HYPE is hosted and continuously developed by the Hydrological Research Unit at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI). SMHI is a non-profit governmental institute with experts in meteorology, hydrology, oceanography and climate, providing decision support for a safe and sustainable society.

SMHI has a long tradition of operational water predictions including forecasts of river flow, flood risk, wildfires, and inflow to reservoirs. We also estimate status of water quality, design values for infrastructure, and the impact of climate change on water resources.

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Hydrological Research Unit

The HYPE model is our main tool, which provides new information, forecasts and knowledge of water resources in Sweden and world-wide, addressing different spatial and temporal scales and a broad range of users. The information is used in decision support for a safe and sustainable society, regarding water management, environmental protection, and building of infrastructure.

The Hydrological Research unit is engaged in numerous research and development projects, professional services and continuous development of the SMHI production chain for hydrological forecasts and assessments.

The work is normally user-driven and performed in collaboration with external partners in Sweden, Europe or other parts of the world. We produce both Open and Customized Data from our computational systems and the HYPE model is distributed as Open Source Codes to hydrological modellers.