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MED-HYCOS INITIAL COORDINATING GROUP

FIFTH MEETING
report


 
Montpellier, France December 1 - 6, 1998

MED-HYCOS PRC
C/O ORSTOM
BP 5045 - 34 032 - Montpellier - France
Tel : (33) 04 67 63 64 28 Fax : (33) 04 67 41 21 33
Email : Marc.Morell@mpl.ird.fr

 

SUMMARY

OPENING

ORGANIZATION OF WORK

OBJECTIVE 1 - DCP Network

OBJECTIVE 2 - MED- HYCOS INFORMATION SYSTEM (MHIS)

OBJECTIVE 3 - Improvement of National Hydrological Services

OBJECTIVE 4 - Cooperation infrastructure

PROPOSALS FOR FUTURE WORK

APPROVAL OF THE REPORT

CLOSURE OF THE MEETING

APPENDIX 1 : List of the participants

APPENDIX 2 : Addresses of the participants

APPENDIX 3 : Agenda

APPENDIX 4 : Terms of reference of working group on DCP Network

APPENDIX 5 : Template for NHS METAdata collection

APPENDIX 6 : Statement of accounts of the project

APPENDIX 7 : List of three scenarios for MED-HYCOS Phase II

APPENDIX 8 : List of the immediate targets

APPENDIX 9 : List of the Acronyms

OPENING

At the kind invitation of the government of Tunisia, the fifth meeting of the Initial Co-ordinating Group (ICG) of the MED-HYCOS project was held in Tunis (Tunisia) from 5 to 10 June 2000. The meeting opened at the Diplomat Hotel at 11am by the Secrétaire d'Etat auprès du Ministre de l'Agriculture chargé des Ressources Hydrauliques et de la Pêche. The meeting was attended by 40 participants from 18 countries and 5 regional and international organisations. The meeting noted that other members Italy (member of the ICG), Turkey and Lebanon were unable to attend and invited them to make every effort to attend the next meetings. The list of participants is given in Appendix 1 and the addresses in Appendix 2.

Mr Slaheddine Bouzaiane, representative of Tunisia on the MED-HYCOS project welcomed the participants on behalf of the Direction Générale des Ressources en Eau, Ministry of Agriculture.

Mr Rachid Khanfir, representing the Directeur Général des Ressources en Eau also extended a warm welcome to the participants.

Mr Ameur Horchani, Secrétaire d'Etat auprès du Ministre de l'Agriculture chargé des Ressources Hydrauliques et de la Pêche, addressed the meeting. He recalled the importance of the MED-HYCOS project in supporting water resources development activities in the Mediterranean basin countries through the collection and exchange of reliable hydrological information. He noted that this was particularly true in the case of Tunisia which is sandwiched between the Mediterranean region which is generally well equipped for water resources assessment and the Sahara for which there is a paucity of hydrometeorological network. He pointed to the need for capacity building with particular reference to the knowledge base so as to address the climate problems facing the region.

Mr John Bassier, the WMO representative, expressed the appreciation of the organisation to the government of Tunisia for hosting the meeting and for providing the excellent facilities and support. He noted that the MED-HYCOS project had made significant progress in particular with regard to promoting regional co-operation and the development of the regional database. He noted that the project was serving as the flag ship of the WHYCOS programme from which other HYCOS projects were obtaining appreciable benefits. He expressed WMO's appreciation to the government of France and in particular to IRD for the resources and the expertise which had been made available in the support of the project.

Mr Marc Morell, co-ordinator of the Pilot Regional Centre thanked to the representatives of the participating countries for having so readily responded to the invitation to attend this meeting. He noted the main achievements of the project over the past five years and stressed the value of the meeting in establishing the base for the continuation of the project activities. He also expressed his gratitude for the efforts of the Direction Générale des Ressources en Eau of Tunisia for their active participation in the project and for their efforts in organising the meeting.

The co-ordinator of the PRC made a presentation on the project objectives and highlighted the results that had been achieved up to date. Mr John Bassier, presented an overview of the WHYCOS programme. It was noted that in addition to MED-HYCOS two other HYCOSs were being implemented and that 12 additional projects were at various stages of development.

ORGANIZATION OF WORK

The meeting adopted the agenda as given in Appendix 3. It also agreed on the organisation of its work.

The meeting elected a chairman for each of the project objectives as follows :

  • Mr Bogdan Lucaschi (Romania) - Implementation of the DCP network
  • Mr Zoran Radic (Yugoslavia) - MED-HYCOS information system
  • Mr Edward Qunquar (Jordan) - Improvement of National Hydrological Services
  • Mr Slaheddine Bouzaiane (Tunisia) - Co-operation and information infrastructure

OBJECTIVE 1 - DCP NETWORK

The meeting was reminded of the expected output under this objective. It had been foreseen that a network of DCPs would be established. The stations equipped by the project are part of the national hydrological networks and their maintenance and operation should be compliant with the established WHYCOS criteria. A total of 38 DCPs had been purchased in three different lots, of 20, 5 and 13 respectively. The first lot was delivered to the PRC in August 1996, the second in October 1998 and the third set of 13 in April 1999. The status with regards to the network development is presented in the table below:

Status of the DCPs network, 1 June 2000
DCP Shipped DCP Operational DCP Planned
PRC 1 0 0
Albania 2 2 0
Algeria 1 0 1
Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 1 0
Bulgaria 4 2 0
Croatia 2 2 0
Cyprus 3 3 0
Grece 0 0 1
Jordan 1 1 0
Lebanon 2 0 0
Macedonia 1 1 0
Malta 2 2 0
Morocco 2 0 0
Palestinian 2 0 0
Slovenia 3 1 0
Tunisia 4 4 0
Turkey* 4+1 3 0
Total 36 22 2

