2022 SAG Award Winners

ETESA-Instituto de Meteorología e Hidrología de Panamá (IMHPA)-

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Project Goal

For Panama, having accurate data that allow the definition of public policy in risk and hazard management represents a very important social and environmental value. To enrich this data and achieve a better resolution forecast that would give greater confidence in the data generated, a strategy was devised that involved the use of supercomputing together with spatial mathematical models that could reach multiple audiences and serve as support for decision making. The use of the ArcGIS system was fundamental for the preparation of basin information and modeling of the same and also enabled a significant series of visual information products of these models in a simpler and more useful component for those who must monitor the water cycle throughout its process and ensure the availability of high-resolution forecasts to manage the different hydroelectric plants and warn with greater anticipation and confidence the potential effects on the territory

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Business Problem Solved

One of its main challenges has been the creation of quality and more accurate data to address emergency situations and build confidence in the data processes associated with power transmission.
The Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology of Panamá (IMHPA) is responsible for monitoring the evolution of atmospheric weather 24/7, throughout the national territory, and for designing strategies, standards, and measures that help protect the lives and property of the population, as well as mitigate the impact of climatological events. Also has the task of generate an hourly flow forecast for the electric transmission company of Panama (ETESA) for acquires energy of hydroelectric generation. For years the mainstream forecast has been made by professionals’ team of IMHPA with a deficient precipitation forecast and a lot of effort. Now, Panama earns a national forecast precipitation model that will be used for mainstream forecast for ETESA, risk management and other uses over national territor

Technology Implemented

The system uses this Esri products: ArcGIS Desktop, Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, ArcHydro, Geo-HMS, ArcGIS Dashboard and ArcGIS Online. ArcGIS was fundamental for the preparation of basin information and modeling of the same with HMS at first step. This data was used for the forecast system of precipitation and flow. Using supercomputing for running GFS and WRF precipitation models is generated the forecast twice at the day. WRF-Hydro is used for running flow forecast. The results is insert on ArcGIS Online using ArcGIS API for Python to update the forecasts features services, enabled a significant series of visual information with ArcGIS Dashboard simpler and useful. Next step will be the implementation of Geoevent server with a big data store for storage all the forecast to make efficient the calibration process.

Development Team Biography

Luz Graciela de Calzadilla – Civil Engineer –Hydraulic and Hydrology Specialist – Director
Diana Centenaro – Civil Engineer – Hydrology Manager
Elicet Yañez – Meteorologist - Manager
Vianca Benitez – Meteorologist- Weather Specialist