May 22, 2022

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Success in blocking and warning

Today is celebrated on March 23rd World Weather DayThis is the goal in this 2022 edition Pre-warning and early action.

How do you explain that World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Serious events related to weather, climate and water They are becoming more frequent and intense in many parts of the world due to climate change.

“Society is emerging more than ever Many interconnected hazardsIt develops as a result Population growth, urbanization and environmental degradation”, The WMO promises in its official statement On the eve of World Weather Day.

Predictions that warn citizens of what it will look like Weather They are important for saving lives and livelihoods. However, one-third of the world’s population still does not have adequate security Early warning systems.

Also, because the WMO explains that regular forecasts of what the weather will be like are no longer enough Climate reality has made extreme events more intense and commonIt also takes place in areas that are increasingly populated, populated or built Vulnerability Is increasing, which is a geographer George OlcinaRegular contributor to our daily, He explains to us in his passage River area.

“Extreme weather, climate and water related events are becoming more and more frequent”

This is very important Coordination between National Meteorological and Hydrological ServicesDisaster management officers and development agencies protect the WMO to improve prevention, preparedness and response.

In this sense, the international community warns: “COVID-19 has exacerbated the challenges facing the community and Has weakened coping mechanisms. Epidemic also shows that in our interconnected world, we have to accept Multiple risk and cross-border approach To make progress in achieving the global objectives of sustainable development ”.

Sudden downpours can lead to many problems caused by floods.

The purpose of World Weather Day

Every March 23rd, World Meteorological Day, 1950 is celebrated to commemorate the establishment of the World Meteorological Organization.

The commemoration highlights the important contribution that the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) make to the safety and well-being of the community, and is celebrated around the world through various activities.

Highlights issues related to selected themes to celebrate World Weather Day Weather, climate or waterState Meteorological Agency (AEMET) explained.

Solutions to Uncertain Climate

Being prepared and able to act at the right time and in the right place We need to save many lives and protect livelihoods Considers communities around the world, the World Meteorological Organization.

Therefore, World Weather Day highlights its fundamental importance Water and Climate Information Reduce the risk of disaster.

Solutions based on the recommendations of the WMO Urban Green Infrastructure And in progress Population warning systems To avoid the risk of floods and other damages related to extreme weather.

These efforts are driven Urban water cycle companiesA field with a focus on climate change concerns is the use of innovation and technology in significant and advanced ways.

What now Consistency has become a part of public discourse And with so many areas of activity focused on, it’s worth remembering Improved leadership in the circle economy and sustainable development The urban water cycle is in our country, which is one of the most advanced in the world in water resources management. As part of that approach, these are some of the cases in our country.

Smart river beds

The Vega Baja Del Segura, in the province of Alicante, was completely confronted Major storms hit the peninsula Iberia in recent years.

The Dana September 2019 is the blow of the exceptional virus. In those days, the area was affected by something The most intense chapters of rain in its entire history This, in turn, broke the records of water that accumulated in a single day and caused great damage due to flooding.

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Aerial image of the city of Dolores (Alicante) submerged in the floodwaters of Sekura in 2019. | Photo: EFE / Manuel Lorenzo

“WMO says one in three people in the world is not covered by weather forecasting systems”

For this reason, and focus Prevent future water disastersAlicante Provincial Council and the Aguas de Barcelona Group signed an agreement at the time to engage in the service of the municipalities of Vega Baja. A digital tool To increase the forecast capacity of the region in the face of these events.

A pioneering tool called Smart River Basins (Smart River Basins), to help municipalities manage intensive water episodes.

It’s a Early warning system Available to 27 municipalities, including real data, predictions, algorithms, and numerical models. All of these allow and make monthly, fortnightly, weekly, daily and hourly forecasts and are used to deliver. Emergency notifications two hours in advance with 87% reliabilityFacing serious events is an essential time.

Forecast in Patalona

In Batalona, ​​a Mediterranean city More than 200,000 peopleIs carried out The LIFE Baetulo project is funded by the European Union.

LIFE BAETULO is a Pioneer project Where a new technology is used for the first time in a city, An integrated (and multiple hazard) early warning system With the aim of minimizing exposure and exposure to climate-related risks to citizens and urban property.

Is the function Provide advance information and warnings that allow preventive and operational action to be taken To reduce the direct and indirect impacts and impacts caused by climate change.

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Bond del Petroleum. Badalona

Contribute to increase LIFE BAETULO In line with climate change in urban areas By providing an innovative tool that is adaptable and usable to any city or region facing climate threats.

The aim is to anticipate the adverse effects of climate change, including forecasting and warning of all climate hazards affecting urban areas. So about this Reduces exposure and impact on citizens, urban property and the surrounding environment To the effects of climate change.

At the same time, this project will raise awareness and Improving skills in citizens, administrations, politicians and organizations In the context of climate change.

Aquatech integrations This project is in progress It is attended by the City Council of Barcelona, ​​the Barcelona Metropolitan Area and the Aguas de Barcelona.

Vega remakes

Back in the lavender lands of the Sekura River, an ambitious project is being implemented based on various companies and public-private partnerships.

The Vega Baja del Sekura Rehabilitation Project, Vega remakesAims to improve a flexible environment that is favorable Economic and social regeneration Vega Baja, one when promoting Regional development, Absolutely respectful with the environment EnvironmentGet ready for future episodes of storms and implement the great structure of the Vega Baja region with the rest of the Valencian community.

The project is based on four basic pillars: Integration, consensus, evidence and regression. Pillars that acted as the backbone of the need to join the efforts of various actors, both public and private, to achieve key common goals.

Several drivers with vehicles, boats and jet skis stranded at the exit of the AB-7 tunnel near Pilar de la Horatada |  Photo: EFE / MORELL
Several drivers with vehicles, boats and jet skis stranded at the exit of the AB-7 tunnel near Pilar de la Horatada | Photo: EFE / MORELL

The Vega Baja Renhase Project, which will be developed by DANA in September 2019 in response to damage in Vega Baja, Includes 28 key interventions It covers five main steps.

Converting this area to a is one of the main objectives “Reference Center for Research and Promotion for Sustainability, Efforts to focus on water and water resources. In this sense, Generallitt operates in conjunction with five public universities and the private sector Creating a consortium for the European Water CenterWhose startup will allow the development of applications New technologies In preventing drought and flooding.

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