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Scientific Partnerships

Active networks of scientists and policy-makers to improve the science-policy interface in prevention activities to identify gaps in and improve work on methodology.

GDACS
Current Mandate:
Automatic system to estimate impact of Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tropical Cyclones; information system for Floods.
Role of the DRM Knowledge Centre:
Knowledge and Models sharing with Member States.
EFAS
Current Mandate:
The objective of EFAS is to provide Europe-wide forecasting information on Floods.
Role of the DRM Knowledge Centre:
Provide a Forum of Information Exchange to have an harmonized approach to Disaster Monitoring.
EFFIS
Current Mandate:
The objective of EFFIS is to provide Europe-wide forecasting information on Forest Fires.
Role of the DRM Knowledge Centre:
Provide a Forum of Information Exchange to have an harmonized approach to Disaster Monitoring.
eMARS
Current Mandate:

The Major Accident Reporting System (MARS and later renamed eMARS) was first established by the EU’s Seveso Directive 82/501/EEC in 1982 and has remained in place with subsequent revisions to the Seveso Directive in effect today. The purpose of the eMARS is to facilitate the exchange of lessons learned from accidents and near misses involving dangerous substances in order to improve chemical accident prevention and mitigation of potential consequences.

MARS contains reports of chemical accidents and near misses provided to the Major Accident and Hazards Bureau (MAHB) of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre from EU, OECD and UNECE countries (under the TEIA Convention). Reporting an event into eMARS is compulsory for EU Member States when a Seveso establishment is involved and the event meets the criteria of a “major accident” as defined by Annex VI of the Seveso III Directive (2012/18/EU). For non-EU OECD and UNECE countries reporting accidents to the eMARS database is voluntary. The information of the reported event is entered into eMARS directly by the official reporting authority of the country in which the accident occurred.

GTIMS-2
Current Mandate:
To issue analysis report for every potential worldwide Tsunami event caused by earthquakes of Magnitude at least 7.0 Mw; the reports (1h, 3h and final report within 24h) are sent to ERCC for consideration.
Role of the DRM Knowledge Centre:
Explore the development of pan-European disaster scenarios and the assessment of risks at European level.
ARISTOTLE
Current Mandate:

ARISTOTLE project has the objective of improving the analysis and understanding of natural phenomena by using a multidisciplinary approach and availability of experts in various fields. ARISTOTLE looks for the implementation of a 24/7 group of experts able to provide a scientific support to ERCC in relation to earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and extreme meteorological events, and allow them to synthetize the information into situation assessment reports and maps needed for a timely analysis and monitoring of ongoing events. The project involves 15 European countries under the Italian leadership of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).

Copernicus EMS Mapping services
Current Mandate:

On-demand mapping services which provide geospatial information (maps) based on satellite imagery to support all phases of the disaster management cycle. The services are operated under the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS) to support crisis managers, civil protection authorities and humanitarian aid actors dealing with natural disasters, man-made emergency situations and humanitarian crises. The services are available in two modes: Rapid Mapping is a 24/7 service which supports emergency response activities. Instead, Risk & Recovery Mapping supports recovery, disaster risk reduction, prevention, and preparedness activities.

RDH
Lead DG:
JRC
DG ECHO
Link:
RDH
Current Mandate:
RiskData Hub adopts the comprehensive administrative frameworks and policies (Union Civil Protection Mechanism, Sendai Framework for DRR), data sharing initiatives (OpenDRI) and spatial data infrastructures (INSPIRE) with the purpose of setting the bases for knowledge for DRM at local, national, regional and EU-wide level. The Risk Data Hub is expected to be the point of reference for curated EU-wide risk data, either through hosting relevant datasets or through linking to national datasets. Collecting and producing an inventory of relevant methodologies and datasets will set the bases for qualitative evaluation of science-based approaches on risk assessment and will locate and propose alternative sources.
Role of the DRM Knowledge Centre:
DRMKC activities support the translation of complex scientific data and analyses into usable information and provides science-based advice for DRM policies, as well as timely and reliable scientific-based analyses for emergency preparedness and coordinated response activities.