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Natural hazards

Spotlight on key (FP6) projects


The vision for the CRUE ERA-NET action on flooding is to develop strategic integration of research at the national funding and policy development levels within Europe to provide knowledge and understanding for the sustainable management of flood risks.

FLOODsite is working to improve our understanding of flood processes and the risks involved, from the high-level management of risk at a river-basin, estuary and coastal process cell scale down to the detailed assessment in specific areas.


The main objective of this project is to establish a network for measurements of the emissions of gases and aerosols by volcanoes, and to use the data from this network for risk assessment and volcanological research.

The rationale behind the VOLUME project is to increase our understanding of how subsurface mass movement manifests itself at the surface, in turn revealing the significance of such movements as precursors to impending eruptions.

Earthquakes and tsunamis

The project worked to improve risk mitigation for earthquakes and landslides. In particular, improved tools for landslide monitoring, earthquake-resistant design methods and innovative approaches for predicting landslides were developed, together with ways to stabilise landslide-prone areas and anti-seismic devices.

The primary aim of SAFER is to develop tools that can be used by disaster management authorities for effective earthquake early warning in Europe.

SEAHELLARC's goal is to establish a real-time on/offshore network for simultaneous seismic and tsunami observations in the coastal zones of western Peloponnese.

The project main goal is to contribute to our understanding of tsunami processes in the Euro-Mediterranean region, to the tsunami hazard and risk assessment and to identifying the best strategies for reduction of tsunami risk.

NERIES is working at networking the European seismic networks, improving access to data, allowing access to specific seismic infrastructures and pursuing targeted research developing the next generation of tools for improved service and data analysis.

Mass movements

GALAHAD focused on landslides, avalanches and glaciers -related hazard mitigation, through the development of advanced monitoring techniques and the improvement of forecasting methods and tools, with the aim of developing innovative and fundamental functionalities of remote monitoring techniques.

IRASMOS reviewed, evaluated and extended methodological tools for hazard and risk assessment of extremely rapid mass movements.


The overall aim of the research project ARMONIA is to devise a new harmonised methodology for producing integrated risk maps to achieve more effective spatial planning procedures in areas prone to natural disasters in Europe.

Na.R.As worked to help harmonise the risk assessment procedures and indicate ways to quantitative evaluation of hazard and risk levels through a two years long programmed series of workshops, seminars, meetings, formation and educational activities.

Forest fires

The FIRE PARADOX consortium has the overall goal of developing the scientific and technical foundation for proper fire management practices and policies.