* one DCP was destroyed by lightning

There was much discussion regarding this subject and in particular with respect to the maintenance of the DCPs. A number of countries experienced similar problems in particular with respect to the transmitter component and the resetting of the date. This applies to PM 46 and in particular to the PM 36 model of the DCPs delivered with the third lot. There was a general view that the stations were new and should be expected to function without problems for a few years. As this was not the case with some stations, the responsibility rested with the manufacturer. The meeting therefore requested the PRC to make contact with the manufacturer with a view to solving this problem. The meeting recognized that adequate expertise was available within the participating countries for installation and maintenance of the network. This had been demonstrated by the assistance provided in the installation of the stations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jordan and FYR Macedonia by experts from Slovenia, Romania and Croatia respectively. It was felt that similar arrangements would be valuable in installing the remaining stations. The meeting recognised that the routine maintenance of the station was responsibility of the participating countries, but that in some cases additional expertise was needed to assist with specific problems. It therefore decided to establish a Working Group on DCP Network for this purpose. The working group would consist of an expert from each country with a core membership of six with specific responsibility. The following topic areas and the relevant responsible experts were identified:

Working group on DCP network
Installation Dimitar Gaytandjiev - Bulgaria
Maintenance Ivan Smalcelj - Croatia
Training Ahmid Benabdelfadel - Morocco
Technological development survey Bojan Cernac - Slovenia
Assistance to countries Bogdan Lucaschi - Romania
Network status Pierre Marchand - PRC (Group leader)

The detailed terms of reference for the work of this group are provided in Appendix 4.

The meeting also noted the need of the countries for training in the domain of the electronics employed in DCPs.

The meeting was informed of the arrangements made by Morocco, which incorporated a maintenance contract with the manufacturer within the contract for the purchase of DCP equipment. It was felt that the purchase of any future DCP for MED-HYCOS should include a similar provision and the manufacturer should be urged to appoint a local representative. The proposal by Morocco to include the two MED-HYCOS DCP in its current maintenance contract was welcomed. The PRC has offered to assist Morocco in securing this arrangement.

The meeting reviewed the situation with regard to the procurement of water quality and meteorological sensors, as had been discussed at the ICG last session. It noted with concern that it had taken over a year to discuss the question of compatibility of the water quality sensors with the DCPs. It was recognized that the installation of water quality sensors could create other maintenance problems which might not be solvable in view of the approaching end of the current phase of the project. It was however felt necessary to accumulate experience with these new types of sensors before completing the network as was foreseen. The meeting therefore recommended the purchase of only one set of each of the meteorological and water quality sensors to be allocated respectively to Cyprus and to Tunisia on a trial basis.

The meeting recognized that priority should be given to the development of the network in those countries where installation of stations was recent or not as yet completed (Jordan, Palestinian Authority, Lebanon, Morocco).

OBJECTIVE 2 - MED- HYCOS INFORMATION SYSTEM (MHIS)

The meeting was informed that during the last year there was considerable progress in the development of the MED-HYCOS Information System. This was largely due to the valuable contribution made by experts from of the following countries, Albania (1), Bulgaria (2), Romania (2) and Yugoslavia (2).

In accordance with the recommendation of the fourth meeting of the ICG, the project hired and partly financed the services of experts provided by the partner countries to review and to manage the Web Site and the Regional Data Base and to develop various cartographic and data management and processing tools. The subjects and the periods of attachment of the various experts are indicated below:

  • Minka Stoyanova from the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology of Bulgaria, who worked on the Web Site from 15 January of to 15 March 1999, and from the 1 April to 15 December 2000,
  • Vladan Kojanic from the National Hydrometeorological Institute of Yugoslavia, Web Master, from 1 March to 15 December 1999,
  • Dejan Lekic from the National Hydrometeorological Institute of Yugoslavia, developing cartographic tools (MED-MAP), from 1 February to 15 December 1999, and from the 1 February to 15 December 2000
  • Eram Artinian from the National Hydrometeorological Institute of Bulgaria, developing management and processing tools (MED-DAT), from 1 February to 15 December 1999, and from the 15 April to 15 December 2000,
  • Liliana Fugaçiu from the National Hydrometeorological Institute of Romania working on the retrieval of hydrometeorological information (rainfall and temperature monthly data) in the Mediterranean area, from 3 May to 27 June 1999,
  • Ildiko Pelczer from the National Hydrometeorological Institute of Romania, working on the climatological data representation tools (MED-CLIM), from 1 July 1999 to 15 December 2000, (subject to the agreement of the Romanian Government Authorities).
  • Agim Selenica from the National Hydrometeorological Institute of Albania, working on the retrieval of general water related information and on the assessment of water resources in Albania, from 28 July 1999 to 15 December 2000.

A presentation and a practical demonstration of the tools developed were made by the experts during the meeting. The CD-ROM containing the regional database and the tools was distributed to all participants.

While appreciating the work already done, the meeting recognized the need for further improvement of the MED-HYCOS Information System (MHIS) and recommended that the PRC improves the tools already prepared and continue to develop new tools, including those for internet environment for the use of participating countries. In this connection it recommended that a contact person should be designated in each of participating countries. These contact persons would be responsible to ensure the regular collection and transmission, on a routine basis of data from DCPs, near real time data and historical data. They would also be responsible for the subsequent validation of the DCP data supplied.

The meeting noted that a cartographic base of the Mediterranean catchments was generated from digitalized hydrographic network maps at 1:1000 000 scale and digital elevation models at 30" resolution for the use of the MED-HYCOS Information System. It was recommended that this cartographic base be circulated to the countries for validation prior to the creation of a regional database on the Mediterranean catchments.

The meeting further recommended that the MED-HYCOS representative in each country should identify potential applications of the MED-HYCOS data and to provide the PRC with the results of applications on a regular basis.

The countries were invited to apply the tools developed within the framework of the project to national data sets. In this connection some countries indicated that they were likely to experience some difficulties. It was therefore recommended that a training course be held for this purpose at the PRC before the end of the year, possibly around October - November. In order that maximum benefits be derived from this training course, the meeting urged that the participant designated by the country should have the appropriate technical background.

Further, in order to ensure the improvement and regular updating of the MED-HYCOS Information System, countries were urged to supply the PRC with information concerning the organization and the activities of the National Hydrological Services. This applies in particular to those NHS which have not yet developed their Web Site.

