Matej Kristan presents HIDRA -- a deep neural network for accurate storm surge flood prediction

On 2022-07-12 11:00:00 at G205, Karlovo náměstí 13, Praha 2
Climate change is exponentially intensifying extreme weather events. For
example, five of all 25 extreme storm surge coastal floods detected in the
Adriatic in the last 150 years occurred in just 2 weeks of 2019, each
devastating to coastal communities and economies. According to the
Earth models, the floods will continue to intensify into the foreseeable
There is thus a pressing need to develop accurate flood prediction models that
can raise alarms days ahead and activate mitigation plans to protect the
communities. In this talk, I will present our contribution to this effort --
HIDRA -- a deep neural network designed by an interdisciplinary team of
geophysicists and computer scientists. HIDRA is the first machine-learning
method that outperforms the best geophysics sea surface height prediction
it is half a million times faster and predicts the sea surface height for 3
ahead with a significantly better accuracy. HIDRA is already used in the
operational prognosis by the Slovenian Environment Agency.
Responsible person: Petr Pošík