Hydrometeorology is a branch of meteorology and hydrology that studies the transfer of water and energy between the land surface and the lower atmosphere. UNESCO has several programmes and activities in place that deal with the study of natural hazards of hydrometeorological origin and the mitigation of their effects. Among these hazards are the results of natural processes or phenomena of atmospheric, hydrological or oceanographic nature such as floods, tropical cyclones, drought and desertification. Many countries have established an operational hydrometeorological capability to assist with forecasting, warning and informing the public of these developing hazards.
Operational Hydrometeorology in Practice
Countries with a current operational hydrometeorology service include, among others:
- England and Wales (Flood Forecasting Centre)
- The United States of America
- "Hydro-meteorological hazards | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization". Unesco.org. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
- "Flood Forecasting Centre". Ffc-environment-agency.metoffice.gov.uk. 2011-09-22. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
- "Information nationale". Vigicrues. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
- "Hydro-Meteorology". Imd.gov.in. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
- "Flood Forecasting Service". Sepa.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
- "Republic Hydrometeorological service of Serbia Kneza Višeslava 66 Beograd". Hidmet.gov.rs. 2014-05-18. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
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