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Harmonized approach to stress tests for critical infrastructures against natural hazards

Objective

Critical Infrastructures (CIs) provide essential goods and services for modern society; they are highly integrated and have growing mutual dependencies. Recent natural events have shown that cascading failures of CIs have the potential for multi-infrastructure collapse and widespread societal and economic consequences.
Moving toward a safer and more resilient society requires improved and standardized tools for hazard and risk assessment of low probability-high consequence (LP-HC) events, and their systematic application to whole classes of CIs, targeting integrated risk mitigation strategies. Among the most important assessment tools are the stress tests, designed to test the vulnerability and resilience of individual CIs and infrastructure systems. Following the results of the stress tests recently performed by the EC for the European Nuclear Power Plants, it is urgent to carry out appropriate stress tests for all other classes of CIs.
To this end, STREST will establish a common and consistent taxonomy of CIs; develop a rigorous, consistent modelling approach to hazard, vulnerability, risk and resilience assessment of LP-HC events; design a stress test framework and specific applications to address the vulnerability, resilience and interdependencies of CIs.
STREST will focus on earthquakes, tsunamis, geotechnical effects and floods, and on three principal CI classes: (a) individual, single-site, high risk infrastructures, (b) distributed and/or geographically extended infrastructures with potentially high economic and environmental impact, and (c) distributed, multiple-site infrastructures with low individual impact but large collective impact or dependencies.
STREST will work with key European CIs, to test and apply the developed stress test methodologies to specific CIs, chosen to typify general classes of CIs, with the final goal of enabling the implementation of European policies for the systematic implementation of stress tests.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2013-two-stage
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Coordinator

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
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Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 722 500
Administrative Contact
Arnaud Mignan (Dr.)

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UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER GRENOBLE 1

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France
Address
Avenue Centrale, Domaine Universitaire 621
38041 Grenoble
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yann Le Roux (Mr.)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 209 000
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anton Schleiss (Prof.)
BASLER & HOFMANN AG, INGENIEURE UND PLANER
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 80 000
Address
Forchstrasse 395
8032 Zurich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Zwicky (Mr.)
CENTRO EUROPEO DI FORMAZIONE E RICERCA IN INGEGNERIA SISMICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 251 500
Address
Via Ferrata 1
27100 Pavia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Helen Crowley (Dr.)
AMRA - ANALISI E MONITORAGGIO DEL RISCHIO AMBIENTALE SCARL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 292 500
Address
Via Nuova Agnano 11
80125 Napoli
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alfonso Rossi Filangieri (Dr.)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 146 500
Address
Via Di Vigna Murata 605
00143 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sonia Vivanelli (Mrs.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 229 000
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mark Spruijt (Mr.)
UGA-Université Grenoble Alpes
France
EU contribution
€ 267 500
Address
621, Avenue Centrale
38401 Saint Martin D'heres
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yann Le Roux (Mr.)
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 255 000
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgia Petridou (Ms.)
BOGAZICI UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 246 500
Address
Bebek
34342 Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Can Zulfikar (Dr.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Matjaz Dolsek (Prof.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
David Walker (Mr.)