The Hungarian Academy of Sciences is launching a comprehensive hydrology programme

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) decided to establish a National Hydrology Research Programme at the end of June. The programme focuses equally on the research required for understanding phenomena related to water and the water cycle as well as the research, development and innovation activities associated with operative tasks.

Taking an integrative and coordinating role, the HAS aims to involve all educational and research institutions active in the hydrological field as well as the organisations working on operative implementation in the cooperation, and to promote Hungary’s more active participation in international research programmes. As a part of international cooperation efforts, the Academy is going to initiate a Danube region research programme in partnership with the EU Joint Research Centre and other organisations.

Through the integration of currently separate data collection and analysis systems they wish to establish a system that operates in a coordinated and accessible fashion in all parts of the water management cycle, from detection to prediction.

The new National Hydrology Research Programme will serve sustainability, economic, environmental and social purposes as well. The successful operation of the programme will develop and contribute innovative solutions to the following areas*:

  • Integrated water management and quality water utility services in Hungary
  • Sustainable utilisation of Hungary’s surface and underground water resources
  • Restoring and maintaining the good condition and the potential of Hungary’s bodies of water, which is a requirement of the EU Water Framework Directive
  • Innovative developments in water treatment and purification
  • A secure drinking water supply
  • Flood protection, through, for instance, producing more accurate forecasts
  • Better understanding of the impact of severe weather conditions on the terrestrial water cycle, and thereby the development of more efficient protection procedures
  • Significant increases in and sustainable use of geothermal energy production
  • Better understanding of the medical effects of mineral and thermal waters, further significant development of Hungary’s health industry and medical tourism
  • Services to recreation including angling, beaches and other water-related leisure activities
  • Water management cooperation at the level of the Carpathian Basin in the case of bodies of water that are dissected by borders
  • Long-term protection of Hungary’s aquatic habitats, more exact determination of ecological water demand
  • Meeting the growing water demand of agriculture (e.g. irrigation)
  • Reduction of the harmful impacts of inland flooding and droughts
  • Strengthening of hydrological knowledge exports and international educational activities

*Source: the HAS submission that details the research programme is available on the Academy’s website in Hungarian.