In considering the further development of the MED-HYCOS Information System, the meeting considered it necessary to develop a meta database which should include an inventory of all hydrological data held in the regional and national databases. The countries were urged to provide the PRC with the relevant information in accordance with the format provide in Appendix 5.

With regard to the supply of data to the PRC, the meeting urged that countries supply near real time data for some stations, as previously agreed, and provide or complete the historical data series.

OBJECTIVE 3 - IMPROVEMENT OF NATIONAL HYDROLOGICAL SERVICES

Under this objective two training courses were held as follows:

  • "Digital Elevation Model" from 14 to 19 June in Beirut, organized by PRC in collaboration with CREEN (Regional Water and Environment Centre - Lebanon), and IRD. Participants from Bulgaria, Greece, Lebanon, Syria and Yugoslavia attended this training course.
  • "New technologies in Surface Hydrology" in October-November 1999 at IRD, Montpellier France Participants from Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jordan, and Yugoslavia attended this training session.

The meeting appreciated that a complete set of computer equipment was supplied to the following eligible countries. Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Slovenia, Tunisia and Turkey. A set will be made available also to Morocco and Palestinian Authority.

This set of equipment was composed of:

  • a PC (400 MHz, 4 GB hard disc, 64 MB RAM) with a 17 inch screen
  • a printer, a scanner, a modem, and a Iomega Zip writer/reader
  • software: Pack Office, Map Info, Corel Draw

The meeting requested the PRC to consider the possibility of providing software updates to the countries.

The representative of Bosnia-Herzegovina informed the meeting of the needs to upgrade the NHS of her country. These were seen as falling outside the scope of the project. It was recommended that contacts should be made with WMO Secretariat with a view to arrange the preparation of a project proposal to address those needs.

The meeting recognized the value of a periodic newsletter to inform the NHSs about on-going and planned activities being carried out at the PRC and in the countries. It recommended that such a newsletter be issued by the PRC in electronic form preferably on a three months basis. This newsletter should be given wide distribution.

The meeting further recognized that a substantial source of expertise was available within the MED-HYCOS partners which could be used to provide assistance to countries as required. As a first step in utilizing this resource it recommended that the PRC prepare a roster of experts. The countries were invited to provide information on the available expertise in accordance with the format which will be supplied by the PRC.

The countries were also invited to express their interest and readiness to carry out activities at meeting the capacity building mission of MED-HYCOS, in particular in organising training courses in the field of hydrometry and producing training material.

OBJECTIVE 4 - COOPERATION INFRASTRUCTURE

The meeting was reminded of the main activities carried out under this objective. These are summarised below as follows :

  • Development of the Web site (including linkage with the Regional Data Base);
  • Publication and distribution of the MED-HYCOS brochure;
  • Production and dispatching of a new CD-ROM (version 2) in December 1999;
  • Establishment of contacts and co-operation with other projects in the Mediterranean region.

Under this same objective several missions have been carried out with a view to :

  • Participate in scientific meetings relevant to the project;
  • Promote the project to potential donors;
  • Ensure links with others on-going and developing HYCOS components;
  • Assess status and hydrological needs of MED-HYCOS partners.

Contacts were established in recent years with the Blue Plan, the Mediterranean Water Network, the European Joint Research Centre in Ispra (Italy), the European Task Force Water and co-ordinators of European programmes (HYDROMED, MAST, etc.). These contacts might result in collaboration projects between MED-HYCOS and other programmes as well as between MED-HYCOS partners and research teams in the Mediterranean basin. MED-HYCOS, through IRD is also involved in the implementation of the EC funded programme ESIMEAU, on the application of the information technology in modelling water resources management in semi-arid areas. In this connection it was underlined that European Commission through ESIMEAU contributed to financial support of MED-HYCOS activities (around 15 000 Euros per year).

Four regional bodies were invited to the meeting as potential collaborators and informed the meeting of their activities. These bodies were: Environment Institute of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (EI-JRC), the Blue Plan, MEDIAS-France and FRIEND-AMHY.

Mr Fayçal Bouraoui representing EI-JRC, highlighted the activities of the institute. One of the main projects concerned water research and monitoring (Project EI-3). To assess the interrelated nature of water quality and quantity in upland drainage basins particular interest was expressed in obtaining river flow data which could be provided by MED-HYCOS.

Mr Jean Margat, representing the Blue Plan, presented the major outcome relevant to the water resource assessment contained in the "Vision to Action" document prepared by the Blue Plan for the Global Water Partnership in January 2000. The need of obtaining data from: undisturbed catchments, catchments with growing anthropic pressure, closed catchments, semi-arid catchments and karstic springs were areas of prior interest.

Mr Michel Hoepffner, representing MEDIAS-France, illustrated the links established by his corporation with other research programmes such as the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). The particular area of interest was supporting research activities in the climate especially on the Mediterranean Basin and the African countries. He stressed interest in the strengthening collaboration between NHSs and the international scientific community in adding value to hydrological data.

Mr Jean-François Boyer briefly reported on his activities in the SADC-HYCOS project, concerning the development of the database and Website using the latest technologies. With regards to FRIEND-AMHY he noted the nine topics in which the current research activities were in progress: these included floods, heavy rainfalls, regionalization, drought, ecohydrology, long time series, rainfall-runoff modelling and database development. He expressed the need to update the FRIEND-AMHY database with data from the NHSs involved in MED-HYCOS project.

Emphasis was placed on the need to improve the Website by including a number of additional products which should be available before the end of the year. These products will be developed by the countries in collaboration with the PRC. Examples of such products are:

  • Water resources assessment for specific basins;
  • Assessment of water resources variability in particular areas;
  • Case studies on water management practices;
  • Extreme conditions such as floods and droughts;
  • Training material on hydrometrical activities;
  • Manuals on data processing techniques;
  • Studies on water quality assessment;
  • Bibliography of publications on water resource assessment and management.

The meeting urged each country to provide the PRC with the material as listed above as soon as possible by the end of July 2000.

PROPOSALS FOR FUTURE WORK

The meeting was also informed of the status of the financial situation of the project. The statement of accounts is provided in Appendix 6.

