Project part-financed by the
European Union

Programme Title

  Hydrological cycle of the CADSES regions

Programme Acronym


Start/End date





Interreg IIIB - CADSES - 3 rd call

Total Budget


2.466.200,00 € (ERDF: 1.441.625,00 €)

Lead Partner


National Consortium of Universities for the Physics of Atmospheres and Hydrospheres.

 National Agency for Environmental Protection and the Technical Services - Department  of Internal and Marine Waters Protection
Town : Rome
Country : ITALY
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Contact Point : Eng. Giuseppina Monacelli, Tel: +39-0644442471 -
Fields of intervention of the institution and its past experience in trans-national co-operation actions

The National Agency for Environmental Protection and the Technical Services (APAT) mission is to perform technical and scientific activities of national interest to protect the environment. APAT main areas of intervention include: environmental monitoring and control; soil and water protection; coastal management; collection of environmental data at national level; modelling and forecasting activities; coordination of the Environmental Protection Agencies of Italian Regions (ARPA) and Autonomous Provinces (APPA). APAT is involved in many European programmes related to hydrological issues and water resource management like NETWET 2, CADSEALAND, HYDROPTIMET, SEDEMED, AQUAMED, FORALPS.

APAT takes part in Voltaire project financed by European Commission in the frame of V Frame Programme for Research and also in CRUE- ERANET project (VI FP), a coordination action of the European research in flooding prevention. Representatives of APAT are members of the Italian Surveillance Committee of INTERREG IIIB Programmes - CADSES, MEDOCC, ALPINE SPACE and ARCHIMED and advisors in the Hydrology Commission of WMO and members of the Forum of Hydrological Services of the river Danube . APAT officials take part in the meetings of the working groups in charge of the Water Frame Directive implementation.

Specific role of the partner in the implementation and management of the project


A databank of hydrological data referred to all Italy covering the historical series since 1921 till now enables APAT to perform studies and analyses for the optimisation of the current hydro-meteorological forecasting techniques. Thanks to its Sistema Idro-meteo-mare APAT develops meteo-hydrological forecasts at a basin scale and short-term quantitative precipitation forecast assessments using categorical statistics to quantify the skill of predicting the occurrence of rain (WP 2 and 3).

Being APAT also the national contact point of the European Environmental Agency with its network EIONET linked to SINANET, which is the Italian environmental information system, the dissemination of activities and results of HYDROCARE project will be executed with the widest and integrated approach (WP5).

Why is this partner essential for the success of the project?

The APAT Department of Internal and Marine Waters Protection has the function of collecting, processing, evaluating and releasing the water resources data concerning the whole national territory. In order to carry out its task, this Department is now realising a national trust network of the hydrological information in cooperation with the Italian regions, the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano , the national and interregional basin authorities. This national network of hydrological data referring to all Italy enables the APAT Department of Internal and Marine Waters Protection to analyse the distinguishing features and peculiarities of the hydrological phenomena, in order to adopt the appropriate measures for preventing floods and mitigating drought effects.

APAT also carries out its activities thanks to the Sistema Idro-meteo-mare, a forecasting system consisting of a high-resolution meteorological limited area model (QBOLAM) coupled in cascade with three ocean models (WAM, POM and VL-FEM) for the forecast of the Mediterranean Sea and of "acqua alta" events in the Venice Lagoon.


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