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IUKWC Workshop Nov16: Developing Hydro-climatic Services for Water Security – Session 1 – Item 3 - SC_Kar

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IUKWC Workshop November 2016: Developing Hydro-climatic Services for Water Security
Session 1.3 Sarat C Kar

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IUKWC Workshop Nov16: Developing Hydro-climatic Services for Water Security – Session 1 – Item 3 - SC_Kar

  1. 1. Hydrological Information System for Flood Warning (A New Initiative of MoES ) Sarat C. Kar (Email: sckar@ncmrwf.gov.in) National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF), Noida, India Indo-UK Workshop on Developing Hydro-Climate Services for Water Security: 29 November 2016 -1 December 2016, IITM, Pune
  2. 2. Recent extreme events have exposed the vulnerability of our society to cope with such situations. Weather forecasts of such events- Flood causing potential of the forecasted rainfall.
  3. 3. River Basins in India Flood Prone Regions in India
  4. 4.  Due to global warming, it is believed that there is an intensification of global water cycle.  However, this intensification is not clearly evident in regional context (south Asia and adjoining Himalayas).  Surface hydrology and ground water exhibit significant interannual variability over this region due to interannual variations in the summer monsoon precipitatn.  The western and central Himalayas receive large amount of snow during winter seasons during the passage of western disturbances.
  5. 5. • The work of flood forecasting and warning in India is entrusted with the Central Water Commission (CWC) of Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR). • The activity of flood forecasting by CWC comprises of level forecasting and inflow forecasting. • Level forecasting is done using regression models developed using observed level at point A with that of level at point B on the river. The skill is reasonably good during normal flow period. • The Hydromet Division of IMD at New Delhi provides meteorological support for flood warning and flood control operations to CWC through its Flood Meteorological Offices. Flood Forecasting in India
  6. 6. Climatology of Snow in Dec, Jan, Feb and Mar Snow Accumulation and melt Variability over Himalayas a c e b d f Spatial pattern of snowmelt (monthly) over the Himalayas Sarita Tiwari et al (2015) PAAG
  7. 7. Annual Cycle of Snowfall and rainfall based on station data in Satluj basin
  8. 8. Sarita Tiwari et al (2016) GSL, under review
  9. 9. (a) (b) Simulated Discharge using various types of Input datasets Satluj basin Sarita Tiwari et al (2016) HSJ, under review
  10. 10. Climatology and Interannual Variability of Rainfall in Narmada basin Observed Runoff (daily-10 years mean) at 3 stations on Narmada Rajat Sharma et al (2015) IJEE
  11. 11. 2014 20112009 2005 Terrestrial Water Storage from GRACE Satellites
  12. 12. For proper estimation Evaporation, consistent forcing to hydrology model (especially precipitation, Soil moisture) etc) and proper modeling approach is required. Need of a high resolution Indian Land data Assimilation System along with additional land observations Evaporation from GLDAS Trend in Annual Mean Evap in GLDAS Large uncertainties
  13. 13. CWC Gauge Location Rainfall-Runoff Simulations of extreme monsoon rain events in Subarnmarekha River basin Aradhana et al (2016) NatHaz (under review)
  14. 14. Extreme Precipitation & Flooding in Kashmir September 2014 Jammu & Kashmir experienced one of the worst floods in the past 60 years due to unprecedented and intense rains. The Jhelum River and its tributaries were in spate and caused extensive flooding in the region. 24 hrly 3B42 Rain
  15. 15. Global Model Forecasts from 03 Sept and 04 Sept 2014
  16. 16. Winds at 600hPa & Precip from WRF model simulations (Microphysics Expt) Sarat Kar and Sarita Tiwari (2016) NatHaz
  17. 17. River Gauge Height and Discharge in Mahanadi and Brahmani Rivers from 2001
  18. 18. IMD 0.25degree Obs Rain From 06Sep to 10Sep 2011 IITM ERPS at 1degree 11 members T382GFS 11 members T382 CFS 11 members T126 GFS 11 members T126 CFS
  19. 19. MoES (through IMD) provides forecasts at various space and time scales, many instances of extreme rainfall having potential of causing floods and flooding events are missed. Mainly due to model limitation of capturing actual magnitude, spatial and temporal distribution of rainfall As different scales are involved, does a rainfall forecast at a model grid point tell if it has potential to cause flood?
