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


The ICGC participates in the HEIMDALL project (multi-Hazard coopEratIve Management tool for DAta exchange, response pLanning and scenario buiLding) financed by the European Union through the Horizon 2020 program line: Innovation Action. SEC-01-DRS-2016 - Secure societies - Integrated tools for response planning and scenario building.

The coordinating partner is the DLR - German Aerospace Center (Germany), and has 14 participating international partners:

  • Germany (2):
    Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft
    Eberhard Karls Universitaet Tuebingen.
  • Castilla y León (1):
    Tecnosylva S.L.
  • Catalonia (4):
    Fundació d'Ecologia del Foc i Gestió d'Incendis Pau Costa Alcubierre
    Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya
    Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya
    Departament d'Interior – Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Denmark (1):
    Frederiksborg Brand og Redning.
  • France (1):
    Université de Strasbourg
  • Greece (1):
    Space Hellas S.A.
  • Italy (2):
    Centro Internazionale in Monitoraggio Ambientale – Fondazione Cima
    Associazione della Croce Rossa Italiana.
  • United Kingdom (2):
    Avanti Communications Ltd
    Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

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.

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)

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

Other videosf the channel Pau Costa Foundation HEIMDALL H2020 Project