CREST Hydrological Modeling Science Meeting

Supported by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, United States Agency for International Development and National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education program, OU HyDROS Lab member Zac Flamig (SoM/ ARRC Ph.D. student) was invited to build flood prediction capacity for Namibia and Rwanda governmental agencies for two weeks in February 2013. During the first week, Flamig visited Namibia to discuss with Guido Van Langenhove, director of the Namibia Department of Hydrology, about requirements for establishing a hydrologic model for prediction of flooding on the OKavango River. The desire is to set up the OU Coupled Routing and Excess Storage hydrologic model using satellite precipitation estimates over the watershed in order to provide predictions of future flooding events. The predictions of future flooding events will then be disseminated from the national level down to the regional level using the Cloud-based Namibia Flood Dashboard SensorWeb. After Namibia, Flamig hosted a weeklong CREST hydrologic model training workshop in Kigali, Rwanda for the Integrated Water Resources Department. The workshop covered how the hydrologic model works, how to use the model, how to set up the model for local regions, how to visualize the output and how to integrate the output into an operational environment. The workshop was given to 20 people, a combination of hydrologists and meteorologists working for the Rwandan government.