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NEAMTWS Research Projects

National institutions actively involved in the ICG/NEAMTWS participate in a number of research projects funded by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme addressing tsunamis in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas. Such projects have a direct relevance to the NEAMTWS.

SCHEMA (Scenarios for Hazard-induced Emergencies Management)
Objective: technique and the results for defining vulnerability criteria and producing tsunami impact maps in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Black Sea
Duration: 36 months
Start date: 1 August 2007
Ended June 2010
Coordinator:  GSC - Geosciences Consultants

SAFER (Seismic Early Warning for Europe)
Objective: exploiting the possibilities offered by real-time analysis of the signals coming from seismic networks, with applications in Mediterranean cities including Istanbul, Athens, Naples and Cairo.
Budget: €3.6 million
Duration: 30 months
Start date: 15 June 2006
Coordinator: GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam  (Germany)

SEAHELLARC (Seismic and Tsunami Risk Assessment and Mitigation Scenarios in the Western Hellenic Arc)
Objective: establishing a realtime onshore/offshore network of seismic and tsunami observations focusing on the Hellenic Arc and investigate early warning scenarios for the western Peloponnes.
Budget: €1.3 million
Duration: 36 months
Start date: 1 June 2006
Coordinator: Hellenic Centre for Marine Research  (Greece)

NEAREST (Integrated Observations from Near Shore Sources of Tsunamis: toward an early warning system)
Objective: identification and characterization of large potential tsunami sources located near the Gulf of Cadiz and improvement of near realtime detection of signals for a tsunami early warning system.
Budget: €2.85 million
Duration: 36 months
Start date: 1 September 2006
Ended March 2010
Coordinator: Istituto di Scienze del Mare, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche  (Italy)

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has developed the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) which is issuing rapid information about potential emergencies, including caused by tsunamis. GDACS is currently being complemented with a near real-time tsunami model which will allow assessing the travel time and the height of the tidal wave.  

The European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON) conducted a study on the Spatial Effects and Management of Natural and Technological Risks in Europe, including tsunamis and storm surges. The project, finalized in 2006, aimed at identifying the spatial risk patterns of natural and technological hazards in administrative regions on NUTS 3 level (the 3rd level of the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics corresponds to local administrative units). 


Source: European Commission

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