June ; Croatia : 1 in June ; Turkey : 1 in June.
The following table presents the shipped, operational and planned DCP and the sensor sets to be sent to the countries.
Shipped Operational and planned DCP - Sensor sets planned
Albania, Bulgaria, France, Romania and Slovenia are also providing the Regional Data Base near real time data from about fifteen other hydrological stations. Some six Italian stations are to be equipped soon with EUMETSAT DCPs for near real time satellite transmission. Spain will provide the PRC with near real time daily discharges from about five stations.
Concerning the collection of data from DCPs, it is noted that each participating country can directly access its data through the Internet on the EUMETSAT Internet Site.
It is also noted that the target of "25 to 30 MED-HYCOS DCPs operational by May 1999" defined in last December was not reached.
The National Hydrological
Services having non operational DCPs are committed to ensuring that these
platforms will be installed as soon as possible, operated (including gauging)
and maintained to the required standard. The operation and maintenance
costs should be normally covered by the countries, although the project
may provide support within the available funds (spare parts, support missions).
According to the agreement of the fourth meeting of the Initial Co-ordinating Group (ICG) in Montpellier (December 1998), the PRC accommodates several full time experts from partner countries to review and to manage the WEB Site and to develop various cartographic and data management and processing tools :
According to the ICG recommendations, the development of the MHIS has been oriented towards three main actions :
A very powerful tool has been developed by Eram Artinian:
The MED-HYCOS Web site structure has been modified following the guidelines approved by the ICG last December, especially to increase the interest of a larger number of MED-HYCOS project users.
A very high performance tool has been developed to access data through a cartographic interface, which preserves the vector structure of the information (countries, basins, rivers, stations). This tool allows the access of station locations, descriptions and data.
Three types of data are currently available in the MED-HYCOS Information System :
The first part of the "Data Retriever" software concerns the retrieval of real time data from the Web site. It was implemented to be used by the PRC as well as by the countries. Graphic visualisation permits users to easily find some errors not yet discovered at the previous steps of data acquisition.
The second part of the software – "Data Manager" - has several important functions:
All the developed tools will be available free of charge, on the MED-HYCOS CD-ROM version 2.0, 2000 copies of which will be disseminated in October 1999 (1000 in a new digipack, 1000 to update the CD-ROM V 1.0 already sent).
Before that, a beta version of the new CD-ROM will be sent to all the countries in August 1999 asking them to update historical data and information (National services descriptions, information on the use of MED-HYCOS data, pictures of DCPs, etc.).
The PRC received a request from the Co-ordinator of ARIDE European Project (Assessment of the Regional Impact of Droughts in Europe) for permission to use the MED-HYCOS data according to a specific agreement. Until now, the following countries have accepted this proposal : Albania, Cyprus, France, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, and Yugoslavia.
Since the MDM software has been operational in the PRC, the data from the DCPs are updated weekly.
During the next months, procedures for transforming the water levels in discharges through rating curves will be implemented which allow the collection of real time data on flow rates in rivers equipped with DCPs.
MEDMAP and MDM tools will be adapted for processing national databases. First examples will be set up in Cyprus and in Yugoslavia.
As defined at the beginning
of 1999, one of the main priorities will be the increasing of Near
Real Time (NRT) data collection in the RDB. All the participating countries
will be invited again to provide these additional data on a continuing
A training course "Digital Elevation Model" was organised from 14 to 19 June in Beirut by CREEN (Regional Water and Environment Centre - Lebanon), MED-HYCOS and IRD.
Participants from Bulgaria, Greece, Lebanon, Syria and Yugoslavia attended this training course given by a hydrologist researcher from IRD.
A complete computer equipment set was sent to most of the eligible countries.
This equipment is composed of :
See page 4.
The immediate following objectives were defined by the last ICG meeting:
Contacts were established in 1999 with Blue Plan (Sarajevo), European Joint Research Centre in ISPRA (Italy), ESIMEAU project, Regional Centre of Water and Environment (Lebanon), SADC HYCOS (WIAC meeting in Geneva), etc.
An effort will be made to
establish a discussion forum for the MED-HYCOS partners on the Internet.
The last ICG meeting recommends that the role of moderator of this forum
should be held by the MED-HYCOS focal points on a rolling basis (6 months
During the first seven months of 1999, the MED-HYCOS project made strong progress.
A significant effort was made by the PRC team to develop the information system structure. This includes very efficient tools for the PRC to manage the regional database, and for the national hydrological services which will be able to process their own data and give access to the international community to data and information related to the project.
The promotion of MED-HYCOS Project was carried out through contacts with Blue Plan, Mediterranean Water Institute, Mediterranean Water Network, Global Water Partnership, Joint Research Centre of ISPRA, French Foreign Ministry, Languedoc-Roussillon Region representative, etc.
By means of the Web Site and of a new CD-ROM to be distributed in November, MED-HYCOS Project continues to offer to the international community concrete results and to ensure the promotion of the programme.
Unfortunately only 13 DCPs are currently operational. It is a disappointing result for MED-HYCOS project. All the representatives of the countries must understand that the main priority for MED-HYCOS project is to significantly increase the number of installed DCPs in the Mediterranean.
At the end of this year, which is the last year of the initial phase, the number of Operational DCPs installed by the partner countries, will be considered by donors and WMO as one of the main indicators of the MED-HYCOS Project's success.