  20. 20. Development of Meteorological Support for Floods and Water Cycle Studies in India Proposal submitted to Ministry of Earth Sciences 3-year Action Plan (FY 2017-2020) 7-year Strategy by IMD, New Delhi NCMRWF, Noida IITM, Pune
  21. 21. • While the MoES through IMD provides weather forecasts at various space/time scales and CWC issues warnings/advisories on floods, many instances of extreme rainfall having potential of causing floods and flooding events are missed causing loss to economy and life. • This is mainly due to the model limitation of capturing the actual magnitude of rainfall, its spatial and temporal distribution. • Moreover, the meteorological forecasts are not readily usable by various stake holders such as CWC. Therefore, there is an urgent need to improve and customize meteorological forecasts specifically for floods. • The real time flood forecasting is one of the most effective non- structural measures for flood management. • For developing an efficient system for improving meteorological supports for flood forecasting in India, a coordinated action plan with Ministry of Earth Sciences (IMD, IITM, NCMRWF), and various stake holders is required.
  22. 22. Brainstorming Meetings  MoES : 7-8 March 2014 in association with the office of the Cabinet Secretary. The meeting noted that at present, there is no operational integrated forecasting and warning system for floods over India.  The brainstorm meeting recommended to develop a state-of-the-art forecasting system for warning of floods for different river basins and that MoES may take up this initiative first as a research problem.  MoES: November 26 2014 meeting on flood warning systems. Dr Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to PM chaired the meeting. Several strategies to develop a flood warning system in collaboration with academics and operational groups were discussed.  NCAOR, Goa: April 13-14, 2016 In additions to topics on polar science, scientists deliberated on strategies for further studies on water cycle and flood forecasting, Modelling of flood especially for glacial lake outburst floods (GLOF) in Himalayas, floods in mountainous terrain and urban floods.  IITM Pune: September 15 2015 recommended that much of the R&D work may be carried out by research and academic organizations who have pats experience of hydrological/flood modeling.
  23. 23. Problems to be addressed- Gap Areas • Many instances of extreme rainfall having potential of causing floods and flooding events are missed causing loss to economy and life. • it is not known now if a rainfall forecast at a model grid point has potential to cause flood. There are no customized skillful (medium-range, extended-range) forecasts for floods at the moment. • • Therefore, there is an urgent need to improve and customize meteorological forecasts specifically for floods. • Global water cycle is changing due to human interventions. It is not known how in the regional context (the Indian context) this change is occurring. • There has been a shift in our water usage (from more surface water use to more ground water use in recent years). It is not known how this change can be sustained in view of climate change and change in water cycle. Therefore, the main problems to be addressed through this project are  to develop a meteorological support system for flood warning and forecasting and  monitoring and understanding 3-dimensional features of water cycle and its change over India.
  24. 24. Jhelum River Basin Satluj River Basin Koshi River Basin Brahmani River Basin Tungabhadra in Krishna River Basin Narmada River Basin Chambal River Basin
  25. 25. Objectives •Integration of a suite of diagnostic and prediction models over all spatial and temporal scales for flood warning and forecasting system (IMD, NCMRWF, IITM) •Develop and operationalize hydro-meteorological information system including all available archived (past) and real-time hydro-meteorological data. (IMD, NCMRWF) •Preparation and verification of probabilistic QPF from ensemble/post processed rainfall forecasts inmeso- scale, medium and extended-range for all the major river Basins in India (IITM, NCMRWF and IMD) •Statistical downscaling of Model forecasted QPF to river sub basin scale and post processing of model rainfall forecast for improved prediction of QPF at river sub basin scale. (NCMRWF, IITM and IMD) •Preparation of streamflow forecasts at gauge stations using hydrology models and validate streamflow models for major river basins. (NCMRWF, IITM and IMD) •Implementation of flood models. Testing of flood analysis and forecasting (warning) modeling system using bias corrected model forecasted QPF. Validate flood forecasting support system for all the major rivers of India. (IITM, NCMRWF and IMD)
  26. 26. Objectives •Monitor and analyze the 3-d structure of water cycle and document the change in water cycle in the region at river basin scale. Document salient features of hydrological processes at river basin scale (NCMRWF). •Development of a regional land data assimilation system (NCMRWF, IMD) •Application of spaced based gravity observations for terrestrial water storage change (to monitor ground water) and to develop application systems for flood early warning (NCMRWF) •Initiate work on modeling of GLOF (NCMRWF) •Operationalize the flood warning system in IMD (IMD, NCMRWF, IITM) •Real-time test runs of flood warning modeling system and Implement the flood warning system in IMD along with a web-based dissemination system. (NCMRWF and IMD) Development of flood forecasting models, decision support systems and changing water cycle (Academic and Research organizations through extra-mural funding)
  27. 27. • Different strategies are required for forecasting and warning of floods. • Extreme rainfall events occurring for a short period need a different strategy, • floods caused by large scale heavy rainfall persisting for more than 2 days over a region need a separate strategy. • Temporal and spatial scale of extreme precipitation is much smaller, its predictability also becomes low and the forecast skill rapidly decreases with time. • Therefore, extreme rainfall events cannot be predicted precisely many days in advance. • However, these events can be predicted at least 24-48 hours in advance. • Based upon a large-scale weather forecast model output, general areas where the important small scale systems are likely to form can often be predicted in advance. • However, predicting the location, timing, and severity depends upon continual monitoring using dense observations.
