DECAT

Partners

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Cyprus University of Technology

Project Coordinator: Prof. Diofantos Hadjimitsis
Telephone: (+357) 25 002548
E-mail: [email protected]

Project Manager: Dr. Andreas Damalas
Telephone: (+357) 99 300137
E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

Research Associate: Christodoulos Mettas
Telephone: (+357) 25 245052
E-mail: [email protected]

Research Associate: Evagoras Evagorou
Telephone: (+357) 25 002152
E-mail: [email protected]

Short Overview of Cut

The Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) was established by law in December 2003, and enrolled its first students in September 2007. It is a new, public, and independent University and has set high values concerning its academic character, legal status, organizational and administrative structure; it’s characterized by its high level procedure for staff selection, and its relationship with the state.
Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) has as its strategic target the design and development of research activities both within the University and in cooperation with other research Institutes in Cyprus and abroad. The research emphasis of CUT is reflected in the substantial funding provided to academics for the establishment of research centers and laboratories.
CUT research and academic staff is involved in various Research Activities and National and European Research Programmes. Even though CUT initiated its research activity very recently, it has already managed to dispose of a significant number of National Research Projects funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation and of European Research Projects funded under the European Research Framework Programmes (FP6 and FP7), the LIFE and IEE Programmes, the European Territorial.

Foreseen Level of Engagement

As the coordinator of DECASTROPHIZE, CUT will be responsible for the administration, organization and implementation of overall supervision of the project. The coordinator will be assisted by the Steering Committee (SC) to ensure the coordination and the implementation of Tasks and the exploitation of results. On behalf of the project consortium, the coordinator will be responsible for communication and cooperation with all partners to implement the project. CUT will be responsible for the preparation of the knowledge exchange platform and participate in all of the meetings and events. Also, cross border acquisition, transferability of data and the GE-DSS/MCDA, creation and integration of spatial data infrastructure SDI), geo-spatial databases and inter-linkage (task 4) are activities that have to be performed by CUT.

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Cyprus Civil Defense

Name of the Organisation: Cyprus Civil Defence (CCD)

Representative: Mr Marinos Papadopoulos
Telephone: 25811024
Telefax: 25305491
E-mail: [email protected]

Team member: Mrs Alexia Constantinou
Telephone: 25811024
Telefax: 25305491
E-mail: [email protected]
Please note that Mr. Argyris Alexandrou will no longer be a part of the DECAT team. He will be replaced by another colleague in the near future and you will be notified.

Short Overview of CCD

Cyprus Civil Defence (CCD) is the governmental agency in charge of the protection of the people of Cyprus under the auspices of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Cyprus. It has a long line of experience in disaster relief for natural disasters, which occurred on the island of Cyprus such as earthquakes, forest fires, droughts, floods, landslides and severe rainstorms. Cyprus, through CCD, actively participates in the Community Civil Protection Mechanism and harmonizes, where necessary, national policies and programs.

The Civil Defence’s mission is to take preventive, repressive and supporting humanitarian measures in order to protect the population and its property, as well as the environment and critical infrastructure from the effects of disasters either natural (earthquakes, floods, tornadoes etc.) or manmade (technological accidents, armed conflict, etc.). It also aims to provide the necessary conditions for the population’s survival and recovery following a disaster. The improvement and strengthening of the protection mechanism of civilians, before, during, and after the onset of a disaster, is the predominant concern of the Force.

Βy conducting enlightenment campaigns and by exploiting the opportunities offered by contemporary forms of communication, the Civil Defence Force vision is to sensitize the population on prevention and response to disasters issues and consolidate basic rules on safety and self-protection, in order to create the circumstances for a society to be ready to contribute effectively in reducing the risks and their consequences.

Foreseen Level of Engagement

The CCD will have direct involvement in the project as being one of the Partners, we are one of the end users of the product and we are going to conduct 2 exercises within the project. We are participating in meetings and events.

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Atlantis Consulting Ltd

Nada Panayiotou
email: [email protected]
tel.: +357 22 660482

Atlantis Consulting Cyprus Ltd is a leading organisation in Cyprus providing Environmental Management and Management Consultancy Services. Founded in 2000, it aspires to help the Public sector in planning and implementing environmentally sustainable policies and development projects and to support the private sector in achieving their environmental and business planning issues. The company is active in the fields of Environmental modelling and assessment, Solid waste management, environmental impact assessment, environmental risk assessment, biodiversity management and urban sustainability. Focusing on reconciling developmental and environmental goals, ATLANTIS has built a solid reputation for the development and implementation of exceptionally innovative and sophisticated projects in such aspects as environmental management, urban sustainability and promotion of eco-innovation. ACC has played a key role in developing and implementing EU funded projects for a wide variety of programmes such as LIFE, INCO-MPC, LEONARDO, Europe Innova, FP7, CIP and H2020. Several projects have so far been successfully implemented in cooperation with Cyprus National Authorities, various research institutions as well as other privately operating companies. Currently running EU funded projects include:

