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Seismic early warning For Europe

Objective

Earthquakes are a serious threat for many countries of Europe, particularly for those around the Mediterranean Sea. Early warning systems, based on real time, automated analysis of ground motion measurements, can play an important role in reducing the negative impact of catastrophic events on densely populated areas and, particularly, in mitigating the damage to strategic structures and lifelines. Europe is covered by numerous high quality seismic networks, managed by national and by European agencies, including also some local networks specifically designed for seismic early warning around large cities like Bucharest, Istanbul and Naples, respectively.

This project is aimed at fully exploiting the possibilities offered by a real time analysis of the signals coming from seismic networks for a wide range of actions, performed in a time interval of a few seconds to some tens of minutes. These actions range from the shut down of critical systems of lifelines, industries, highways, railways, etc. and the activation of control systems for the protection of crucial structures, to decision support for rapid response of the emergency management (ground shaking maps, continuously expected damage scenarios, aftershocks hazard etc.).

The project is structured in 6 work-packages:
(1) Project Coordination and Management,
(2) Real-Time Estimation of Source Parameters,
(3) Real-Time Damage Assessment and Reduction Strategies,
(4) Real-Time Shake Maps,
(5) Real-Time Aftershock Hazard Assessment,
(6) Dissemination of Results and End User Interface. The work-packages address all major components of an earthquake early warning system.

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Coordinator

GEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM POTSDAM.

Address

Telegrafenberg
Potsdam

Germany

Administrative Contact

Jochen ZSCHAU (Professor)

Participants (21)

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AMRA - ANALISI E MONITORAGGIO DEL RISCHIO AMBIENTALE - S.C.A.R.L.

Italy

BOGAZICI UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

CEDIM AG

Germany

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS)

France

CENTRE SISMOLOGIQUE EURO-MEDITERRANEEN

France

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN

Germany

ICELANDIC METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE

Iceland

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE PENTRU FIZICA PAMANTULUI - INCDFP BUCURESTI

Romania

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA

Italy

KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS METEOROLOGISCH INSTITUUT (KNMI)

Netherlands

NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS

Greece

NATIONAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR EARTH SCIENCE AND DISASTER PREVENTION

Japan

NATIONAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF ASTRONOMY AND GEOPHYSICS

Egypt

NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY

Taiwan

NORGES GEOTEKNISKE INSTITUTT

Norway

SELEX COMMUNICATIONS SPA

Italy

STIFTELSEN NORSAR

Norway

UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE)

Germany

WORLD AGENCY OF PLANETARY MONITORING AND EARTHQUAKE RISK REDUCTION

Switzerland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 36935

  • Start date

    15 June 2006

  • End date

    14 June 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 880 000

  • EU contribution

    € 3 600 000

Coordinated by:

GEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM POTSDAM.

Germany