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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 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)

TRANSFER (Tsunami Risk and Strategies for the European Region)
Objective: contributing to our understanding of tsunami processes in the Euro-Mediterranean region, to the tsunami hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment.
Budget: €3.3 million
Duration: 30 months
Start date: 1 September 2006
Ended September 2009
Coordinator: University of Bologna

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Assessment, STrategy And Risk Reduction for Tsunamis in Europe (ASTARTE) 

Objective: The ultimate goal of ASTARTE is to reach a higher level of tsunami resilience in the NEAM (North East Atlantic & Mediterranean) region, to improve preparedness of coastal populations, and, ultimately, to save lives and assets. 

Start date: 1 November 2013

Duration: 36 Months

Coordinator: Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, IPMA

Source: European Commission

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