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News New project on flood protection and dam safety in Poland

DHI PL in cooperation with DHI CZ has been contracted for software delivery, training and consultancy services in a project dealing with flood hazards as a result of dam breaks. The project is being executed by the Regional Water Management Board in Krakow (RZGW, Regionalny Zarząd Gospodarki Wodnej w Krakowie) in cooperation with the dam safety branch of the Institute of Meteorology and Water Resources (IMGW, Instytut Meteorologii i Gospodarki Wodnej). The project is primarily funded by the Norwegian grant support to Central and Southern Europe with the aim of reducing social and economic disparities within the European Economic Area (EEA).

The purpose of the project is to improve the institutional capacity dealing with flood protection by implementing tools and developing methodology for the analysis of flooding caused by dam failures with the overall objective of reduction of flood hazards. In Poland there are about 50 large dams of which many were constructed more than 30 years ago, and there is thus a need to review the impact of dam break scenarios in many cases. 

The DHI software product MIKE Flood, that includes 1D and 2D flood simulation engines plus a variety of analysis tools, will be used to meet this purpose. DHI instructors from Prague and Denmark are currently training a group of specialists from RZGW and IMGW in 1D and 2D modelling techniques including modelling of dam-break events (see photo).

Photo: Representatives from Krakow Water board and Polish Met Office in training session with course instructors Julie Landrein and Torben Strange Jensen.

For further information please contact: Jan Kwiatkowski

Contact information Jan Kwiatkowski (email:
News type Inbrief
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Source of information DHI
Keyword(s) flood protection, dam safety
Geographical coverage Poland
News date 16/03/2010
Working language(s) ENGLISH