Accurate information to tackle crises efficiently

An EU-funded project is developing a system to give crisis managers timely and accurate data about the extent and impact of disasters caused by extreme weather events. This could increase the effectiveness of European preparedness and response efforts.

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Countries
Countries
  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czechia
  Denmark
  Ecuador
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Faroe Islands
  Finland
  France
  French Polynesia
  Georgia


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Published: 7 November 2018  
Related theme(s) and subtheme(s)
EnvironmentNatural disasters
International cooperation
Research policyHorizon 2020
Countries involved in the project described in the article
Denmark  |  Finland  |  Germany  |  Greece  |  Israel  |  Italy  |  Spain
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Accurate information to tackle crises efficiently

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In an emergency, a fast supply of accurate information is critical. The EU-funded BEAWARE project is developing an integrated solution to support decision makers on two key aspects: situational awareness – determining what has happened, is happening and will happen next so as to plan and coordinate the most effective response; and command and control – getting the right people and resources to the right place at the right time.

The system aims at improving existing crisis preparation and management methodologies by aggregating and analysing data and information in real time to make the response faster and more efficient. It covers all aspects of crisis operations, including forecasting, early warnings, alerting as well as coordination between first responders in the field and authorities.

The first phase of such operations involves predicting and preparing for an extreme weather event. Once one occurs, an assessment must be conducted as soon as possible to determine its expected scope, geographical distribution and scale. This leads into a risk-assessment phase entailing understanding and communication of data from a variety of sources, based on which decisions regarding response efforts are made.

BEAWARE will gather environmental data, existing crisis-management records and input from social media, first responders and people affected, among other sources. Using a combination of visual, speech and text analysis techniques, semantic content integration and multilingual report generation, it will analyse this information to support decision-making by control centres.

The tools are being tested during three large-scale pilot exercises. Each deals with a different type of climate-related event – namely floods, fires and heatwaves.

By enhancing decision-support and early-warning services, BEAWARE will shorten response times, increase response efficiency and improve coordination of actions in the field, as well as contribute to furthering EU disaster risk management and climate change adaptation policies.

Project details

  • Project acronym: BEAWARE
  • Participants: Greece (Coordinator), Israel, Spain, Germany, Finland, Italy, Denmark
  • Project N°: 700475
  • Total costs: € 6 725 209
  • EU contribution: € 5 953 780
  • Duration: January 2017 to December 2019

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