CRISMA project underway
Work has started on a European Community project to develop a disaster planning decision-support and training tool.
The CRISMA project aims to provide a support tool which will help local authorities, responders, communities and private sector organizations to prioritise the most effective disaster response and mitigation methods for various potential incidents.
Co-ordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, CRISMA will use modelling and simulation technologies for evaluating the effects of crisis management measures on hypothetical scenarios.
An integrated modelling system is being designed into CRISMA to simulate both the most likely of crisis situations and more remote scenarios, the required measures, and their effects. Domino and multi-risk effects will also be taken into account: the integrated modelling system will give opportunities to assess the impacts of natural disasters on chemical, nuclear and other industrial activities, critical infrastructures, etc.
The CRISMA project is funded from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013 under grant agreement no. 284552. The CRISMA project’s total budget is 14.4 million euros, of which EU funding accounts for 10.1 million euros. The project ends in August 2015.
In addition to VTT, the project’s research partners are Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Germany), AMRA Analysis and Monitoring of Environmental Risk (Italy), AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (Austria), the Association for the Development of Industrial Aerodynamics (Portugal), Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), and the Finnish Meteorological Institute (Finland).
The end user’s perspective in the consortium is provided by the Emergency Services College (Finland), Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (Germany), Magen David Adom (Israel), the Public Safety Communication Europe Forum (Belgium).
Industrial representatives in the project are NICE Systems Ltd (Israel), EADS Deutschland GmbH – Cassidian (Germany), Insta DefSec (Finland), Spacebel S.A. (Belgium), Cismet GmbH (Germany), and ARTELIA Eau & Environnement (France).
•Date: 31st May 2012 • Europe/UK •Type: Article • Topic: Crisis management