The project is associated with the EU-initiative GMES - Global Monitoring of Environment and Security.

The purpose of this project is to test whether or not hydrological models can be improved by using new remotely sensed input data for geographical variables such as land-use, leaf-area index, phenology etc. The latest remotely sensed products from the European Space Agency, via the GEOLAND2 project, will be tested.

The E-HYPE model was set up at FoUH during 2008 and will be used as the base model against which the effects of new input data sets will be tested. As a consequence, this pan-European application of the HYPE model will be further developed and improved.

The model has been set up using freely available global databases for inputs such as precipitation, temperature, topography, land-use and soil-types. Some of these databases will be exchanged for new remotely sensed datasets and their effects on modelled variables such as runoff and nutrient loads will be tested, both on a pan-European scale, but also on the river basin scale (Sventoji River, Lithuania; Motala River, Sweden; and the Moselle-Sarre River, Germany/France).

Period: 2009-2012

Financing: FP7 Space

Responsible: Chantal Donnelly

Partner(s): Project co-ordinator is Infoterra Germany, Work Package co-ordinator is Metria, Sweden. SMHI is active in the Work Package – Core Information Services, Water.