Vision and Objectives

In the context of increasing the number and severity of emergencies caused by natural disasters, industrial accidents, humanitarian crisis situations or extreme atmospheric and spatial phenomena, it is becoming increasingly necessary to effectively solve their management in an integrated approach covering all the specific stages of prevention, crisis management and restoration of affected areas.

The main problems to be solved are: providing a complex geospatial database and visualization, processing and analysis tools; inventory of risk areas, as well as the existing and necessary instruments for managing disasters and major crises; integrated situation analysis at local, national and regional level; facilitating the access to these informational resources to organizations with major crisis and disaster prevention responsibilities; substantiating national and regional policies and initiatives in the field; integration and capitalization of national expertise in support areas such as geo-spatial, geodesy, cartography, photogrammetry, remote sensing, astrophysics, optical and video data processing, security and IT & C.

Based on the General (OG) and Specific (OS) Objectives of the Terms of Reference, the project has proposed the following measurable objectives:

  • O1. Developing an integrated information and data management system (hardware and software) and emergency management, including generating and managing alerts, dedicated to crisis prevention and disaster response structures. (OG1, OG2)
  • O2. Developing within the system of support tools for the implementation of FAST MAPPING techniques, in order to generate risk maps in due time, to assess the damage to various types of risks. (OG2)
  • O3. Developing of tools for registering in the proposed system, for visualization, processing and reporting of events, current and historical, to create a reference database. (OS1, OS6)
  • O4. Taking over and processing within the system of information from various data sources (e.g., air, satellite, space, in-situ, aerial and terrestrial photos, data from social networks etc.) specific to various types of disasters, including image digitization. (OS2, OS3, OS6, OS7)
  • O5. Taking over and processing information from European systems for managing satellite data, products and services generated by Copernicus (satellite data via DHUS, Scihub, Land Monitoring Service, Emergency Management Service, Atmospheric Monitoring Service, Maritime Environment Monitoring Service, Climate Change Service, Security Service, DIAS). (OS4)
  • O6. Taking over and processing within the system of data from emergency management systems managed by public authorities, as well as from various databases maintained by other organizations (e.g., risk maps from RO-RISK, data regarding forests from ICAS, earthquake data from INFP etc.). (OS5)
  • O7. Developing within the system of innovative tools for archiving, searching, viewing and processing satellite data using the relevant metadata and making it available to end-users according to defined access rights. (OS6)
  • O8. Developing of innovative services for the analysis, evaluation and monitoring of emergencies, crisis and natural disasters (e.g., floods, drought, landslides, earthquakes, security, space events, search and rescue, extreme weather phenomena etc.), whose finished products will be delivered by project partners through the DIAS like architecture of the proposed system. (OS6)
  • O9. Developing tools for management and integration within the system of search and rescue alerts from the Galileo satellite constellation through Mission Control Centres. (OS9)
  • O10. Developing in-situ observation component based on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) equipped with visible / thermal optical / video cameras to provide real-time information from disaster areas. (OS3)
  • O11. Developing a component of intelligent governance / management of various requests for the use of the system, its data and services in general or in emergencies, as well as internal and external information flows. (OS8)

For each measurable objective, the correspondence with the specific objectives of the Terms of Reference is mentioned and their full coverage is established. As the level of achievement of these objectives, the project aims to demonstrate the maturity of the solution by carrying out a prototype tested in a real-life environment (TRL 6).

In the project analysis phase, a set of relevant system outputs will be selected for each type of service, in agreement with the beneficiary, by which the prototype functionality will be validated.