FloCAST translates rainfall and temperature forecasts to discharge forecasts, using freely available hydrological models customized for the selected river basins, generate water level forecasts, which are further corrected using real-time observations from telemetered stations and finally generate and disseminate advisories. The system produces reliable sub-basin scale precipitation and hydrological forecasts.
FloCAST is developed using open source tools to avoid recurring cost, with a computationally simple, fast and easy to operate system which can be seamlessly integrated in a DSS. Additionally, RIMES is proactive in building confidence among operational staff by conducting training at various stages of development and integration of FloCAST.
FloCAST components and functionality
- Meteorological forecast processor extracts sub-basin scale WRF data, and produces bias-corrected forecast inputs for the hydrological model
- Hydrological processor produces discharge and water level forecasts for three days at all selected forecasting locations
- Discharge and water level updating system based on recent observations
- Verification system compares past 15 days forecast against observations
FloCAST has been developed for Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Philippines and India.
Reservoir Management System
- Provides a mechanism to issue timely flood warning and arrange institutional coordination
- Improved reservoir operation and management plans, which incorporate and synchronize the role of large, medium and small water storages, to mitigate the impact of floods
- Enhance the capacity to operate reservoirs and manage river basins from a flood management objective