Decision Making Improvement for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) through technological support

Decision Making Improvement for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) through technological support

16 October 2019, Bucharest, Romania

DRMKC Risk Data Hub, GRRASP (Geospatial Risk and Resilience Assessment Platform) and RAPID-N (Rapid Natech Risk Analysis and Mapping System)



Complex forms of decision-making need technological support for achieving Disaster Risk Management (DRM) objective of reducing risk. European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) plays an essential role in this domain, by introducing innovative methods, tools and technological solutions for the mitigation of disasters and their impacts. It is essential that the emerging technological developments match the needs of the users. For this reason, JRC’s Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC) has foreseen the organization of a back-to-back session on the topic of DRM, to booster both technological innovation in this application area and the adoption of emerging methodologies at the national level.

The session is part of the 4th DRMKC Annual Seminar, co-organized with the Romanian Department for Emergency Situations (DSU) and hosted in Bucharest, Romania. On the morning of the 16th of October, we will discuss and assess the usability and applicability of three of JRC’s web-platforms related to Risk Management tasks, namely the DRMKC Risk Data Hub, GRRASP (Geospatial Risk and Resilience Assessment Platform), and RAPID-N (Rapid Natech Risk Analysis and Mapping System).


The DRMKC Risk Data Hub aims at becoming a tool for hosting systematically collected, comparable and robust disaster risk damage assessments and loss data (impact assessment). As such, it is meant to serve as an essential element and facilitator for the whole risk assessment and risk management cycle.

GRRASP is a World Wide Web oriented architecture bringing together geospatial technologies and computational tools for the analysis and simulation of critical infrastructures. This includes, notably, the case of complex networked systems, taking into consideration cross-sectoral and cross-border interdependencies. It can be used for assessing impacts at local, regional, national, and international levels.

RAPID‑N is a risk analysis system for technological accidents triggered by natural hazards (Natechs), which combines on-site natural hazard severity analysis, physical and functional damage assessment for industrial units, accident scenario development, and hazardous consequence modelling in a single tool. The system features an innovative data analysis framework, which allows automated data estimation, scalable analysis (i.e. local, regional, national) and case-specific dynamic modelling, which can be easily extended by users without need of technical knowledge.


A key objective of the session is to increase the collaboration with national/regional/local authorities and other institutions, aligning the development of the tools to the needs and concerns expressed at each level. To accomplish its objective, the workshop brings together technical and scientific experts with end users of the platforms, who have faced the main challenges related to data, knowledge and institutional practices while offering technological support for DRM. Showcases and feedback from national authorities and institutions will also be presented, as experienced throughout their interaction with the DRMKC Risk Data Hub, GRRASP and RAPID-N.




Concept note and agenda (draft)


Practical Information

It will be highly recommended to book the room by latest September 27th of 2019, in order to benefit from the special rate reserved for the participants to these events.
In order to book the room, it is required that each participant will send an e-mail at with the subject DRMKC Annual Seminar and the following information:

First & Last name ……………………………
Check in date ……………………………………
Check out date ………………………………
No of persons/room ………………………
Smoking or non-smoking ………………………………
Contact details (email & phone no )…………………

Transport service:
Last but not least, in the airport, a minibus with a capacity of 15 persons (red, marked with “Pompierii” – meaning firefighters) will leave each hour. The distance from the airport to the hotel is 10-15 minutes according to the traffic. We will have also an info point in the airport, so the participants can find the right way to the minibus.