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Monitoring data and information exchange among decision support systems, Final Report

Project ID: FIKR-CT-2001-00144
Funded under: FP5-EAECTP C


Following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, a considerable amount of effort and resources were allocated to designing and developing coherent and comprehensive decision support systems for off site emergency management. These systems provide from simple radiological consequence assessments to more complex features, which deal with the assessment of countermeasures and their effectiveness.
Thus, computer based dose and consequence assessment tools and advanced decision support systems for nuclear emergencies are nowadays a reality in Europe, the US and Japan; however, after incidents such as the criticality accident in Japan, it became apparent that there is still a lack of an adequate information and data exchange mechanism that enables these systems to function properly and serve the purpose that triggered their development. Moreover, regardless of how distant the nuclear accident or incident takes place, local governments will be keen on requesting national instances to predict the consequences of it, and this is even more so when dealing with incidents at neighbouring countries.
It is essential for a good crisis management that the dose assessments and decisions are co-ordinated and harmonised between the affected countries. Countermeasures, recommendations and information to the public and the media must be consistent. Discrepancies between assessments of different crisis centres and decision makers in different countries have to be avoided or at least be well understood.
Consequently, there is a strong need for intensive, rapid and reliable exchange of all type of information. There are a number of bilateral and international activities to improve international data exchange at different levels. However, the problem of communication between decision support systems had - prior to the start of this project - not been addressed properly.

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