Developing capacity in hydrometeorology

Location: Moldova
Client: World Bank
Partner: National Institute of Hydrology and Water Management (Romania), National Meteorology Administration (Romania), Liliana Mara, Independent (Romania)

Challenge

Moldova frequently experiences severe weather events such as storms, floods, extreme temperatures and droughts. Due to this increasing risk, the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery have been helping Moldova strengthen its climate resilience, including modernising the State Hydrometeorological Service (SHS).

We were appointed with our sub-consultancy team to deliver a project over 18-months with the aim of strengthening the capacity of the SHS to help it meet user demand for weather, climate and hydrological information services. This project is part of the wider World Bank Technical assistance Project, Reinforcing Weather and Climate Services.

Solution

We assembled a team combining international experts from the UK and Romania. With knowledge of the weather, climate and geography of Moldova, including numerical weather prediction (NWP) models of Moldova that are operated in Romania, the team’s in-depth experience covered:

  • Capacity building of hydromet services
  • Improving institutional management
  • Hydrological and meteorological forecasting
  • Verification, ISO standards, auditing and training.

New verification systems for the meteorology and hydrology directorates within SHS were developed, becoming operational in early 2019 and allowing SHS to significantly improve the quality of their forecast services. Our team developed new quality management procedures that follow ISO Standards and have helped the SHS deliver an internal audit for its quality procedures.

We provided support in the use of radar data, developing a costing methodology for this. Integration of the radar data into a composite with Romanian radar data is being carried out to allow improved coverage of radar data in the region, benefiting both Moldova and Romania.

Lastly, through collaborative working and experience from other hydromet services around the world, we have developed guidance on how SHS can engage more closely with users of its services and better address the needs of these users, including developing new products.

Benefit

Following this project, SHS has an improved level of service delivery. It has improved tools for measuring the accuracy and quality of its forecasts, better quality management, better engagement with its users and improved use of its weather radar.

The benefits can be measured through the WMO Service Delivery Strategy. In each of the five hydromet services elements, SHS can demonstrate an improvement in service delivery on the undeveloped to advanced scale following the interventions from this project.

Ultimately, this results in benefits to the public and industries of Moldova. People can access better weather and hydrological forecast information and services that can help save lives, reduce negative impacts of severe or adverse weather and allow users to make decisions with weather forecast and climate information.

The World Bank has detailed some of the benefits in this blog.

Want to know more?

Email Murray Dale for more information about this project.  You can also find out more on our International Development webpage.



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