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The project will be implemented in six (6) work packages. Scheduled project launch date is March 2008, expected completion date is December 2011.

We expect the following results from the different work packages:


1. Project management (2008/03 - 2011/12)

  • The project management will be responsible for developing the project structure, for setting up the project steering committee, project coordination and risk management;

  • Implements monitoring: the continuously updated work-plan, results, detailed schedule and budget;

  • Secures the necessary organisational conditions: e.g. drafts the cooperation agreement, the rules on operational procedures, project steering committee, auxiliary agreements;

  • Defines the reporting obligations: accounting, progress reports, fundamentals of final report, and is also responsible for communications with the program office;

  • Keeps track of project progression through regular meetings and documentation of such meetings.


2. Data collection, verification and conversion (2008/08 - 2011/05)

  • Data collection from the entire river Raab basin and all tributaries (precipitation, temperature, flow, rainfall forecasts from the Austrian Central Meteorological and Geodynamics Institute, GIS data, discharge tests, to build / create a database).

  • Following data verification all data will be transferred to the development team. They will perform the credibility tests and convert data into the model format.


3. Calibration of the hydrologic and hydrodynamic model (2008/09 - 2011/05)

  • Calibration of the hydrological model for the defined observation period, including the snow model;

  • This is followed by the validation of the hydrological model (accounting for the observation time that is not included in the defined time period).

  • This is followed by harmonisation, accuracy tests and the approval by the department;

  • The next step involves the calibration of the hydrodynamic model (model of flood passage) for the defined observation period;

  • Reference to floodplains;

  • This is followed by the validation of the hydrodynamic model (accounting for the observation time that is not included in the defined time period).

  • This is followed by verification of harmonisation and accuracy, and the approval by the department.


Milestone I.: the model is operational and approved (2011/05)


4. Elaboration, integration and testing of local and central model (including the entire river basin) (2009/04 - 2011/12)

The two stages of model development:

a) Local models:

  • Based on the regional requirements and the definition of the scenario (joint workshop/ meeting) we will secure the conditions, followed by the elaboration of models.

  • After successful test runs, the systems will be installed at the project partners in situ.

b) Central model:

  • The system will be developed after definition of requirements.

  • After successful test runs, the systems will be installed at Department 19A of the Federal State Government of Styria.


Milestone II.: installation at project partners is completed (2011/03)


  • The trial operation of all systems is completed;

  • This milestone will end when all the results are presented and the floodplains are delineated;

  • The final reports will also include the presentation of results important for the users (e.g. zoning, townships etc.);

  • Contains measures for continuation, including transfers for risk management.


Milestone III.: the results are available (2011/11)


5. Meetings to discuss issues that reach across borders, including training and practicum (2008/09 - 2011/11)

Cross border meetings will continue throughout the entire project.

  • Exchange of experience in connection with data collection, documentation;

  • Procurement of education or training materials/curriculum to assist in the jointly defined training and enrolment;

  • Documentation and presentation of coordination in connection with the mapping of floodplains;

  • Procurement of user manuals, enrolment in training programs;

  • Documentation of the entire system;

  • Intensive exchange of experience.


6. Awareness programmes, PR activities, dissemination of results (2008/06- 2011/12)

  • The strategy and implementation of the documentation will be elaborated pursuant to the communication plan;

  • Develop corporate image (logo, layout, newsletter, etc.) for the project;

  • We will have stamps printed;

  • Prepare articles and posters, publication in journals;

  • Prepare information materials and (bilingual) prospectus (for specific target groups);

  • We will continuously update the project website (with public and password protected content);

  • We plan to publish joint (scientific and popular science) documents in both languages;

  • We will have two additional informational events at the project launch meeting to generate public interest and at the closing meeting (in each country and jointly);

  • We plan to organise a joint event as the main program, to create awareness for the local population.