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IMproving Preparedness and RIsk maNagemenT for flash floods and debriS flow events

Objective

The aim of IMPRINTS is to contribute to reduce loss of life and economic damage through the improvement of the preparedness and the operational risk management for Flash Flood and Debris Flow [FF/DF] generating events, as well as to contribute to sustainable development through reducing damages to the environment. To achieve this ultimate objective the project is oriented to produce methods and tools to be used by emergency agencies and utility companies responsible for the management of FF/DF risks and associated effects. Impacts of future changes, including climatic, land use and socioeconomic will be analysed in order to provide guidelines for mitigation and adaptation measures. Specifically, the consortium will develop an integrated probabilistic forecasting FF/ DF system as well as a probabilistic early warning and a rule-based probabilistic forecasting system adapted to the operational use by practitioners. These systems will be tested on five selected flash flood prone areas, two located in mountainous catchments in the Alps, and three in Mediterranean catchments. The IMPRINTS practitioner partners, risk management authorities and utility company managers in duty of emergency management in these areas, will supervise these tests. The development of such systems will be carried out using and capitalising the results of previous and ongoing research on FF/DF forecasting and warning systems, in which several of the partners have played a prominent role. One major result of the project will be a operational prototype including the tools and methodologies developed under the project. This prototype will be designed under the premise of its ultimate commercialization and use worldwide. The consortium, covering all the actors involved in the complex chain of FF & DF forecasting, has been carefully selected to ensure the achievement of this. Specific actions to exploit and protect the results and the intellectual property of the partners have been also defined.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/crisis management
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 772 140,55
Administrative Contact
Valenti Guasch (Mr.)

Participants (18)

Ministère de l’Ecologie, de l’Energie, du Développement durable et de la Mer

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 79 982,12
Address
Tour Pascal B
92055 Paris
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicolas Venoux (Mr.)
EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT DES INNERN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 329 037,42
Address
Inselgasse 1
3003 Bern
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Urs Germann (Dr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 272 375,38
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Arminda Machado (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 264 673,82
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Keith Beven (Prof.)
EIDGENOSSICHEN FORSCHUNGSANSTALT FUR WALD SCHNEE UND LANDSCHAFT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 220 564,42
Address
Zuercherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Esther Moor (Ms.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 263 558,64
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bertha Van De Wakker (Ms.)
CETAQUA, CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DEL AGUA, FUNDACION PRIVADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 189 461,22
Address
Carretera D'esplugues 75 Local 1-2
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Xavier Roca Artola (Mr.)
CENTRO UNIVERSITARIO PER LA PREVISIONE E PREVENZIONE DEI GRANDI RISCHI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 189 569,28
Address
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele
84080 Penta Di Fisciano (Sa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Benevento (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 62 100,25
Address
University Road, Chiltern Hills
3630 Westville
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cheryl Ann Potgieter (Prof.)
Servei Meteorològic de Catalunya
Spain
EU contribution
€ 121 746,32
Address
Carrer Berlin 38/48
08029 Barcelona
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roger Pujolar (Mr.)
Hydrometeorological Innovative Solutions
Spain
EU contribution
€ 216 858,20
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 1-3, Edif Parcuc K2m S204b
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rafael Sánchez-Diezma (Dr.)
MINISTERE DE LA TRANSITION ECOLOGIQUE ET SOLIDAIRE
France
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Grande Arche - Tour Sequoia
92055 Paris-la Défense
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Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicolas Venoux (Mr.)
Agència Catalana de l'Aigua
Spain
EU contribution
€ 68 193,33
Address
Provença 204-208
08036 Barcelona
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Enric Ibañez (Mr.)
Departement Bau und Umwelt, Kanton Glarus
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 65 725,72
Address
Kirchstrasse 2
8750 Glarus
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jürg Walcher (Mr.)
VERZASCA SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 41 460
Address
Via Giacometti 1
6900 Lugano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Bertoli (Dr.)
Azienda Elettrica Ticinese
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 28 560
Address
Viale Officina 10
6500 Bellinzona
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giorgio Tognola (Dr.)
Autorità di Bacino destra Sele
Italy
EU contribution
€ 68 193,33
Address
Via Giovanni Porzia
80143 Napoli
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Affinita (Ms.)
AGENCIA DE MEDIO AMBIENTE Y AGUA DE ANDALUCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 25 800
Address
Calle Johann G Gutenberg 1 Isla De La Cartuja
41092 Sevilla
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Victor Del Cuvillo Cano (Mr.)