About project


The Interreg-IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Hungary-Serbia is implemented within the 2014-2020 European Union financial framework, under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA). On the basis of “shared management system" of the participating countries - Hungary and Serbia, the Programme funds and supports cooperation projects of organizations located in the Programme-eligible area – Hungarian counties Csongrád and Bács-Kiskun, and Serbian territories: West Bačka, North Bačka, South Bačka, North Banat, Central Banat, South Banat and Srem district.

The Programme helps the development of a stable and cooperating region and the overall quality of life in the border region. It enables economic collaboration of organizations from the two countries, nurtures the common identity, and cultural and historical heritage of the border region, and contributes to its environmental sustainability and safety. For more information, please visit: www.interreg-ipa-husrb.com.


Background Of Extreme Precipitations and Pluvial Floods in Urban Areas

Urban areas are characterized by higher precipitation amounts and intensity (when compared to a rural area) as a consequence of convection processes generated by higher temperatures in cities (i.e. urban heat island effect) and due to an increased amount of microscopic condensation nuclei due to human activities.

Due to the large extent of artificial material and lack of vegetation, atmospheric water is redirected into sewage and storm drain systems. High intensity precipitation can cause flooding when the city sewage system and draining canals do not have the necessary capacity to drain away the amounts of rain that are falling. Water may even enter the sewage system in one place and then get deposited somewhere else in the city on the streets.

Extreme precipitation and urban floods are a great disturbance of daily life in the city. Roads can be blocked and people can’t go to work or to schools. The economic damages are high but the number of casualties is usually very limited, because of the nature of the flood.

Several important projects in the world addressed this issue such as EU RainGain in Rotterdam, Paris, London and Leuven, EU FLIRE in Athens or RAMSES in several European Cities. Furthermore, in a few Universities this issue is a focus of research, such as Newcastle University. The URBAN-PREX project is a new step in researching the urban pluvial floods in European cities.

Project Summary

Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of precipitation and pluvial flood occurrences in urban areas of Central Europe. Thus, the proposed project presents an outstanding opportunity to develop and implement an innovative monitoring, forecasting and online public early warning system for extreme precipitation and pluvial floods in urban areas of the Hungarian-Serbian Cross-border region.

Through the project, two dense monitoring precipitation networks will be installed in the most-populous cities of the Programme area: Novi Sad (Serbia) and Szeged (Hungary). Continuous data recording, transmission and processing, as well as real time display of the processed data in a spatial (i.e. map) form will be useful for citizens (i.e. individual adaptation) and public institutions (e.g. traffic and water management, city government) of the Cross-border region.

Real-time precipitation forecasting model for the whole Programme area supplemented with the forecast of pluvial flood occurrences in Novi Sad and Szeged will be developed through the project based on the measured data from the networks and the remotely sensed data. Measured data will be used to fine-tune the remotely sensed data thus enabling the development of more precise forecast model for the Programme area.

Measured and forecasted data will be freely available for everyone in real-time on the project website, project social pages and mobile android application giving an early warning to the citizens and public authorities in order to protect them and prepare their effective response to these extreme weather and water situations.

Project’s Main Objective

Project main objective is development of monitoring, forecasting and public early warning system for extreme precipitations and pluvial floods in urban areas of the Hungarian-Serbian Cross-border region. Measured and forecasted data will be freely available for inhabitants and authorities.

Problem To Be Addressed

Climatological and hydrological extreme-event phenomena causing excess of water in the urban areas are increasing in frequency and intensity due to the effects of climate change. Extreme precipitation and pluvial floods in urban areas are natural hazards that appeared more often in the last two decades.

The URBAN-PREX project aims the problems related to these hazards in urban areas of the Hungarian-Serbian Cross-border region with synchronized data management and methods on both sides of the border by fundamental and applied research.

Regional, economy and town planning will be supported by locating vulnerable areas in Novi Sad and Szeged and creation of joint management strategies to mitigate the vulnerability of municipal stakeholders from extreme precipitation and pluvial flood hazards.

The diverse measures, planned for activating society are to increase awareness of extreme precipitation and urban flooding hazards in cross-border region and to involve local and affected stakeholders into strategy building. The joint monitoring system, adopted strategies and network information system will enforce integrated cross-border monitoring and management of extreme precipitation and urban flooding hazard risks.

Target Groups

The direct target groups of the project are the inhabitants of urban areas of the Hungarian-Serbian cross-border region (900.000 people).

They will have information about the current and future precipitation and pluvial flooding conditions in their immediate and wider (urban) environment with the help of the continuous, real-time web display of measured and forecasted data. This can facilitate the response and adaptation on individual level to the current circumstances and to their expected negative or positive changes over time.

The indirect target groups are local communities, organizations and public authorities (Local Government, City Administration for Environmental Protection, City Water Supply and Sewerage, Public City Transport Enterprise, Disaster Management Agencies, Public Health Institutions) that have to take action (public information, alerting, water management, traffic management) in an occurred loading situation.

Expected Results

The main, tangible outputs of the project are developed and operating urban precipitation monitoring networks with data recording and collection infrastructure. Furthermore, multi-day precipitation forecast for urban areas of the Hungarian-Serbian Cross-border region as well as pluvial flood forecast system for Novi Sad and Szeged would be developed on the basis of the information obtained from monitoring networks and remotely sensed data.

Free, public online early warning system containing measured and forecasted data will be developed through the project and available for public and local authorities. Through the project activities will be organized conferences, seminars and workshops ensuring advisory meetings and publicity.

