The primary role of the observation network is to continuously survey Luxembourg’s river systems, in order to be able to provide early flood warnings in the event of imminent danger to threatened populations and infrastructures. For this, the stream gauges of the public authorities, which are mainly located on the country's major rivers, are connected in real time to the Administration des Services de Secours, the Luxembourgish emergency services administration, where discharge forecasts are prepared. As the change in the river discharge is directly linked to past and present meteorological conditions, the observatory also includes a network of weather stations that continuously track temperature, relative humidity, sun exposure, or precipitation.
Secondly, the observatory provides the basic data used in many research projects that aim at a better understanding of flood genesis. Located mainly on small and mesoscale rivers, the water level recorders of the CRP- Gabriel Lippmann are intended to provide information of high spatio-temporal resolution concerning the hydrological functioning of our hydrosystems. Research has to benefit the existing warning systems.
For more information, please visit the observatory's website at: www.hydroclimato.lu.
Dr Laurent Pfister
Phone: (+352) 47 02 61 - 460
Fax : (+352) 47 02 64