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Tsunami risk and strategies for the European region

Objective

The project main goal is to contribute to our understanding of tsunami processes in the Euro-Mediterranean region, to the tsunami hazard and risk assessment and to identifying the best strategies for reduction of tsunami risk. Focus will be posed on the gaps and needs for the implementation of an efficient tsunami early warning system (TEWS) in the Euro-Mediterranean area, which is a high-priority task in consideration that no tsunami early warning system is today in place in the Euro-Mediterranean countries.

The main items addressed by the project may be summarised as follows. The present Europe tsunami catalogue will be improved and updated, and integrated into a worldwide catalogue (WP1). A systematic attempt will be made to identify and to characterise the tsunamigenic seismic (WP2) and non-seismic (WP3) sources throughout the Euro-Mediterranean region. An analysis of the present-day earth observing and monitoring (seismic, geodetic and marine) systems and data processing methods will be carried out in order to identify possible adjustments required for the development of a TEWS, with focus on new algorithms suited for real-time detection of tsunami sources and tsunamis (WP4).

The numerical models currently used for tsunami simulations will be improved mainly to better handle the generation process and the tsunami impact at the coast (WP5). The project Consortium has selected ten test areas in different countries. Here innovative probabilistic and statistical approaches for tsunami hazard assessment (WP6), up-to-date and new methods to compute inundation maps (WP7) will be applied. Here tsunami scenario approaches will be envisaged; vulnerability and risk will be assessed; prevention and mitigation measures will be defined also by the advise of end users that are organised in an End User Group (WP8). Dissemination of data, techniques and products will be a priority of the project (WP9).

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Coordinator

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM-UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Address

Via Zamboni 33
Bologna

Italy

Administrative Contact

Stefano TINTI (Professor)

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UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA

Spain

STATENS KARTVERK

Norway

WORLD AGENCY OF PLANETARY MONITORING AND EARTHQUAKE RISK REDUCTION

Switzerland

ORTA DOGU TEKNIK UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

D'APPOLONIA SPA

Italy

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA

Italy

UNIVERSITE DE PAU ET DES PAYS DE L'ADOUR

France

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE

Belgium

GEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM POTSDAM.

Germany

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA "LA SAPIENZA"

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF ISTANBUL

Turkey

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS)

France

THE GEOPHYSICAL INSTITUTE OF ISRAEL

Israel

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

STIFTELSEN NORGES GEOTEKNISKE INSTITUTT

Norway

FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA

Portugal

UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN SECURITY

Germany

CENTRO NACIONAL DE INFORMACION GEOGRAFICA

Spain

NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS

Greece

PUERTOS DEL ESTADO

Spain

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

Italy

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE (CEA)

France

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL.

United Kingdom

ICELANDIC METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE

Iceland

BOGAZICI UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 37058

  • Start date

    1 October 2006

  • End date

    30 September 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 716 037

  • EU contribution

    € 3 305 685

Coordinated by:

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM-UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy