20.01.2014 - UNESCO Venice Office

User Committee Workshop: End Users Requirements for FLOODIS

© FLOODIS - Overview of FLOODIS mechanism from a users’ perspective

A FLOODIS user requirement workshop is organized by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), on 21 January 2014 at the Disaster Management Centre of the Civil Protection Department of the Veneto Region in Marghera, Italy.

The User Committee Workshop on End Users Requirements for FLOODIS will be hosted and attended by the Civil Protection Department of the Region of Veneto, with the participation of the Research Institute for Geo-hydrological Protection (IRPI) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), the Regional Environmental Protection Agency (ARPAV) and the Alto Adriatic Water Authority (AAWA).This event is a follow-up to the setting up of User Committee for flooding alert system in Veneto and Albania during a first user consultation meeting organized by the UNESCO Venice Office on 25-26 November 2013.

The main goal of the FLOODIS project is to develop a platform that will alert professional users and citizens of an impending disaster and subsequently provide them with regular updates and additional information, such as geographical information (maps layers via mobile mapping application) concerning the disaster. Under this project, the disaster alert and information will focus on flood events, but the system can be extended to other types of disasters in the future.

In order to increase inclusiveness and inflow-outflow communication between the project partners and the end users, the User Committee (UC) has been devised. Its contribution will be substantial with the specific goal to provide recommendations for the FLOODIS service use and ‘translate’ these into technical requirements for the EO-based flood information and GNSS (GEO gateway), mobile platform development (mobile APP).

The UC will be also important at the test stage of the pre-operational phase of FLOODIS Service Platform in order to allow end users inclusiveness and operationalize their recommendations aimed at a successful testing and possibly consider its extensibility in other areas at risk.

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FLOODIS is a collaborative European Community project, funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-SPACE-2013-1), to provide a flood information service that aims at better addressing and mitigating crisis situations arising before, during and after heavy flooding.

FLOODIS will utilize services like GIO-EMS (GMES/Copernicus European Emergency Service) and EFAS (European Flood Awareness Service), to produce alerting and management information on the occurring flood events with high-accuracy, location-based information from the Disaster Management Civil Protection Agencies and possibly selected citizens, acting as “human sensors”. The FLOODIS solution aims to close a critical gap for Disaster Management teams and Emergency Response Units by providing a centralized comprehensive platform to collect, store and elaborate the information related to the emergency events coming from different sources, including user generated content.

Website: http://www.floodis.eu/

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