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Towards more Earthquake-resilient Urban Societies through a Multi-sensor-based Information System enabling Earthquake Forecasting, Early Warning and Rapid Response actions

Project description

Building a dynamic EU response to earthquakes

How resilient are urban societies to disasters like earthquakes? Three systems enabling forecasting, warning and response are vital – the operational earthquake forecasting (OEF), earthquake early warning (EEW) and the rapid response to earthquakes (RRE) system. To ensure flexibility and accuracy, all three must act together. The EU-funded TURNkey project will develop an easy and low-cost platform in the cloud with all three systems. This will help public authorities and companies to minimise loses in case of an earthquake. It will be demonstrated and tested in six European cities affected by high seismic activity. The project will be backed by a team of multidisciplinary experts from 10 EU Member States.


TURNkey aims to make significant advances in the fields of Operational Earthquake Forecasting (OEF), Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) and the Rapid Response to Earthquakes (RRE), particularly when applying these systems in practice in Europe. The project will develop a flexible, extendable, robust and easy-to-use OEF/EEW/RRE system based on low-cost multi-sensor units and a cloud-based computer platform, which can be distributed as a fully-operational TURNkey product to public authorities (including search-and-rescue teams) and private companies (including operators of critical infrastructure). These developments will contribute to improved seismic resilience before, during and after a damaging earthquake and hence a reduction in losses.
The project’s outcomes will be demonstrated in six European Testbeds (TBs) with different hazard, vulnerability and exposure characteristics, spatial extents and monitoring networks as well as in two roaming TBs, one based on crowdsourcing and one for temporary installations. The six geographically-focused TBs are: the city of Bucharest (Romania), the Pyrenees mountain range (France), the towns of Hveragerdi and Husavik (Iceland), the cities of Patras and Aigio (Greece), the maritime port of Gioia Tauro (Southern Italy), and the Groningen province (Netherlands), which is affected by induced seismicity.
The TURNkey consortium comprises a strong multi-disciplinary team of experts (geophysicists, seismologists, geologists, engineers, disaster risk managers, sociologists, information technologists and computer programmers) from 21 partner institutions in 10 European countries. The TURNkey project will be supported by major public and private stakeholders in the six geographically-focused TBs and will be advised and reviewed by a group of international experts. TURNkey will build directly on previous and ongoing projects funded by the European Commission and national agencies that address topics related to OEF, EEW and RRE.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 193 000,00
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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Norge Oslo og Viken Viken
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 1 193 000,00

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