The Inter-Agency Committee on the Hydrological Use of Weather Radar is the only national body in the United Kingdom bringing together operational agencies and research bodies with the common purpose of advancing the use of weather radar in hydrology, especially in support of flood management. It operates under the auspices of stakeholder organisations and with support from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
The Committee has representation from operating organisations across the UK with responsibilities for detecting, forecasting and warning of severe weather and flooding (Environment Agency, Met Office, SEPA, Rivers Agency), and the design and construction of urban drainage networks (Water PLCs and the States of Jersey). It has strong representation from the research community including the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Science and Technology Facilities Council, and from some of the most active Universities in radar research, including Bristol, Essex, Reading and Leeds.
The Committee aims to stimulate and monitor advances in the hydrological use of weather radar, attempting to bridge the gap between radar research and its operational application. It identifies research needs and opportunities and sources of potential funding. It publicises and promotes the use of weather radar and the establishment of international contacts. It identifies the needs for and availability of radar data and recommends archiving requirements. Biennially, the Committee reports on its work to its stakeholder bodies and the water industry generally and maintains a bibliography on hydrological applications of weather radar in the United Kingdom.