Marco Borga: Flash floods predictions, subject to models’ limitations
Flash floods are very localised weather events. They are mostly triggered by heavy rainfall. Typically, over a period of less than 12 hours. They occur very infrequently at any one place. But when they do, it is often with a heavy loss of life and substantial damage. Marco Borga, a hydrology researcher at the University of Padua in Italy, was the coordinator of the HYDRATE research project. Funded by the EU, this project’s aim was to improving the forecasting of flash floods. Borgia tells youris.com what motivated researchers from several European countries, the United States, Canada, and South Africa to join forces around flash floods preparedness.