REMEB (H2020), GRASP (MED), INNEON (CIP), WASTECOSMART (FP7), SINFONIA (FP7), NOWIVAM (FP7 Regions), INNOWATER (Europe INNOVA), OPTIMA (INCO MPC) PM3 (LIFE+), CYNOISE (LIFE-3rd Countries), COMANACY(LIFE+), URBANGUARD (LIFE 3rd Countries), EEB4B (Leonardo), Water Resource Data Integration and Model Development for Management and Sustainability of River-Basin Resources (Marie Curie), Phytorem (Eureka), AidAir (Eureka), WebAir (Eureka), Towards an optimisation of urban and architectural parameters of urban formations in a Mediterranean context for energy use minimisation (Cyprus RPF/Urban-Net), Performance Evaluation of Urban Pollution Dispersion Models in the Cypriot Urban Environment through experimental field campaigns (Cyprus RPF).

The company also maintains a department which specialises in supporting SMEs to secure grants from EU and national programs as well as funding from investors and banks. Specialising in supporting Eco-innovative SMEs the company undertakes the elaboration of proposals, management of funded projects, preparation of feasibility studies, and supports the dissemination and replication actions of funded projects. The company has nine permanent staff and is also a member of the ATLANTIS group of companies which employs a total to about 50 scientists and engineers. ACC is a member of the economic interest association of GREENOVATE! (http://www.greenovate-europe.eu) that are engaged in the promotion, exploitation and financing of Eco-innovation in Europe.

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French Geological Survey

The BRGM is the French geological survey and France’s public reference institution in earth science applications for the management of surface and subsurface resources and risks. Its activities are geared to scientific research, support to public policy development and international cooperation.
BRGM and risks

Understanding, anticipating, preventing, managing and adapting: our constant aim is to reduce the potential impacts of telluric risks (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, landslides), climatic risks (land movements, clay soil shrinking and swelling), coastal risks (erosion and/or coastal flooding) and risks arising from human uses of the subsoil (storage reservoirs, sinkholes, etc.) in the context of global change.

To study and understand these risks and vulnerability to exposure, we design and operate a range of tools: surveillance systems, predictive models, risk mapping, databases, management-support models and scenarios, assessments of physical and systems vulnerability and multi-risk analysis methods. One of our key roles is to provide decision-makers with diagnostic and decision-support tools to aid risk prevention, spatial planning and crisis management.

You can also visit our corporate website: http://www.brgm.eu

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Foundation for Research & Technology – Hellas

Nikolaos. A. Kampanis, Ph. D
Research Director
Head of Coastal Research Lab
FORTH-IACM
PO Box 1385
71110 Heraklion, Crete
Greece
Tel: +30 2810391780
Fax: +30 2810391761
Email: [email protected]

Katerina Spanoudaki, PhD
Researcher
Coastal Research Lab
FORTH-IACM
PO Box 1385
71110 Heraklion, Crete
Greece
Tel: +30 2810391422
Email: [email protected]

FORTH, established in 1987, is one of the largest research centers in Greece with its headquarters in Heraklion, Crete. It functions under the supervision of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs and consists of six Research Institutes located throughout Greece. The research directions of FORTH focus on areas of major scientific interest such as: Lasers, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Computer Sciences, Bioinformatics, Computational Mathematics, Environment. FORTH’s visibility in the related scientific community is high, accredited by numerous collaborations with renowned research institutions and a remarkable share in international research funds. The Coastal Research Laboratory of IACM-FORTH has long and international experience in the integrated study of the coastal environment and the development of relevant novel monitoring and numerical modelling techniques. CRL is actively involved in all aspects of coastal engineering including coastal hydrodynamics, coastal flooding risk assessment, coastal erosion and vulnerability assessment, marine pollution modelling, oil spills fate and transport modelling, coastal imaging, coastal management and planning.

web: http://www.iacm.forth.gr/CFD/CRL.php

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Technical University of Crete

Natural Disasters and Coastal Engineering Laboratory

The Natural Disasters and Coastal Engineering Laboratory (NDCEL) is a unit of the School of Environmental Engineering of the Technical University of Crete. It was established in 2004 by Professor Costas Synolakis. Professor Synolakis is also the Director of the University of Southern California Tsunami Research Center (TRC). He was awarded the 2014 Sergey Soloviev Medal of the European Geosciences Union on natural hazards and the 2001 County of Los Angeles Award on Leadership in Emergency Preparedness. The TRC has produced all official inundation maps for tsunami preparedness and hazard mitigation since 1999 for the State of California. NDCEL is actively involved in all aspects of coastal engineering and natural disasters research, including tsunami research, inundation field surveys, wave numerical and analytical modeling, disaster risk assessment and management, hazard mitigation, disaster prevention, and emergency preparedness. In addition, NDCEL faculty and students have been actively involved in many disaster exercises in the United States and the European Union, for example EU POSEIDON 2011 and EU PROMETHEUS 2014.

