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Space-based Information Support for Prevention and REcovery of Forest Fires Emergency in the MediteRranean Area

Objective

PREFER aims at responding to major fire prevention needs in Southern Europe. All reports on the state of Europe’s forests indicate that the broad Mediterranean area is systematically affected by uncontrolled forest fires with large impact on ecosystems, soil erosion, slope instability, desertification trends, and local economies as a whole, whit a negative mid-to-long term prospect because of Climate Change. In this scenario, the need to improve the information and the intelligence support to forest fire prevention is widely recognized to be relevant. Fire prevention is still the most cost-effective strategy when compared to firefighting and extinguishing that are costly, local, and triggered only in response to already ongoing crises. PREFER intends to contribute to responding to such a pragmatic need of Southern Europe’s forests by : 1) providing timely multi-scale and multi-payload information products based on exploitation of all available spaceborne sensors within the project time frame (the next 3 years) ; 2) offering a portfolio of EO products focused both on Pre-crisis and Post-crisis forest fire emergency cycle in the EU Mediterranean area; 3) preparing the exploitation of new spaceborne sensors available by 2020 (e.g. : Sentinels) and 4) contributing to the definition of User requirements for the new EO missions. PREFER capitalizes on the experience gained in the last decade by the Partners, in the frame of European and national applied research programs focusing on the management of forest fire hazards with spaceborne observation means. It will set up a regional service, able to process and distribute the information to end users, developed and maintained by a regional R&D cluster of core users, industries and research institutes. Through the exploitation of the synoptic character of spaceborne EO data, the regional service is intended to stimulate further the coordination between countries on forest fires prevention in the EU Mediterranean region.

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2012-1
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 330 656
Administrative Contact
Giovanni Laneve (Prof.)

Participants (7)

OHB ITALIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 327 512,88
Address
Via Gallarate 150
20151 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Silvia Prodanova Hristova (Dr.)
INTELLIGENCE FOR ENVIRONMENT & SECURITY - IES CONSULTING SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 226 400
Address
Via Di San Valentino 34
00197 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Barbara Hirn (Dr.)
GMV AEROSPACE AND DEFENCE SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 277 180
Address
Calle Isaac Newton Parque Tecnologico De Madrid
28760 Tres Cantos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Javier Martínez Cendejas (Mr.)
SATWAYS - PROIONTA KAI YPIRESIES TILEMATIKIS DIKTYAKON KAI TILEPIKINONIAKON EFARMOGON ETAIRIA PERIORISMENIS EFTHINIS EPE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 220 720
Address
Christou Lada Street 3
15233 Halandri
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dimitris Diagourtas (Mr.)
KENTRO MELETON ASFALEIAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 157 200
Address
P Kanellopoulou 4 St
10177 Athina
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Georgios Leventakis (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE DE STRASBOURG
France
EU contribution
€ 206 200
Address
Rue Blaise Pascal 4
67081 Strasbourg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sandrine Schott-Carriere (Mrs.)
UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 160 489
Address
Paco Das Escolas
3004-531 Coimbra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luciano Lourenço (Prof.)