The Distributed Research Infrastructure in Hydro-Meteorology (DRIHM) project is developing a prototype e-Science environment to facilitate the collaboration between meteorologists, hydrologists, and Earth science experts. The environment aims to promote accelerated scientific advances in hydrometeorological research (HMR) through the provision of end-to-end HMR services (models, datasets and post-processing tools) at the European level, with the ability to expand to global scale.

What the DRIHM e-infrastructure will allow is a connection of all the components in a transparent way for the end-users, thus pooling the dispersed expertise by fostering cross-disciplinary work. In addition, the DRIHM infrastructure will offer a unique framework for accelerating the development of ensemble forecasting strategies. The many components of the forecasting chain suffer from uncertainties which need to be accounted for in order to properly determine the hydrometeorological risk. By providing a quick and easy way of running various combinations of different meteorological and hydrological and hydraulic models, the DRIHM infrastructure will facilitate the production of probabilistic forecasts and will thus lead to an improvement in their skill.