The meeting was informed of the interest expressed by the countries of the region in extending the activities of the project. This interest was conveyed to the Global Water Partnership through its regional technical advisory committee (MED-TAC). At the request of the GWP the PRC had prepared a proposal in December 1999 for a second phase of MED-HYCOS. This document was considered and MED-HYCOS is supported by the GWP Finance Committee as an associated programme of WMO/GWP.

The meeting noted with appreciation that IRD (Institute of Research for Development, formerly ORSTOM) offers to continue supporting the activities of MED-HYCOS, by hosting the Pilot Regional Centre in Montpellier (France) and by providing administrative and scientific staff.

The co-ordinator of the PRC presented proposals for the activities to be considered in the next phase of MED-HYCOS for a period of four years starting January 2001.

The proposal has presented three possible scenarios. This proposal along with the estimated cost included is presented in Appendix 7.

In the discussion of this proposal, it was agreed that the emphasis should be on a regional approach with focus on water assessment and management, real time data for forecasting and warning and on technology transfer and Internet oriented products and tools.

There was a general agreement with the proposal to extend the project activities with scenario 2 being the preferred option. A number of other points were made and should be taken into consideration in revising the project proposal. This were as follow:

  • Cost sharing for the purchase of DCPs.
  • Participating countries should consider including in the MED-HYCOS network other DCPs installed in their countries.
  • Participating countries should be classified in three categories:
    • Receiving 100% support;
    • Receiving partial support;
    • Receiving no support.
  • New DCPs should be located on transboundary rivers.
  • New DCPs should be located so as to fill the present gaps in the network notably Drini/Drim river, large islands (Sardinia, Sicily, Crete), Aegean Coast and African Coast except Tunisia.
  • Problems common to several countries should be addressed in studies on pilot basins.
  • Consider long term sustainability of the project when external support ends.
  • To demonstrate the use of Real Time Data in the development of the proposal for the second phase the countries are invited to provide to the PRC short notes on the current use of the DCPs data.
  • Identify an appropriate institutional framework, including an overseeing body with a clear mandate for the project supervision. In doing so consideration should be given to ensuring the current spirit of co-operation among the participating countries

The meeting was informed that WMO, upon request of the concerned countries, was developing HYCOS proposals for the Black Sea and the Danube Basin. It was therefore felt that further action should concentrate on the Mediterranean basin countries.

For the preparation of a revised project document the meeting recommended that the co-ordinator of the PRC should revise the current scenario 2 proposal taking into consideration the views expressed by the meeting. The meeting however felt that other participants should be given the opportunity to contribute to the document and invited the representatives from Bulgaria, Palestinian Authority, Tunisia and Yugoslavia to do so.

The list of the immediate targets is provided in Appendix 8; the list of the acronyms used in this report is provided in Appendix 9.

APPROVAL OF THE REPORT

The participants considered and adopted the draft final report of the meeting along with its Appendixes. The meeting requested the PRC to undertake all editorial changes deemed necessary to finalize the report and to circulate it to all members of the Initial Co-ordinating Group, participants in the meeting and to all the participating countries.

CLOSURE OF THE MEETING

In their closing addresses, both the representative of the WMO Secretariat and the PRC Co-ordinator thanked the Direction Générale des Ressources en Eau and the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture for their warm hospitality and the excellent facilities provided. They joined their voices in thanking all the participants for their contribution to the meeting and their continuous active involvement in MED-HYCOS.

The formal part of the meeting closed on Friday 9 June 2000, at 13h00.

A field trip was organised on Saturday 10 of June to visit the sites of groundwater recharge in Sidi Aleya and Sidi Saïd. The technical details during the visit were provided by the personnel of the Direction Générale des Ressources en Eau.

APPENDIX 1 : LIST OF THE PARTICIPANTS

List of the participantsICG meeting - TUNIS - June 5 to 10, 2000

ICG Meeting
COUNTRY OR ORGANIZATION
Surname
First name
Member BULGARIA GAYTANDJIEV DIMITER
Member CYPRUS IACOVIDES IACOVOS
Member FRANCE ODIER MICHEL
  FRANCE CLAUDET ROLAND
Member MALTA MANGION JOHN
Member ROMANIA FUGACIU LILIANA
  ROMANIA LUCASCHI BOGDAN
Member SLOVENIA MIKLAVCIC JOZE
  SLOVENIA CERNAC BOJAN
Member SPAIN RODRIGUEZ-FONTAL ALBERTO
Member TUNISIA BOUZAIANE SLAHEDDINE
  TUNISIA NASRALLAH SALEM
  TUNISIA BEN SALAH YOUSRA
Member WMO BASSIER JOHN
  WMO ABRATE TOMMASO
Member FRIEND-AMHY BOYER JEAN-FRANCOIS
Member MEDIAS-FRANCE HOEPFFNER MICHEL
PRC PRC - IRD MORELL MARC
  PRC - IRD PERRAUD-RIVAL MANUELLE
  PRC - IRD SUAVIN MARC
  PRC YUGOSLAVIA LEKIC DEJAN
  PRC - BULGARIA ARTINIAN ERAM
  PRC - ROMANIA PELCZER ILDIKO
  PRC - BULGARIA STOYANOVA MINKA
Invited ALBANIA SELENICA AGIM
Invited GREECE ATHANASIOS NIANIOS
Invited CROATIA ZUPAN MILAN
Invited CROATIA SMALCELJ IVAN
Invited BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA KUPUSOVIC ESENA
Invited YUGOSLAVIA RADIC ZORAN
Invited JORDAN QUNQAR EDWARD
Invited ALGERIA BOUGUERRA KHIER
Invited MOROCCO BENABDELFADEL ABDELHAMID
Invited PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY ZAYED OMAR MAHMOUD
Invited PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY EIDEH OMAR MUSTAFA
Invited FYR of MACEDONIA MILEVSKI JOSIF
Invited FYR of MACEDONIA MANCHEVSKI LEFKO
Invited JRC ISPRA GIROD MICHEL
Invited JRC ISPRA BOURAOUI FAYCAL
Invited PAM/BLUE PLAN MARGAT JEAN
Member invited and excused ITALY BATTINI GIUSEPPE
Invited and excused TURKEY OZGULER HAMZA
Invited and excused LEBANON CATAFAGO SELIM
Invited and excused MED-TAC SOULIE MICHEL
Invited and excused IME BEN BLIDIA MOHAMMED

 

APPENDIX 2 : Addresses of the participants

Names and addresses of the participants ICG Meeting
June 5 to 10, 2000

NAME

TITLE

ORGANISM

ADDRESS

PHONE

FAX

e-mail

GAYTANDJIEV Dimiter

Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Head of Division.

