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Improving the planning of efficient responses to forest fires, floods and ground movements

The objective of the project is to improve the preparation of society to deal with situations of complex natural crises through the provision of tools incorporated in an integrated and flexible IT platform to support the planning of efficient responses and the construction of realistic multidisciplinary scenarios in different Types of phenomena. The main scenarios considered are: forest fires, floods, floods and ground movements (landslides and collapses). The project will be based on realistic scenarios in specific geographical areas (Catalonia, Denmark and Scotland) with the close involvement of local authorities as civil protections, firefighters, etc.


Simulation of the Castell de Mur landslide

Simulation of the propagation of rocks in the Castell de Mur landslide with the tool developed by ICGC (April 2018, Lleida).


HEIMDALL at a glance

  • Title: multi-Hazard coopEratIve Management tool for DAta exchange, response pLanning and scenario buiLding _ HEIMDALL.
  • Budget: 8.585.414,19 €.
  • EU funding: 7.836.370,63 € (91% of the cost).
  • Budget of ICGC: 201.725 €.
  • EU funding for ICGC: 141.207,50 € (70% of the cost).
  • Start date: 2017.
  • End date: January 2021.
  • Consortium: 14 partners from 6 countries (Germany, Spain, Denmark, France, Italy, United Kingdom).
  • Coordination: German Aerospace Center – DLR (Germany.
  • Web: https://heimdall-h2020.eu/.
  • Program: Project funded by UE, Horizon 2020. Innovation Action. SEC-01-DRS-2016 - Secure societies - Integrated tools for response planning and scenario building.


Expected results

There is the need to provide integrated tools which can address the requirements of the different first responders involved in disaster risk management and can enhance cooperation and inter-organisational coordination. This integrated solution shall:

  • Support the already existing operational procedures for inter-organisational coordination, including cross-border scenarios, and implement new ones, if needed;
  • Provide means to define and share realistic scenarios and the corresponding response plans to be applied, covering the different perspectives of the involved first responders and the different phases of the disaster management cycle (preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery);
  • Integrate monitoring assets, based on satellite and aerial earth observation, in-situ sensors and information provided by first responders, to promptly detect and track any existing risk or ongoing emergency;
  • Apply available data fusion techniques and modelling algorithms to improve situation and risk assessment and identify the relevant scenarios available and the corresponding response plans to be applied, based on decision support techniques.
  • Allow information sharing and communication among the relevant stakeholders, including first responders deployed on the field and the population at risk, thus enhancing stakeholder and population awareness.


ICGC tasks

The tasks of the ICGC, together with the Center Tecnològic de Comunicacions de Catalunya, will focus on the development of the tools and the terrain movement scenarios. In this context, the ICGC will develop the modeling and the different scenarios of risk by movements of the ground to give an adequate response in cases of emergency, based on the experience and results of the tasks carried out in the identification, mapping and zoning of geological risks by movements of the terrain. These include the cartographic series (Geowork VI Map for the prevention of geological risks 1:25.000), support tasks to the General Direction of Land Management and Urbanism (studies of identification of geological risks), actions in problematic (Sallent) and information on emergency plans (INUNCAT).

The participation of the ICGC in this project will allow the development of new maps specific to situations of risk and serve this information to the managers of emergencies (Civil Protection).


Funded by:

UE Horizon 2020

This Project is funded by EU program Horizon 2020 (Call: Innovation Action. SEC-01-DRS-2016 - Secure societies - Integrated tools for response planning and scenario building).

Video channel Pau Costa Foundation HEIMDALL H2020 Project. Webinar video: Landslides and terrain movements (14/02/2018)

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