eContentPlus project SCIER (www.SCIER.eu), coordinated by partner Epsilon (EPS)
The SCIER platform is a complex Integrated System which embodies technologies and structures from different Scientific Fields: Wireless Sensor Networks, Environmental Engineering and Modelling, Grid Computing for parallel processing.
Modelling crisis management for improved action and preparedness (CRISMA) - FP7- SEC-2011.4.1-1
Objective: The CRISMA project shall develop a simulation-based decision support system (Integrated Crisis Management System - ICMS), for modelling crisis management, improved action and preparedness. The ICMS shall facilitate simulation and modelling of realistic crisis scenarios, possible response actions, and the impacts of crisis depending on both the external factors driving the crisis development and the various actions of the crisis management team. A common set of criteria and performance indicators for crisis management simulation and optimisation provided by CRISMA modelling system shall enable decision makers and crisis managers to: (1) model possible multi-sectoral crisis scenarios and assess the consequences of an incident, (2) simulate possible impacts resulting from alternative actions, (3) support strategic decisions on capabilities, related investments, reserves, inventories (3) optimise the deployment of resources dedicated to crisis response in-line with the evolvement of a crisis, and (4) to improve action plans for preparedness and response phases of the crisis management. Long term sustainability and uptake of the CRISMA results shall be assured through recommendations from decision makers and external high-level experts in the CRISMA advisory board, compatibility with ongoing developments in environmental usage area, and design for extensibility through new models, criteria and performance indicators. Key CRISMA value proposition is the higher security of the European citizens, through improved understanding of the crisis evolvement and the impact of various decisions and actions at disposal of the crisis management on that evolvement, as well as through provision of the IT-support for decision making and auditing of the decisions made during both real and simulated crisis events.
ICT/PSP project BRISEIDE (www.briseide.eu), coordinated by Fondazione GraphiTech (FG)
BRISEIDE delivers spatial analysis Web Processing Services and integrates them within existing open source frameworks (e.g. WPS extension of Sextante by 52°North).Spatio-temporal processing services are exposed via the web and are made available through compatible WebGIS applications.
Newly developed or protypical OWSs already made available by relevant INSPIRE-related EU projects and exposing standard services such as WMS, WCS and WFS, will be used to provide access to relevant geodatabases, enriched, when needed, with information, extracted from heterogeneous, distributed user operational databases. BRISEIDE services are accessible through a multi-platform 3D client, developed by Fondazione GraphiTech, invoked from a web page as a JavaWebStart application. The 3D client allows interactive orchestration of spatio-temporal WPSs providing support to chaining of required processing units. This ensures interactive access to datasets and a synchronous processing at the server side.
The main objective of PREFER is to set up a space-based end-to-end information services, based on satellite remote sensing data, to support prevention/preparedness and recovery phases of the Forest Fires emergency cycle in the European Mediterranean Region.
In the PREFER’s concept, mapping inspires to those “thematic and synoptic characteristics” stated in the Italian law no.353/2000, the first to allow the exploitation of Remote-Sensing observations in legal applications to Fire Risk and Forest Fire-Fighting. The systematic carrying out of operations, and the equally systematic creation and delivery of products deserve priority in PREFER, which configures as an Industry-driven/Science-controlled initiative, dedicated to the pre-event and post-event integration of the EFFIS’ concept.
The key-drivers of PREFER can be summarized in the four main topics below:
- Systematic Fuel Estimates
- Systematic Burn Scar Mapping
- Systematic Analysis of fire Effects on Slope Stability
- Systematic Vegetation Recovery Analysis
The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value.
LIFE began in 1992 and to date there have been three complete phases of the programme (LIFE I: 1992-1995, LIFE II: 1996-1999 and LIFE III: 2000-2006). During this period, LIFE has co-financed some 3104 projects across the EU, contributing approximately €2.2 billion to the protection of the environment
Goal of the CALCHAS project is the development of an Integrated Analysis System (Integrated Forest Fire Analysis System - IFFAS), which will provide to the responsible authorities the data and information required towards the effective management and confrontation of fire incidents in forest ecosystems.
With the completion of CALCHAS, the competent authorities will be granted with an Integrated Forest Fire Analysis System for the effective fire conservancy of Grammos and Troodos forest, which will consist of the following components:
• A GIS Database consisting of flora and risk analysis data
• A network of meteorological stations appropriately installed in order to feed on-line the developed system with real-time data
• A computational platform for simulating the evolution of forest fire incidents.
The Integrated Forest Fire Analysis System is expected to become a useful tool for the responsible authorities:
• at scenario level, for personnel training purposes and planning of the necessary fire conservancy infrastructures
• at operational level, for decision making and coordination during forest fire incidents.