  28. 28. • For optimal decision-making, users need to consider the range of likely outcomes using probabilistic forecasts. • Probabilistic forecasts are generated to account uncertainties involved in predicting quantum of rainfall. • From the probabilistic forecasts, an ensemble of scenarios for flooding can be generated with the uncertainty limits. • Prediction of extreme weather events needs to be a multi-tiered process (first an advisory followed by a watch and then an outlook) that reflects growing uncertainty as forecast lead-time increases. • Large scale floods are caused due to significant synoptic forcing (weather systems) which has predictability for more than 3 days. • Therefore, it is relatively easier for forecasting and warning of such events.
  29. 29.  The flood forecasting system will use a high resolution numerical weather prediction model with the state-of-the-art data assimilation to predict quantum of rainfall (QPF) over the river basins.  Rainfall forecasts from IITM/IMD medium-range/meso-scale models and IITM extended range system along with that of NCMRWF models shall be input to hydrology models.  The structure of hydrology and flood models should be simple and it should not have excessive input requirements, but at the same time the forecasted flood must be as accurate as possible.  For calibrating as well as for initializing these models, we need many observations of hydro-meteorological parameters like temperature, rainfall, river run-off, evaporation, and several soil parameters as well as information on inundation area of past floods.  The present observational network over these basins is not sufficient to cater to this need. Therefore, it is proposed to augment the present hydro-meteorological observing systems over the river basins by installing many new observational platforms.
  30. 30. • As a first step, raw model forecasts (each ensemble member as well as ensemble mean) shall be utilized to generate an ensemble of stream flow forecasts. • These forecasts shall be further subjected to statistical downscaling to basin scale using stochastic weather generators, Bayesian hierarchical modeling of extremes. • QPFs from multiple models (GFS, CFS, UKMO, WRF etc) shall be combined using suitable and advanced statistical methods. • The work shall be carried out in collaboration with various Indian groups (at IITs, IISc, Universities, CWC, MoWR, Reservoir/dam authorities etc). • The project envisages international collaboration with expert agencies and academicians outside India. Some of the leading organizations are USGS, ERDC, Columbia University and University of Colorado, USA, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in IK. • Will link up with S2S project and World Flood Awareness program led by WMO and ECMWF etc
  31. 31. River Area AWS/ARG Agro-AWS Snow gauge Soil Moisture X-band Radar CZO Koshi 74,500 km2 120 7 7 1 1 Narmada 98,796 km2 158 10 10 1 Jhelum 47,528 km2 76 5 8 5 1 Satluj 66,317 km² 106 7 12 7 1 Chambal 31,460 km² 50 3 3 1 Brahmani 39,033 km² 62 4 4 Tungbhadra 71,417 km2 114 7 7 Augmentation of Observing Network:
  32. 32. Proposal for a Joint MoES-MoWR Centre for River Forecasting (JCRF) • The JCRF shall have an apex body with Secretary MoES, Secretary, MoWR, Director General, IMD and Chairman, CWC, member from NDMA, Irrigation/disaster management Secretary from the concerned state as members • to formulate strategy and review the activities of the Joint Centre. • The Apex body shall also have some international and national experts to provide scientific input/ advice to the Apex body. • Proposal for such a Centre shall be submitted separately. • During the Action Plan period (2017-2020), several meetings and workshops shall be organized to fine tune the proposal for its effective implementation.
  33. 33. The primary tasks of the JCRF shall be: (i) Daily forecasts for flood and water management (ii) Seasonal river water availability forecasts for water management (iii) Flash flood warning support (iv) Sediment transport (v) Sustenance of River Ecosystem (may be later stage) • The JCRF shall integrate short/medium/extended-range and seasonal Forecasts from IMD/NCMRWF/IITM into hydrological and flood modeling systems. • Weather and hydrology forecasts will be integrated into daily operations. • JCRF forecasts shall develop/use various hydrology models including snow models and rainfall-runoff models
  34. 34. Summary • Improved prediction of Floods is important for economy of the country. • Weather and climate forecasts have to be suitably integrated with hydrology and flood models. • Real-time monitoring of 3-d aspects of water cycle can be done with additional observations and a regional land data assimilation system • An effective partnership with all stakeholders (MoES- IMD, IITM, NCMRWF with MoWR- CWC and academic and research organization in India and abroad) is needed. • The current proposal to MoES on “Meteorological Support for Floods” aims to bridge the gap between stakeholders and to develop and integrated flood warning system.
  35. 35. Thank You

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