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Improvement, Extension and Integration of Operational Decision Support Systems for Nuclear Emergency Management (DSSNET)

Project ID: FIR1-CT-2000-40076
Funded under: FP5-EAECTP C


The DSSNET network was established in October 2000 with the overall objective to create an effective and accepted framework for better communication and understanding between the community of institutions involved in operational off-site emergency management and the many diverse RTD institutes further developing methods and tools in this area, in particular decision support systems, for making well informed and consistent judgements with respect to practical improvements of emergency response in Europe. 37 Institutions from 21 countries of East and West Europe have been members of the network with about half of them responsible for operational emergency management.
TO stimulate the communication and feedback between the operational and the RTD community, problem-oriented emergency exercises were performed, which covered the various time phases of an accident and which extended from the near range to farther distances with frontier crossing transport of radionuclides.
The report describes the objectives of DSSNET, the five emergency exercises performed and the results of their evaluation. They provided valuable insight and lessons for operators and users of decision support systems, in particular the need for much more intensive training and exercising with decision support systems and their interaction with emergency management. The feedback received on operational aspects of decision support systems was largely translated into operational improvements

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