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Training course on drought risk assessment

6-8 November 2018, OMSZ (Hungarian Meteorological Service), Budapest (Hungary)

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Training course on drought risk assessment

6–8 November, 2018
OMSZ (Hungarian Meteorological Service)
Budapest (Hungary)
Kitaibel P. Street 1. H-1024


Hungarian Meteorological Service (OMSZ) and Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Center (DRMKC) of the European Commission




Background and main objectives

Climate change is continuing globally and in Europe and droughts are increasing in frequency and intensity in many regions. In Europe, the strongest increase in drought frequency and/or severity is projected for southern Europe, where competition between different water users, such as agriculture, industry, tourism and households, is likely to increase.

The main goal training is aiming to support member states to enhance the preparedness for droughts through improving the knowledge on drought risk in the region. National efforts have been done until now on drought risk assessment. The approaches and the applied methods for evaluation of the drought risk are, however, different country by country. The planned training would let the participants exchange experiences on best practices and get information on recent developments.


  • Disaster risk modelling and mapping for public decision making
  • Drought monitoring: analysis and mapping of drought indicators,
    drought indices and Earth Observation products
  • Methodology of drought risk assessment in the agriculture
  • Drought Risk assessment in Hydrology
  • Drought impact data availability and use for estimation of drought risk
  • Possibility of using the result of the drought risk assessment for
    developing of drought early warning system
  • National capabilities and practices in drought risk assessment



Draft 18th October 2018

Training course on drought risk assessment.
6-8 November 2018, OMSZ (Hungarian Meteorological Service), Budapest (Hungary)

  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Session Registration, Opening, Introductory Risk assessment Impacts on diff. economic sectors (cont.)

Registration: 9.00-9.30

HMS president
representative of WMO
Integrated Drought Management Programme
Robert Stefanski

Drought management in the UNCCD agenda:
Péter Molnár
General Directorate of Water Management, UNCCD Hungarian Contact
Drought impact data availability and use for estimation of drought risk:
Anne Gobin
Risk management and estimation of drought impact in the Hungarian Agriculture:
Gábor Kemény, András Molnár
Research Institute of Agricultural Economics (AKI, Hungary)
  Drought Risk assessment in Hydrology:
Veit Blauhut
University of Freiburg
How to manage drought: case of the Flemish “Drought Commission”:
Joris Bouve
Crisismanager CCVO
  10.30-11.00 Coffee break 10.30-11.00 Coffee break 10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.30 Global past trends and future projections of drought in Europe:
Gustavo Naumann
New EO - capabilities supporting drought risk assessment:
Espen Volden
Health impacts of climate change with special regards to droughts:
Anna Páldy
National Institute of Environmental Health Hungary
  Drought risk and their implementation in the GDO:
Gustavo Naumann
Mirek Trnka
Review per participating countries, practice

Sweden's droughts 2016-2018 - actions taken and lessons learned:
Bettina Matti (SMHI),
Ellen Walger (SGU)

Drought monitoring system in Croatia:
Ksenija Cindric (DHMZ)

Drought monitoring and assesment in Czech Republic:
František Pešek
  12.30-13.30 Lunch 12.30-13.30 Lunch 12.30-13.30 Lunch
Session Drought monitoring, mapping, forecast Impacts on diff. economic sectors Review per participating countries, practice
13.30-15.00 Drought monitoring and forecasting
Selvaraju Ramasamy
DriDanube (overview): 
Gregor Gregorič
Practice: Methodology of Risk assessment in DriDanube project
Tamás Szentimrey
  Satellite-based Soil Moisture Data within the Copernicus Global Land Service:
Bernhard Bauer-Marschallinger
Methodology of Risk assessment in DriDanube project:
Tamás Szentimrey
Drought in Flanders:
Manu Steens

Droughts in Republic of Srpska:
Igor Kovacic

Drought-smart approach in
Slovenian agriculture:
Gregor Gregorič
  15.00-15.30 Coffee break 15.00-15.30 Coffee break 15.00-15.30 Coffee break
15.30-16.15 Seasonal forecasting in agriculture: challenges and opportunities:
Andrej Ceglar
Analysis of rainless periods within the DriDanube project,
Rainfalls and temperatures in Serbia 1961-2010
Bojan Srdjevic
Drought Monitoring in Hungary:
Andrea Kircsi

Closing Ceremony
19.00   Social Dinner: cruising on the Danube  


No registration fee. The number of participants is limited. The target groups are the representatives of the organizations being involved in the preparation of NRAs (National Risk Assessment)
Please send your registration by filling this form before 30 September. 


The training course will be held 6-8 November 2018 in Budapest, Hungary 
at the Headquarter of the Hungarian Meteorological Service:

Address: 1024 Budapest, Kitaibel Pál utca 1.

Hungarian Meteorological Service location


How to get from the airport to the city center

Budapest airport (Liszt Ferenc Airport) has two terminals (Terminal 2A and 2B), located quite close. Terminal 2A is Schengen-Airport, therefore you will most probably arrive there.

  • AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICES called miniBUD is a 0-24h service which costs to the hotels near the Hungarian Meteorological Service about 4400 HUF (15 EUR)/person. This service is available within ½ hour of the arrival of the flight (until all passengers travelling to the same district are picked up). You can buy your ticket at the airport, or order online. More information:
  • DIRECT BUS LINE NO. 100E: FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE CITY CENTER / DEÁK FERENC SQUARE The service connects the Airport and the City Centre. Buses – low-floor, air-conditioned vehicles – run every 20 minutes between 3.40 am – 1.20 am. The journey takes 30 – 40 minutes between Ferenc Liszt Airport 2A Terminal and Deák Ferenc tér metro hub (in district V). The bus service can be used with a special ticket that is valid only for this line. It costs 900 HUF (2,7 EUR).
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT is quite complicated. One ticket costs around 350 HUF (1.1 EUR). In general, whenever you change from one vehicle to an other, you should validate a new ticket. (You can change lines within the metro network (metro lines) with the same special ticket. You can buy cheaper tickets in coupon book or a card for couple of days.) Altogether, it would cost you 3 tickets (1050 HUF, 3.3 EUR) to get to your hotel. First you should take bus No 200E from the airport, to the direction "Kőbánya-Kispest". From there take the underground line M3 (this is its terminal). Metro is under reconstruction, at the weekends replacement buses might occur.



The nearest hotels to the venue:

Hotel Papillon

Hotel Budapest

Hotel Belvedere

Hotel Mercure

Regnum Residence

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