Hydrologic Research Center (US)

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Hydrologic Research Center
Abbreviation HRC
Formation 1993 (1993)
Type Public benefit
Legal status Non profit
Purpose Development of effective and sustainable solutions to global water issues

Hydrologic Research Center (HRC), founded in 1993, is a public-benefit non-profit research, technology transfer, and science cooperation and education organization, dedicated to the development of effective and sustainable solutions to global water issues.[1][2][3] HRC’s purpose is to provide a conduit for academic and other up-to-date research to be made suitable for effective application to field operational problems that involve water management and flood disaster mitigation.[4][5][6] The vision of HRC is to assist in limiting societal vulnerability and preserving resiliency in basic human needs, livelihoods, agriculture, water resources, healthy ecosystems, and natural resources. Around the world flash flooding and flooding are the most common natural disasters and the leading cause of natural disaster fatalities worldwide – 40% of all natural disasters.[7][8][9]

HRC partners with local governments in 50 countries (2.2 billion people) and other trusted nongovernmental organizations to promote sustainable programs that include education in flash floods, management of water resources, and the development of Flash Flood Guidance Systems to provide vital early warning of flash floods.[6][10][11][12][13]

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  1. ^ Stewart, B. (2007) Implementation of a flash flood guidance system with global coverage, A joint proposal by WMO Commission for Hydrology and WMO Commission for Basic Systems, April 2007, [online]. http://www.hrc-lab.org/giving/givingpdfs/WMOProspectus_April-2007.pdf.
  2. ^ World Meteorological Organization, WMO Congress Paves the Way for Global Approach to Address Flash Floods (May, 2007)Press Release No. 785 (http://www.hrc-lab.org/lib/index_news.php)
  3. ^ Business Wire, San Diego Non-Profit HRC Helps California Adapt to Climate Change (January, 2008)(http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20080107006749/en/San-Diego-Non-Profit-HRC-Helps-California-Adapt#.Us3F6rSOe9I)
  4. ^ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2010) Flash Flood Early Warning System Reference Guide. University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Denver. http://www.meted.ucar.edu/hazwarnsys/haz_fflood.php.
  5. ^ World Meteorological Organization, Pakistan strengthens flood forecasting services to ensure that warnings arrive ahead of the waters (2011)Press Release No. 924 (http://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/press_releases/pr_924_en.html)
  6. ^ a b IPCC, 2012: Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. A Special Report of Working Groups I and II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Field, C.B., V. Barros, T.F. Stocker, D. Qin, D.J. Dokken, K.L. Ebi, M.D. Mastrandrea, K.J. Mach, G.-K. Plattner, S.K. Allen, M. Tignor, and P.M. Midgley (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, and New York, NY, USA, 582 pp.
  7. ^ Jonkman, S.N. and Kelman, I.(2005) An analysis of the causes and circumstances of flood disaster deaths. Disasters. 29(1):75-97.
  8. ^ Noji E. (2000) Public Health Issues in Disasters. Critical Care Medicine. 2000; 33(1):S29-S33.
  9. ^ Jonkman, SN. (2005) Global perspectives on loss of human life caused by floods. Natural Hazards. 2005; 34(2): 151-175.
  10. ^ World Meteorological Organization, Global approach to address flash floods, in MeteoWorld (June 2007).( http://www.hrc-lab.org/publicbenefit/downloads/wmo-flashflood.pdf).
  11. ^ Business Recorder, US provided Flash Flood Guidance System to Pakistan (2011) (http://www.brecorder.com/general-news/single/599/0:/1224356:us-provided-flash-flood-guidance-system-to-pakistan/?date=2011-08-20)
  12. ^ USAID/OFDA Natural and Technological Risks: Hydrometeorological Hazards Update (October 2013) (http://reliefweb.int/report/world/usaidofda-natural-and-technological-risks-hydrometeorological-hazards-update-october)
  13. ^ World Meteorological Organization, Global Flash Flood Guidance and Early Warning Programme Partnership (2013) (www.wmo.int/pages/.../GFFG_Partners_Brochure_29-01-13_RG_1.pdf?)

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