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NCF: Building technology in urban flood & inundation forecasting to be applied for an operational early warning system in the Ha Noi City [NDF C3 C12]

13.01.2016
The project has improved resilience of the Vietnamese society to the adverse effects of increasing flood and inundation disasters in urban areas.

Vietnam
Building technology in urban flood & inundation forecasting to be applied for operational early warning system in the Ha Noi City, Vietnam
Ref: NDF C3 C12

Nordic Partner: DHI Water and Environment (Denmark)
Local Partner: The National Hydro-Meteorological Service of Vietnam (NHMS)
Other Partners: None
Total Project Cost: EUR 608,233
NCF Financing: EUR 324,950
Agreement Signed: 27 December 2011
Project Classification: Adaptation/ Urban Adaptation
Duration: 48 months (Completed)

Project Objective

Reduce the consequences and improve resilience of the Vietnamese society to the adverse effects of increasing flood and inundation disasters in urban areas.

Description

The project has built, tested and implemented an urban flood forecasting and climate-based flooding adaptation system for a selected zone of Hanoi City. An innovative technology has been introduced to the flood forecasting sector in Vietnam. The technology will facilitate better planning for infrastructure development and better preparedness for flood disaster prevention in the coming years. A selected area of Hanoi City has proven the technology, which then can be scaled-up and replicated to other cities nationwide. Project activities have included technology transfer, training, flood risk mapping, implementation of an early warning system and dissemination of project results.

Relevance for Climate Change

National and international research on climate change impacts indicates that Vietnam may be subjected to significant hydrological changes, becoming drier in dry seasons and wetter in wet season. Rainfall intensity and frequency distributions are predicted to be significantly impacted with more hazardous weather conditions. Flood and drought cycles are predicted to be highly affected, with increased risk of flooding in the Mekong Delta and Red River delta where Ha Noi City is situated. The technology delivered by the project facilitates better planning for infrastructure development and better preparedness for flood disaster prevention in coming years.

Innovation and Knowledge Transfer

Few cities in the world have the combination of high susceptibility to climate change flooding impacts combined with rapid development like the major centres of Vietnam. Flood warning by the integration of hydro‐meteorological information with advanced models is an emerging technical field, but the combination of the willingness of the NHMS and the Vietnamese Government to embrace the opportunity, and the applicability of the technology represent an opportunity to create a truly innovative outcome.

The project has been specifically designed to focus on pilot areas in Hanoi. As such, it is a demonstration project, with a strong dissemination component, aiming at scaling-up to include entire Hanoi and replicated in other major cities in Vietnam. Dissemination activities in Ho Chi Minh City and in Da Nang were included

 

More information

DHI - Water and Environment
The National Hydro-Meteorological Service of Vietnam (NHMS)