National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology

66 Tsarigradsko Shousse Blvd

1784 SOFIA

BULGARIA

359 2 975 39 86/91

359 2 884 491

dimiter.gaytandjiev@meteo.bg

NIANIOS Athanasios

Head of Hydro-meteorology

National and Meteorological  Service

Hellenic National Meteorological Service

14 El. Venizelou Street

GR 17777 Helliniko Athens

GREECE

30 01 9699035

30 01 9625479

30 01 962 89 52

hydro@hnms.gr

IACOVIDES Iacovos

Head Division of Hydrology

Water Development department

Vathis 10 Strovolos 2060

1413 NICOSIA

CYPRUS

357 2 30 30 54

357 2 42 99 88

357 2 30 45 39

hydrologi@cytanet.com.cy

FUGACIU Liliana Cecilia

Head of the "Hydro-meteorological Database Design and Management Laboratory

National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology

Sos Bucuresti - Ploiesti 97

71552 BUCAREST

ROMANIA

(40 1) 231 21 39

(40 1) 230 77 62

liliana@meteo.inmh.ro

LUCASCHI Bogdan

Head of Meteorological and Hydrological Instrument Laboratory

National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology

Sos Bucuresti - Ploiesti 97

71552 BUCAREST

ROMANIA

(40 1) 230 31 16

(40 1) 230 31 43

(40 1) 230 31 43

lucaschi@meteo.inmh.ro

RODRIGUEZ FONTAL  Alberto

Chief of Hydraulic Resources Service

Hydraulic Resources Services

Ministerio de Obras Publicas, Transportes y Medio Ambiente

Plaza san juan de la cruz

28071 MADRID.    SPAIN

349 1 597 67 67

349 1 597 59 09

arfontal@sgph.mma.es

BOUZAIANE Slaheddine

Head of Hydrological data bank and year book service

Direction Générale des Ressources en Eau

43, rue de la Manoubia

1008 Montfleury TUNIS

TUNISIA

216 1 560 000

391 851

216 1 391 549

s.bouzaiane@netcourrier.com

BENSALAH Yousra

Hydrologist

Direction Générale des Ressources en Eau

43, rue de la Manoubia

1008 Montfleury TUNIS

TUNISIA

216 1 560 000

391 851

216 1 391 549

y_bensalah@yahoo.com

NASRALLAH Salem

Hydrologist

Direction Générale des Ressources en Eau

43, rue de la Manoubia

1008 Montfleury TUNIS

TUNISIA

216 1 560 000

          391 851

216 1 391 549

MANGION John

Manager research and development

Water Services Corporation

Qormi Road

LUQA LQ05

MALTA

356 23 45 15

356 25 999 232

jmangion@wsc.com.mt

MIKLAVCIC Joze

Expert collaborator for informatics in Hydrology Department

Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning Hydro-meteorological Institute of Slovenia

vojkova, 1/b

1000 LJUBLJANA

SLOVENIA

386 1 436 27 84

386 1 436 17 13

joze.miklavcic@rzs-hm.si

CERNAC Bojan

Senior adviser

Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning Hydro-meteorological Institute of Slovenia

