On June 9, 2021, the Huaihe River Commission of the Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) of China organized a water related disaster drill, with an aim to strengthen the disaster forecast, early-warning, emergency drill, and contingency planning capabilities of the Huaihe River basin.
MWR Vice Minister LIU Weiping, IWHR Vice President PENG Jing, and the technical teams from the Research Center on Flood and Drought Disaster Reduction of IWHR attended the drill.
The drill was held at the Huaihe River Commission.
The drill was conducted in accordance with MWR’s new visions on smart water management and basin-wide flood control. In words of Mr. LIU Weiping, aiming to promote the application of digital scenarios, smart simulation and precise decision-making in flood control, the drill successfully explored dynamic interaction, real-time integration, and high simulation technologies in digital river basins, and put to test the forecast, early-warning, emergency drill, and contingency planning capabilities for basin-wide flood control. It was also a good opportunity to build up a professional team for flood control and drought mitigation.
The Research Center on Flood and Drought Disaster Reduction of IWHR, as the technical brain of the drill, set up a 100-person strong team covering disciplines including hydrology, hydrodynamics, contingency planning, remote sensing, and system programming. They developed a smart flood control system that accommodates the flood characteristics of the Huaihe River basin, assimilates more data, deploys new technologies, and develops fresh modes. The success of the drill laid a solid foundation for a smart solution for Huaihe River’s flood control.
In recent years, IWHR has been making headways in developing smart solutions for water disaster prevention and control. On the data front, the space-air-earth monitoring network has been continuously improved to generate comprehensive basin-scale data. Hydrological, scheduling, and hydrodynamic models are upgraded to realize flood forecast and decision-making within seconds. Big data analytics and artificial intelligence are used at scale to further empower smart flood control and provide technical support for China’s smart water development.