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Common Information Platform for Natural Hazards - GIN

It's not possible to predict every detail of extreme natural hazards like storms, floods or avalanches. The federal, cantonal and municipal Security Officers haven't much time to decide about the intervention. To get an overview they need measurement data like water levels or runoff as well as predicted data like the COSMO forecasts for precipitation. Since march 2010 all this information is available on the Common Information Platform for Natural Hazards - GIN.

Content and functions
GIN contains forecasts, warnings, models, bulletins as well as current measurement data from the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN, the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss, the Swiss Seismological Service (SED) and the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF. There are about 90 parameters from more than 900 automatic measurement stations which are updated up to every three minutes. In addition to these stations, there are also stations from cantons and private providers.
All the forecasts and measurement data are combinable with each other, which is very useful in a flood situation. In spring for example, the specialists can compare the measured runoff with snow data and the precipitation forecast on the map. This makes it easier to estimate the height, of the water levels. GIN supports the specialists and emergency forces to get the required information quickly and comprehensively, to evaluate the degree of the danger and for the intervention to protect the population.

screenshot The image shows the combined presentation of a precipitation radar image and wind data.

User interface
The information in GIN are displayed as maps, diagrams and tables, using standardised formats. The GIN user can combine data interactively in the way that best suits his or her requirements. For example, to obtain an overview of a possible flood situation in spring, it is possible to present the current runoff levels together with the volumes of snow and precipitation forecast on one clear and comprehensible map.
This form of presentation provides a rapid overview of a situation for one or more fixed points in time, while chronological developments can be examined in greater detail using diagrams and tables. Another function enables the display of precipitation radar images in loops in combination with measurement or forecast data.

Target audience
GIN is designed for natural hazards experts and is currently only available to them.

Outlook
For the next releases it's planned to revise the user interface and to integrate additional regional modules. Further new data and products from the federation, cantons and municipals will be added.

Contact
Are you interested in using GIN or do you require further information?
Please contact info@gin.admin.ch