Public FLOOD Emergency and Awareness SERVice
Project duration: 36 months
Overal budget of the project: 3.2 mil EUR
Consortium: 13 partners from 7 EU countries
This project has received funding form the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693599.
Nowadays, floods risks are importantly high and constitute an acute problem across Europe given the intense rainfalls because of manmade pressure on environment and because of the ongoing climate change.
Floods endanger human lives, cause huge environmental consequences, for example when installations holding large quantities of toxic chemicals are inundated or wetland areas destroyed, while they can also provoke heavy economic losses.
To reduce flood risk countries have to cooperate closely. Due to the Floods Directive (Directive 2007/60/EC), all the European countries have separate and different models, own approaches for flood management, flood prevention and different priorities for mitigation measures. Many regions suffer from lack of risk information for planners, population and most of all, for decision makers. Thus, flooding cannot be completely prevented but there is a clear need for more intuitive collaborative tools that are able to engage citizens in the flood risk management process, as well as ICT based feedback mechanisms that are able to encourage real collective action and behavioural change.
In this context, we have thought that significant risk reduction in large international basins can only be achieved through transnational, interdisciplinary and stakeholder-oriented approaches within the framework of a joint transnational research project that will focus on flood risk management.
So, FLOOD-serv aims to create a system that can access different flood-related datasets across a broad number of different sources (sensors, social media and open data) and make sense of them on different mobile technologies – tablets and smartphones but also on laptops and PCs – in a way that helps the end users (public authorities, emergency personnel and citizens).
Role of Exdwarf
As a beneficiary of the project, our mission is to provide full consulting support to the Slovak pilot, Bratislava Self-Governing Region (http://www.region-bsk.sk/). Main activities cover project management, implementation- and development support, system requirements engineering, deliverables writing, dissemination of project results, stakeholders and experts community build up, verification, piloting evaluation and validation of the solution. Furthermore in this project we will be testing usage of UAV (drones) in the context of flood areas monitoring, surveillance and territorial analysis with help of software-component designed by our Portuguese partner ANO – Sistemas de Informática e Serviços, Lda.