vojkova, 1/b

1000 LJUBLJANA

SLOVENIA

386 1 436 27 84

386 1 436 17 13

bojan.cernac@rzs-hm.si

RADIC Zoran

Head of the Hydrological department

Federal Hydrometeorological Institute of Yugoslavia

Bircaninova 6 PO Box 604

11001 Belgrade

381 11 318 560

381 11 646 369

radicz@eunet.yu

SMALCELJ Ivan

Leader of the electronic laboratory

DHMZ Republic of Croatia

Gric 3

10 000 Zagreb

385 1 4565601

385 1 4851901

ZUPAN Milan

Head of the Hydrological Department

DHMZ Republic of Croatia

Gric 3

10 000 Zagreb

385 1 4851521

385 1 4851520

zupan@cirus.dhz.hr

MILEVSKI Josif

Hydrologist

Republic Hydrometeorological Institute Republic of Macedonia

Skupi BB Skopje

389 91397112

MANCHEVSKI Lefko

Director

Republic Hydrometeorological Institute Republic of Macedonia

Skupi BB Skopje

389 91 397 105

389 91 397 118

leman@meteo.gov.mk

KUPUSOVIC Esena

Head Department of Hydrology

Federal Meteorological Institute

Bardakcije 12

Sarajevo

Bosnia-Herzegovina

387 71 276 710

387 71 276 701

esenakupusovic@usa.net

BENABDELFADEL Abdelhamid

Hydrologist

Direction Générale de l’Hydraulique

Rue hassan Ben Chekroun

Agdal Rabat

Morocco

212 777 90 27

212 777 87 27

212 77 786 99

benabdelfadel@mtpnet.gov.ma

BOUGUERRA Khier

Directeur du Départment des Eaux Superficielles

ANRH

Clairbois Avenue Mohamedi Bir Mourad Raïs Alger

Algeria

213 2 54 27 32

213 2542542/43

ZAYED Omar

Head of the Hydrology Section - West Bank

Palestinian Water Authority

PO Box 3681

Ramallah West Bank

972 2 400 821/2

972 2 400 820

Ozayed@pwa-pna.org

EIDEH Omar

Head of Water Resources and Planning Department

Palestinian Water Authority

PO Box 3681

Ramallah West Bank

972 2 400 821/2

972 2 400 820

Oawwad@pwa-pna.org

Najomar@planet.edu

QUNQAR Edward

Director of Water Resources and Planning Directorate

Ministry of Water and Irrigation

Development and Information Directorate

PO Box 2412 Amman

Jordan

962 6 56 80 100

962 6 5680075

edward_qunqar@mwi.gov.jo

MARGAT Jean

Hydrologist Expert

Vice Président de l'Institut Méditerranéen de l'Eau

BLUE PLAN

15 rue L. Van Beethoven Sophia Antipolis 06560 Valbonne

France

33 2 38 643272

33 2 38 643578

jeanmargat@wanadoo.fr

CLAUDET Roland

Chef de l'Unité d'Hydrologie

Service de l'eau et des milieux aquatiques

Direction Régionale de l'Environnement Languedoc-Roussillon

DIREN

Languedoc-Roussillon

Ministère de l’Environnement

420, allée Henri II de Montmorency

34965  MONTPELLIER Cedex 2

FRANCE

33 4 67 154138

33 4 67 154115

r.claudet@languedoc-roussillon.environnement.gouv.fr

ODIER Michel

Adjoint au chef du bureau de la connaissance des milieux aquatiques

Ministère de l’Environnement Direction de l’Eau

20, avenue de Ségur

75302 PARIS 07 SP. FRANCE

(33) 1 42 19 13 11

33 1 42 19 13 33

michel.odier@environnement.gouv.fr

GIROD Michel

International & Regional Relationship Institute

D irector

European Commission Joint Research Centre

Environment Institute

21020  ISPRA

ITALY

39 0 332 786131

39 0332 785837

michel.girod@jrc.it

BOURAOUI Faycal

Hydrologist

European Commission joint Research Centre

Environment Institute

Via E. FERMI

21020 ISPRA

ITALY

39 0332 785173

39 0332 789 328

faycal.bouraoui@jrc.it

BASSIER John

Chief, Hydrology Division

Hydrology and Water Resources Department, WMO

WMO

7, bis avenue de la Paix

case postale n°2300

CH-1211 GENEVE 2

41 22 730 83 54

41 22 730 80 43

bassier-j@gateway.wmo.ch

ABRATE Tommaso

Scientific Officer, Hydrology and Water Resources Department

WMO

7, bis avenue de la Paix

case postale n°2300

CH-1211 GENEVE 2

Switzerland

41 22 730 83 38

41 22 730 80 43

abrate_t@gateway.wmo.ch

BOYER Jean-François

Computer Scientist

FRIEND-AMHY

Database manager

FRIEND-AMHY

IRD

Maison de l’Eau

911 avenue Agropolis

34032 MONTPELLIER Cedex 01

FRANCE

33 4 67149040

33 4 67144989

boyer@mpl.ird.fr

HOEPFFNER Michel

Hydrologist

MEDIAS FRANCE

CNES BP121020

18 avenue E. Belin

31401 TOULOUSE

FRANCE

33 5 61 27 42 15

33 5 61 28 29 05

michel.hoepffner@medias.cnes.fr

MORELL Marc

PRC co-ordinator

MED-HYCOS PRC

c/o IRD

911 Avenue Agropolis

BP 5045

34032 MONTPELLIER CEDEX 1

FRANCE

33( 0 )4 67636428

33 ( 0 )467412133

marc.morell@mpl.ird.fr

SUAVIN Marc

Cartographer

MED-HYCOS PRC

c/o IRD

911 Avenue Agropolis

BP 5045

34032 MONTPELLIER CEDEX 1

FRANCE

33 ( 0 ) 4 67636420

33 ( 0 ) 4 67412133

marc.suavin@mpl.ird.fr

LEKIC Dejan

Scientific adviser

MED-HYCOS PRC

c/o IRD

911 Avenue Agropolis

BP 5045

34032 MONTPELLIER CEDEX 1

FRANCE

33 ( 0 ) 467636420

33 617 603 348

33 ( 0 ) 467412133

dejan.lekic@mpl.ird.fr

ARTINIAN Eram

Engineer

MED-HYCOS PRC

c/o

IRD

911 Avenue Agropolis

BP 5045

34032 MONTPELLIER CEDEX 1

FRANCE

33 ( 0 ) 4676364 20

33 ( 0 ) 4 67412133

eram.artinian@mpl.ird.fr

STOYANOVA Minka

Web master and web administrator

MED-HYCOS PRC

c/o

IRD

911 Avenue Agropolis

BP 5045

34032 MONTPELLIER CEDEX 1

FRANCE

33 ( 0 ) 4 67636420

33 ( 0 ) 4 67412133

minka.stoyanova@mpl.ird.fr

PELCZER Ildiko

Programmer

MED-HYCOS PRC

c/o IRD

911 Avenue Agropolis - BP 5045

34032 MONTPELLIER CEDEX 1

FRANCE

33 ( 0 ) 4 67636420

33 ( 0 ) 4 67412133

ildiko.pelczer@mpl.ird.fr

SELENICA Agim

Deputy Director of the Institute of Hydrometeorology of Albania

MED-HYCOS PRC

c/o > IRD

911 Avenue Agropolis

BP 5045

34032 MONTPELLIER CEDEX 1

FRANCE

33 ( 0 ) 4 67636420

33 ( 0 ) 4 67412133

agim.selenica@mpl.ird.fr

PERRAUD Manuelle

CRP administrator

MED-HYCOS CRP

c/o IRD

911 Avenue Agropolis

BP 5045

34032 MONTPELLIER CEDEX 1

FRANCE

33 ( 0 ) 4 67636420

33 ( 0 ) 4 67412133

manuelle.perraud@mpl.ird.fr

APPENDIX 3 : Agenda

Place :

