Extreme Rainfall Detection System (ERDS)

The project was born from the collaboration between ISMB, ITHACA (Information Technology for Humanitarian Assistance, Cooperation and Action) and WFP (World Food Programme), the largest United Nations operational Agency. The purpose of this collaboration is to increase the effectiveness in approaching emergency preparedness

. ITHACA’s Extreme Rainfall Detection System (ERDS) is conceived to provide near real-time alerts related to potential exceptional rainfalls worldwide, which can be used by WFP or other humanitarian assistance organizations to evaluate the event and understand the potentially floodable areas where their assistance is needed. This system is based on precipitation analysis and it uses rainfall data from satellite at worldwide extent. Considering the great deal of data to process, the system is based on Grid Computing techniques.

Advanced Computing and Electromagnetics