A sociological research related with publicity, activities and usefulness of the project will be performed by the means of a representative sample of 1000 people and the results will be published in a research report.

Final publication containing results of the project activities and guidelines for mitigation and adaptation measures will be presented.

Direct result is efficient communication for general public, local governments and service providers. As long-term effects of the project results are effective urban planning strategies and improvement of the quality of life of urban population.

Project Members and Its Activities

project leader University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sciences (UNSPMF)
Contact person dr Stevan Savić, project manager
Website www.pmf.uns.ac.rs and www.clihyd.com
Activities Management of project implementation and communication with partners and JS. Writing of expert study and development of precipitation monitoring network in Novi Sad. Quality check of network and data processing system. Definition of urban pluvial threshold for Novi Sad. Visualization of forecast results and development of online interface and project mobile application. Preparation of project materials, final publication, conferences and workshops and promotion activities.
member University of Szeged, Department of Climatology and Landscape Ecology (SZTE)
Contact person dr Tamás Gál, researcher
Website www.u-szeged.hu and www2.sci.u-szeged.hu/eghajlattan/
Activities Determination of representative sites for the precipitation stations and development of the monitoring network in Szeged. Development of the precipitation and pluvial floods forecast and early warning systems. Collection and management of measured and forecasted data. Visualization of temporal and spatial patterns of data. Organization of conferences and workshops. Working on water treatment strategy for Szeged and project final publication.
member University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences (UNSFTN)
Contact person dr Ivana Bajšanski, project manager
Website www.ftn.uns.ac.rs and www.arhns.uns.ac.rs/cdd
Activities Creation of expert study related with the determination of influence of urban structure on extreme precipitation and pluvial flood occurrences. Definition of urban pluvial flood thresholds for different city urban areas. Management of measured precipitation data. Preparation of project materials and publications. Organization of seminar and workshop. Activities related with media and promotion the project.
member Municipality of Szeged (MOS)
Contact person Bianka Hévizi
Website www.szegedvaros.hu
Activities Definition of urban pluvial thresholds in different city districts in Szeged in cooperation with other partners. Providing sensor sites, electricity and Internet connection for sensors. Providing a site for testing green infrastructure water management solutions in order to decrease urban flooding events. Promotion activities of the project by organizing workshops. Working on project final publication.
member Municipality of Novi Sad, PUC Water and Sewage Utility Novi Sad (VIKNS)
Contact person Sanda Nastić
Website www.vikns.rs
Activities Work on expert study and determination of urban flood threshold in different districts of Novi Sad in cooperation with other partners. Activities related with the determination of station sites and providing necessary electricity for sensors functioning. Organization of workshops and media activities. Working on data management and project final publication.

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Upcoming event: Closing conference of URBAN-PREX project

Friday 25th October 2019 at 9 AM.

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Early warning system is based on maximum amount of precipitation per defined period, which city sewage can contain.
Each WSN sensor area data per defined period is compared with such threshold. If half of the threshold is reached MEDIUM level is raised. If threshold is reached HIGH level is raised.
Pace represents number of times when precipitation intensity is increased per monitoring period.

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id local time_HU precpt. amount. since last measuremnt.HU air temp./inside case_HU prectp. intensity / hum.HU
101 (Futog Veternik) 23-10-19/08:58:01:Europe/Belgrade 0 mm 10.69 C 0 mm/min
102 (Bistrica) 23-10-19/09:02:02:Europe/Belgrade 0 mm 11.5 C 0 mm/min
103 (Telep) 23-10-19/08:59:31:Europe/Belgrade 0 mm 14.12 C 0 mm/min
104 (Adamovićevo naselje) 23-10-19/09:06:01:Europe/Belgrade 0 mm 12.69 C 0 mm/min
105 (Adamovićevo naselje) 23-10-19/09:11:01:Europe/Belgrade 0 mm 19.19 C 0 mm/min
106 (Sajmište) 23-10-19/09:16:25:Europe/Belgrade 0 mm 13.12 C 0 mm/min
107 (Grbavica) 23-10-19/09:18:02:Europe/Belgrade 0 mm 15.31 C 0 mm/min
108 (Sajmište) 23-10-19/08:34:02:Europe/Belgrade 0 mm 25.19 C 0 mm/min
109 (Klisa) 23-10-19/09:24:02:Europe/Belgrade 0 mm 22.75 C 0 mm/min
110 (Liman) 23-10-19/09:23:01:Europe/Belgrade 0 mm 17.12 C 0 mm/min
111 (Liman) 23-10-19/08:30:01:Europe/Belgrade 0 mm 15.06 C 0 mm/min
112 (Petrovaradin) 23-10-19/08:33:02:Europe/Belgrade 0 mm 10.69 C 0 mm/min
113 (Sremski Karlovci) 23-10-19/08:37:01:Europe/Belgrade 0 mm 10.5 C 0 mm/min
114 (Centar) 23-10-19/08:36:01:Europe/Belgrade 0 mm 13.06 C 0 mm/min
115 (Rimski Šančevi) 23-10-19/08:37:38:Europe/Belgrade 0 mm 13.5 C 0 mm/min
201 (Rimski Šančevi) 23-10-19/03:24:00:Europe/Belgrade 0 mm/min 12.8 C 79 %
202 (Centar) 23-10-19/08:42:02:Europe/Belgrade 0 mm/min 13.3 C 86 %
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