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Geoview Systems Szamitastechnikai Kft

Name of the organisation: Geoview Systems Ltd.

Name and contact details of a representative: Judit Domolki
[email protected]
tel: +36203681895

Short overview of the organisation with specific reference to their role in disaster management:

Geoview Systems Ltd. is an information technology company, established from domestic capital, which has been functioning successfully for more than 20 years. Geoview Systems Ltd. is well known, by its high level services and its research and development activities. It has been functioning according to ISO 9001 record since 2003.

At the beginning, our company was almost exclusively specialized in development activities, while by now we are involved in large scale IT projects as well. Our successful IT R&D projects have been realized from European Union subsidies and contributed to create our professional concept, and to expand our range of activities. During the last few years we have widened the range of our products and services.
Geoview Systems Ltd. has been working on the field of disaster management in cooperation with professional institutions, and has developed and implemented the following applications:

  • Operation Management System
  • Operative Action Command System for industrial fire services (OACS)
  • Practice-oriented training for standby rescue teams (eLearning-based solution)
  • Groundwater Flooding Information System

GWS will contribute to the modeling of fires, floods and industrial accidents in Hungary. In addition, they will design, conduct and evaluate a TTX in Hungary with support from National Directorate General for Disaster Management, Ministry of the Interior (NDGDM).

Foreseen level of engagement in the project: (direct involvement, participation in meetings and events, only to receive information, etc): Participation in meetings and events

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European Research Institute

web site: europeanresearchinstitute.eu
email: [email protected]
Telephone number: +39 011 0191095
Mobile: +39 331 7495613

The European Research Institute is a non-profit company that aims to promote research and experimentation for innovation in the areas of science and society. We are working to improve the economic and cultural conditions of European citizens, and not only this. We advocate, through our activities, respect for the environment, land and living beings. In this context and in line with the objective of the Copenhagen Strategy we have a department dedicated to the Risk management focused on the fight against climate change and the responsible management of natural resources. In a context of changing sensitivity towards natural heritage and landscape, the points on which our mission is formed are: to continue the recovery and management of biodiversity, natural heritage and natural, urban, periurban and rural spaces following a gradual path that goes from the deepening of existing knowledge to the creation, programming and implementation of innovative actions; to coordinate and improve the efficiency of devices for the prevention of natural and technological risks and emergency measures, deepening and disseminating knowledge, strengthening the information given to the people and consolidating relationships between operational structures; to revitalize the economy and the management of the territory with the creation of multifunctional forestry production chains in a context of developing sustainable economic and social systems.

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GeoSolutions

GeoSolutions is a company highly specialized in processing and disseminating of raster and vector geospatial data with Open Source software, according to ISO Technical Committee 211, which provides the base building blocks for the INSPIRE regulations. GeoSolutions’ team is composed by renowned international professionals with leading roles in GeoServer, GeoNetwork and GeoTools for which GeoSolutions provides professional support services. GeoSolutions counts major national and international government agencies as well as private companies worldwide as its customers. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations World Food Program (WFP), NATO NURC, as well as the Municipalities of Prato and Firenze and the province of Florence have chosen GeoSolutions to support their infrastructures.

The Mission

Thanks to the wide experience gained in supporting mid-size and large enterprise Environments for mission critical projects, GeoSolutions is able to provide highly customized solutions based on Open Source components with proven reliability needs, in order to respond promptly and efficiently to the customers’ needs. The primary objective of GeoSolutions is the integration and the complete interoperability with COTS software and/or pre-existing infrastructures.

Services

GeoSolutions offers professional support services to help organizations build enterprise-class Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI), integrating and tuning best-of-breed Open Source geospatial frameworks in the OpenSDI Suite. OpenSDI Suite consists of Open Source products with proven robustness and reliability, among which GeoWebCache flexible, efficient and economic solutions for the acceleration of the dissemination of the maps into client oriented tile, such as Google Map or Google Earth; GeoServer, the Open Source server for the management and interoperable dissemination of geospatial data according to the OGC, ISO and INSPIRE standard; GeoNetwork, the Open Source catalogue server for the management and dissemination of GeoSpatial metadata according to the OGC and ISO as well as INSPIRE standards; MapStore the innovative web-mapping solution to create, save, browse and share in a simple and intuitive way mashups created using content from sources server like Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, MapQuest or specific servers provided by your organization or anyone else.

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University of Alcala

The University of Alcalá’s Environmental Remote Sensing Group (UA-ERGS) consists of research group in the Geology, Geography and Environmental Sciences department. This research team has been very active in forest fire risk monitoring for the last 20 years, with relevant participation in different European and Spanish projects. A wide number of papers have been published within the fields of generating fire risk information from satellite remote sensing and spatial analysis in GIS. On the other hand, this group has experience working in wildland fire management tools.