SEASONAL HYDRO-METEOROLOGICAL FORECASTS IN THE LOCAL PRACTICE
In the frame of IMPREX H2020 project we try to improve the ability to anticipate and respond to future hydrological extreme droughts in the Messara region, Crete. About 250km2 of the total valley area is cultivated and the remaining area (higher grounds) is used for livestock. The growth of agriculture in the Messara plain has a strong impact on the water resources and ecosystem services of the area by substantially increasing water demand. The primary goal of this case study is to introduce the advanced forecasting information developed in the frame of IMPREX to local users. We aim to test the efficiency of seasonal forecasting on monitoring and predicting hydrological and agricultural drought and to put the concept of forecasting into the water resources management practice. The knowledge developed by the project will support risk management and adaptation planning.