Hotel DIPLOMAT, 44 avenue Hédi Chaker 1002 Tunis Belvédère, Tunisie

Tel : 216 1 785 233 / Fax : 216 1 781 694

Official language : English

June 3 and 4   participants’ arrival

June 5

  • 9 h
Registration of participants
  • 11 h
Official Opening of the meeting by Mr Ameur HORCHANI Secrétaire d'Etat auprès du Ministère de l’Agriculture chargé des Ressources Hydrauliques et de la Pêche
  • 14 h
Adoption of the Agenda
Election of the chairpersons of the sessions
Overall presentation of the status of the implementation of the project and of the
objectives of the meeting, by the PRC co-ordinator
  • 15 h
Objective 1: PCD Network
Presentation by the co-ordinator
  • 17 h
Discussion with representatives of the Mediterranean Water
Institute and MEDTAC of Global Water Partnership
  • 18 h
Closure

June 6

  • 9 h
Objective 1: PCD Network
Report of the representatives of the receiving countries attending the meeting
(status of the installation, problems encountered, solutions, support required)
  • 11 h

Discussions and Proposals

  • 14 h
Objective 1: PCD Network (Synthesis)
  • 15 h

Objective 2: Med-Hycos Information System
Presentation by the co-ordinator

  • 16 h
Discussion
  • 18 h
Closure

June 7

  • 9 h
Objective 2: Med-Hycos Information System
Proposals for further evolution and discussions
  • 11 h

Objective 2: Med-Hycos Information System (Synthesis)

  • 14 h
Objective 3: Support to National Hydrological Services
Presentation by the co-ordinator
  • 15 h

Proposals for further evolution and discussions

  • 16 h
Objective 3: Support to NHS (Synthesis)
  • 18 h
Closure

June 8

  • 9 h
Objective 4: Co-operation infrastructure
Presentation by the co-ordinator with representatives of users
  • 14 h

Objective 4: Co-operation infrastructure

    • Discussion
    • Brainstorming on the future perspectives of the projec
  • 17 h

Objective 4:  (Synthesis)

  • 16 h
Closure
  • 19 h 30
Cocktail offered by the MED-HYCOS programme

June 9

  • 9 h
Drafting of the final document
  • 11 h

Presentation of the meeting report
Approval of the report

  • 13 h

Closure of the meeting

June 10

  • Field excursion
    • Recharge artificielle de la nappe de Grombalia-Béni Khalled
    • Les grottes romaines d'El Haouria
    • Le site archéologique de Kerkouane

APPENDIX 4 :  Terms of reference of working group on DCP Network

The terms of reference of the working group on DCP network are :

- Carry out a survey of the problems and dysfonctionning encountered in installation and running of DCPs and collect the solutions so far found and proven effective, by means of a questionnaire (deadline 15 July 2000).

- Prepare the content of a Web page to be part of MED-HYCOS site presenting the most common problems and their solutions (deadline 31 August 2000).

- Establish a list of expert who can be call upon to carry out assistance missions (deadline 31 August 2000).

- Prepare guidelines on trouble shooting and good installation and running practices (with the assistance from WMO on installation standards) (deadline 30 September 2000).

- Identify the training needs in the various countries and make proposals to address them, within the availability of project funds (deadline 30 September 2000).

- Co-ordinate the provision of assistance to countries demanding it.

- Establish permanent links with the countries on DCPs matters and produce regular information to the program partners.

 - Establish links with manufacturers of DCP with a view to keeping abreast the project partners on the technological improvement and prepare reviewed technical specifications for future procurement of equipment.


APPENDIX 5 : Template for NHS METAdata collection

Information about stations

Station ID

Station name

Basin

River

Latitude

Longitude

Altitude

Basin

area (km²)

Type of the

station

Equipment

Personel

Owner of data

                       
                       
                       

Information on data series

Station ID Number

Station name

Variable

Aggregation*

Start date of the series

Last date of the series

% of gaps

             
             

*  H: hourly
   D: daily
   W: weekly
   M: monthly
   Y: yearly

APPENDIX 6 : Statement of accounts of the project

Statement of accounts of the project - Budget managed by PRC (IRD) in US$

Period 1995 - 2000

Year

PRC

DCP Network

MHIS

Support

Co-operation

Total

1996

18 000

49 000

2 400

1 000

70 400

1997

18 000

41 000

22 000

10 100

49 000

140 100

1998

18 000

1 200

0

0

24 400

43 600

1999

18 000

11 000

92 800

33 800

21 600

177 200

2000

18 000

20 000

82 000

20 000

40 000

180 000

Total

90 000

122 200

199 200

63 900

136 000

611 300

Statement of accounts - WMO 31/12/1999

budget

interests

total

total expenditures

funds available

Unallocated

0

95 499

95 499

0

95499

Experts

29 000

3 000

32 000

0

32000

Missions

36 500

3 000

39 500

7 579

31921

Other travel costs

20 724

59 273

79 997

75 401

4596

Subcontract

425 807

11 817

437 624

520 110

-82486

Training

41 000

0

41 000

0

41000

Miscellaneous

6 569

0

6 569

1 274

5295

Contingencies

18 400

0

18 400

3 506

14894

Sub-total A

578 000

172 589

750 589

607 870

142719

Equipment

1 020 000

0

1 020 000

839 448

180552

Miscellaneous

0

0

0

1 968

-1968

Support costs 10%

102 000

0

102 000

84 140

17860

Sub-total B

1 122 000

0

1 122 000

925 556

196444

TOTAL (A+B)

1 700 000

172 589

1 872 589

1 533 426

339163

APPENDIX 7 : List of three scenarios for MED-HYCOS Phase II

The scenario 1 consists in :

(i) keeping the network of Data collecting platforms (DCPN) at its present level of installation (35 DCP at the beginning of 2000)
(ii) improving the MED-HYCOS Information System (MHIS) with the real time data supplied by the DCP's, near real time data coming from other sites and historical validated data,
(iii) organising training courses notably on data acquisition and processing,
(iv) implementing new tools to enhance the hydrological information,
(v) updating the Web site and in publishing periodically a CD-ROM including a copy of the Web Site and MHIS, and
(vi) driving a co-operation network between the National Hydrological Services favouring exchange of data and information

The scenario 2 includes all activities of scenario 1 plus the expansion of the DCP Network by installing every year 20 new DCP, a part of them being equipped with water quality and/or meteorology sensors.

