26 January 2015
Integrated System of Forecasting Flood of European Level in Ukraine
In Ukraine, the creation of an Integrated Nationwide Forecasting System for Flood on the Prut and Siret Rivers has been started. Considering that these rivers are transboundary ones, the consequences of their spill, except for Ukraine, are manifested in the territories of neighboring states—Moldova and Romania. Due to the combined efforts of these countries and the financial support of the European Union, Ukraine is implementing a comprehensive flood monitoring system to minimize annual human losses and property damage from floods in the basins of these rivers. Kyiv, January 23, 2015 In the summer of 2014, the Bancomzvjazok Company won the international tender for the creation of a geoinformation system and the modeling of possible risks and dangers maps, funded by the European Union within the framework of the East Avert Romanian-Moldovan-Ukrainian Project. The customer of the works was one of the partners of the East Avert Project—the Dniester-Prut Basin Water Resource Board (State Agency of Water Resources of Ukraine). Work on the project has begun in August 2014. In order to create this unique integrated system, the leading Ukrainian experts in the field of geoinformation systems and hydrological modeling have been involved, and advanced technologies have been used. As part of a large-scale international project, the following works are performed:
- building a network of automatic gauging stations;
- creation of a detailed digital map of the area with the use of aerophotography;
- modeling maps of possible risks and hazards in the Prut and Siret river basins;
- creation of a geoinformation system (GIS) for the collection, storage, analysis, and graphical visualization of data on territorial facilities.
- Obtaining accurate and timely information about water levels from automatic gauging stations to assess the current state of the hydrological situation and forecasting.
- Identification of high-risk flood areas to optimize the cost of precautions.
- Establishment of a system for informing decision-makers and the public about the level of danger and hazardous areas that may arise during flood situations.