The objective of IncREO is to provide actors responsible for civil protection and disaster management with EO-based solutions contributing to an improved preparedness and mitigation planning for areas highly vulnerable to natural disasters and already noticeable climate change trends. These solutions will be adjusted to the users’ needs and will also reflect on short-term climate change scenarios and related legislature – both on national, supranational and European level. As a multi-risk designed project per se any type of natural disaster is addressed. However, selected use cases (dam failure, storm surge and wave height, flood and landslide) and the transfer of solutions to a specifically multi-risk prone test site are covered as well. Furthermore, emphasis is placed on “assets mapping” which is understood here as geo-locating monetary values per area unit (e.g. €/m²). From a technical point of view the IncREO solutions will be based on state-of-the-art methodologies, implemented by means of up-to-date mapping and modelling / procedures and finally appropriately disseminated to the relevant stakeholder groups.

What is the project designed to achieve?

The project is designed to achieve a significant contribution to the operational capacities in the GMES/Copernicus context by developing customized mapping and geo-information products ready for deployment in the prevention and preparedness phases – as a complementary to the Emergency Management (crisis) Service of the GMES Initial Operations. For this achievement the transferability of solutions to other geographical areas is essential and will be dealt with in IncREO.

Why is this project important for Europe and how does it benefit European citizens?

IncREO is important for Europe because it contributes to an up-to-date assessment of areas vulnerable to natural disaster(s) incl. state-of-the-art mapping and thus supporting civil protection, disaster management and spatial planning actors which is after all for the benefit of every single European citizen. The latter applies also to the project’s assets mapping approach, as it is providing cross-border and regional/local solutions.

How does the project exceed the current state of knowledge?

By reviewing existing GMES/Copernicus solutions and defining those as a starting point. Progress will then be achieved by the use of new EO data with higher resolution (e.g. Pleiades), refined mapping concepts (e.g. assets mapping) and customized workflows (e.g. for producing [multi-]risk and vulnerability maps). The analysis of newly available EO-based products (e.g. terrain data) for risk-related applications is object of research, too.

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