The scenario 3 includes all activities of scenario 2 plus the collection and the dissemination of additional data and information on water uses in the Mediterranean (Geographical Information System merging data on water resources and water uses).

The annual estimated budget of MED-HYCOS Project is based on different possible evolutions of scenarios of its current activities taking into account potential demands from end-users (research programs, management planning, decisions makers, etc.) concerning the monitoring of water resources in the Mediterranean.

Annual estimated Budget - in Euro

 

Scenario 1

Scenario 2
(first year3)

Scenario 3
(first year3)

Pilot Regional Centre

Staff, Office[1]

Equipment

(100 000)

20 000

(100 000)

25 000

(100 000)

30 000

Stays of NHS staff [2]

110 000

154 000

176 000

running cost

60 000

80 000

100 000

DCP

Purchase / Installation

Maintenance[3]

0

70 000

300 000

110 0003

300 000

110 0003

MHIS

Development

Data collecting and analysis[4]

Equipment[5]

75 000

75 000

25 000

100 000

100 000

50 000

125 000

150 000

100 000

Training courses

100 000

125 000

150 000

overheads 7 %

37 450

73 080

86 870

Supervision WMO

80 000

80 000

80 000

Total

652 450

1 197 0803

1 407 8703

1. [1] contribution of IRD
2. [2] 22 000 E sponsorship per expert hosted in the Pilot Regional Centre
3. [3] 2000 E per DCP, 35 DCP operating at the beginning, maintenance increasing 40 000 E per year
4. [4] annual contribution to the NHSs of the participating countries for data collection, processing and dissemination costs
5. [5] annual contribution to the NHSs of the participating countries for supply of electronic data processing equipment

APPENDIX 8 : List of the immediate targets

Action

By

Deadline proposed

Objective 1 : DCPs Network

   
1-1

A contact person for DCP Network to be appointed in each country

countries

July 2000

1-2

Set up the activities conducted by the working group (DCP WG) on DCP network

Countries / PRC

July 2000

1-3

Make contact with ELTA to solve problems of DCPs

PRC

July 2000

1-4

Give the priority to install Lebanon, Morocco and Palestinian Authority DCP

PRC / countries concerned

July 2000

1-5

Purchase one set of water quality. and one of meteorological sensors

WMO

July 2000

1-6

Assist Morocco in extending to MED-HYCOS DCPs the maintenance agreement

PRC

August 2000

1-7

Provide PRC with the cost of DCPs installation and maintenance

Countries

August 2000

1-8

Propose a complementary training course in the domain of electronic used by DCPs

PRC / DCP WG

September 2000

1-9

Include maintenance contract for any future DCP and appoint a company local representative

PRC / countries

No date

Objective 2 : MH Information System

   
2-1

A contact person for MH Information System to be appointed in each country

countries

July 2000

2-2

Circulate to countries for validation the cartographic base generated by PRC

PRC

July2000

2-3

Provide PRC with information on NHS organization and activities for the regular updating of MED-HYCOS Information System

countries

July 2000

2-4

Provide PRC with metadata on hydrological inventories (hydrological stations network and data)

countries

July 2000

2-5

Supply RDB with near real time data and complete hydrological series

countries

July 2000

2-6

Identify applications of MED-HYCOS data and provide PRC with their results on regular basis

countries

September 2000

2-7

Organise a training course on MH tools for country applications (National maps and databases)

PRC

October 2000

Objective 3 : Improvement of NHS

   
3-1

A computer with additional equipment and software  will be made available to Morocco and Palestinian Authority

PRC

July 2000

3-2

Look into the possibility of providing commercial software updates to countries

PRC

August 2000

3-3

Prepare a project proposal to address needs of BiH NHS

BiH and WMO

August 2000

3-4

Prepare lists of experts in MED-HYCOS activities domains (format supplied by PRC)

PRC / countries

September 2000

3-5

Make proposals for organising training session in the field of hydrometry and for producing training material

countries

September 2000

3-6

Training courses in PRC (new technologies)

PRC / Algeria, Morocco, Romania, Tunisia

October-November 2000

Objective 4

   
4-1

Prepare and regularly issue a newsletter in electronic format on a 3 monthly basis

PRC

First issue : July

4-2

Develop new products(*) to enrich the Web site

Countries / PRC

July 2000

4-3

Develop a proposal for phase 2 according to scenario 2 and ICG recommendations

PRC / WMO
Bulgaria, Palestinian Authority, Tunisia, Yugoslavia

July 2000

4-4

CD-ROM version 3 bundle

PRC

December 2000

(*) Products to be developed such as :
- Water resources assessment for specific basins ;
- Assessment of water resources variability in particular areas ;
- Case studies on water management practices ;
- Extreme conditions such as floods and droughts ;
- Training material on hydrometrical activities ;
- Manuals on data processing techniques ;
- Studies on water quality assessment ;
- Bibliography of publications on water resource assessment and management.

APPENDIX 9 : List of the Acronyms

CIES-TM / ELTA : Company in Toulouse making DCP PM 46 and PM 36
DCP: Data Collecting Platform
DIREN : Direction Régionale de l'Environnement
EC : European Commission
ESIMEAU : Application of the information technology in water resources modelling and management in semi-arid areas
EU : European Union
FRIEND-AMHY : Flow Regimes from International and Experimental Network Data Alpine and Mediterranean Region
GTS : Global Transmission System
GWP : Global Water Partnership
ICG : Initial Co-ordinating Group
IME :  Water Mediterranean Institute (Marseille - France))
IRD : Research Institute for Development
JRC (Ispra) : Joint Research Centre
MED-HYCOS: Mediterranean Hydrological Cycle Observing System
MEDIAS-France:

Regional research network on global environmental change in the Mediterranean Basin and Subtropical Africa

MED-TAC : Mediterranean Technical Advisory Committee
MHIS : MED-HYCOS Information System
NHS : National Hydrological Service
NRT : Near Real Time
PRC : Pilot Regional Centre
RME : Water Mediterranean Network (Valencia - Spain)
RDB : Regional Data Base
WHYCOS : World Hydrological Cycle Observing System
WMO  World Meteorological Organization
WWW World Weather Watch