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Geospatial based Environment for Optimisation Systems Addressing Fire Emergencies

Objective

In EU and Australia, every year thousands of square miles of forests and other lands burn due to wildfires. These fires cause important economic and ecological losses, and often, human casualties. Both EU and Australian governments are aware of how crucial it is to improve wildfires’ management and containment . Scientists from different specialties, both in EU and Australia, have already developed methods and models in order to improve the management and decision process pertaining to preparedness and response phases in case of bushfire. The present project, named Geospatial based Environment for Optimisation Systems Addressing Fire Emergencies (GEO SAFE), aims at creating a network enabling the two regions to exchange knowledge, ideas and experience , thus boosting the progress of wildfires knowledge and the related development of innovative methods for dealing efficiently with such fires.
More precisely, the GEO SAFE project will focus on developing the tools enabling to set up an integrated decision support system optimizing the resources during the response phase, through:
• Developing a dynamic risk cartography of a region with regard to the possibility of a wildfire. The task will involve data collection (satellite and remote sensors), risk analysis and development of a tool enabling to forecast fire extension i, and in particular to predict fire and risk evolution during the response phase
• Designing and testing a resource allocation tool for the response phase using the dynamic risk cartography. One of the problems to consider will be the resource allocation for securing key places (schools, hospitals, ….) given time dependent constraints. Problems will be identified through connections with final users, and the proposed solutions will be tested on simulated data.
• Developing analyses of relevant management processes as well as training tools in order to facilitate the implementation of such solutionto be completed
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH

Address

Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich
Se10 9ls London

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 166 500

Participants (16)

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'AQUILA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 45 000

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 108 000

SERVICE DEPARTEMENTAL D'INCENDIE ET DE SECOURS DE LA HAUTE-CORSE

France

EU Contribution

€ 54 000

ENTENTE POUR LA FORÊT MÉDITERRANÉENNE

France

EU Contribution

€ 36 000

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 81 000

FUNDACIO D'ECOLOGIA DEL FOC I GESTIO D'INCENDIS PAU COSTA ALCUBIERRE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 144 000

UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 144 000

UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 13 500

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 45 000

UNIVERSITE CLERMONT AUVERGNE

France

EU Contribution

€ 45 000

UNIVERSITE DE TECHNOLOGIE DE COMPIEGNE

France

EU Contribution

€ 27 000

UNIVERSITE PARIS DAUPHINE

France

EU Contribution

€ 54 000

ECOLE DE MANAGEMENT DE NORMANDIE

France

EU Contribution

€ 4 500

CONSEJERIA DE MEDIO AMBIENTE Y ORDENACION DEL TERRITORIO

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 54 000

POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 31 500

MINISTERO DELL'INTERNO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 27 000

Partners (3)

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ROYAL MELBOURNE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY*RMIT UNIVERSITY

BUSHFIRE AND NATURAL HAZARDS CRC LIMITED

UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 691161

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2016

  • End date

    30 April 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 386 000

  • EU contribution

    € 1 080 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH

United Kingdom