From November 30th to December 2nd. Johannes Hunink and Sergio Contreras attended the IMPREX kickoff meeting held in the headquarters of the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) in Utrecht (The Netherlands). IMPREX (IMproving PRedictions and management of hydrological EXtremes) is a research and innovation action funded by the H2020 European Programme which aims to improve the tools of weather and climate forecasting, and provide climate services and products for a better management of extreme weather events (droughts, floods, heat waves, etc.).
Additionally to be involved in other working packages, FutureWater coordinates the “Drought and Agriculture” one. During his presentation, Johannes Hunink outlined the objectives to be accounted for the first year of the project, introduced the GEISEQ-Infosequía toolbox developed by FutureWater, and made a brief description of the Segura River Basin which is one of pilot watersheds selected in Europe for including weather forecasts and climate predictions in a decision support system able to reduce drought-driven agricultural risks and production losses.