Romanian National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology
and the US Trade and Development Agency
Burgess & Niple provided assistance to the Romanian Government in evaluating US computerized numerical models for a national system of flood flow and inundation modeling and related data acquisition, storage and retrieval. B&N arranged model demonstration and training for the hydrologic analysis professional staff of INMH in Romania for selected flood models. The work included subcontracting of field surveys and map digitization in Romania by local professionals for pilot studies of an example basin in Romania. Based on the results of the study, the Romanian government plans to acquire and implement equipment and models at an estimated cost of approximately $5.5 million, as part of a wider program of sensor and communication upgrades with a total cost of over $40 million.
This system will allow earlier warnings of flooding risk, and will allow prediction and tracking of flood events that may carry waterborne contamination to downstream lands and communities. The feasibility study was funded by the US Trade and Development Agency in response to several recent flooding and water contamination disasters in Romania, which in turn affected adjacent nations.