Services and Applications For Emergency Response
SAFER aims at implementing preoperational versions of the Emergency Response Core Service.
SAFER will reinforce European capacity to respond to emergency situations: fires, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, humanitarian crisis.
The main goal is the upgrade of the core service and the validation of its performance with 2 priorities:
First priority is the short term improvement of response when crisis occurs, with the rapid mapping capacity after disastrous events, including the relevant preparatory services (reference maps).
For validation purposes, the project will deliver as from 2008 services at full scale for real events or during specific exercises. The main performance criterion is the response time. RTD work addresses technical, operational and organisational issues. The content of this first action is consistent with the definition of the preparatory action recently decided.
The second priority is the extension to core service components before and after the crisis. It targets the longer term service evolution, through the provision of thematic products, to be added in the portfolio of services. The main performance criterion is the added-value of products with riskspecific information. In SAFER, thematic products will cover mainly the meteorological and geophysical risks.
SAFER includes also some transverse RDT actions, with the objective to increase added-value of the overall service chain.
Users’ involvement is a key driver and a specific task addresses the federation of the key users, both for interventions in Europe and outside Europe. The emphasis put on quality assurance and validation methodology is reflected in the work plan.
The consortium is built around a core team of European service providers, already involved in the former or ongoing projects, in the frame of FP6 or ESA programmes. A wide network of scientific partners and service providers will extend the European dimension, in particular in the new member states.
The involvement of Joanneum Research is devoted to service evolution aspects. In particular, the following topics are treated:
• Geophysical risks, with a focus on landslide inventory
• Airborne mapping as a complementary approach to satellite-based an in-situ emergency mapping
Begin & End of Project
January 2009 – December 2011