Working Schedule.

The thematic work is carried out in the framework of four Work Packages (WPs):


WP3 - State-of-the art analysis and methodology.

A comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art and best-practices will be developed and compared with the declared needs of stakeholders.
Agreement on harmonised methodology, for both hazard maps and contingency plans, will improve knowledge transfer. Special attention will be given to needs of decision making and risk communication in different phases of disaster management. Methodology will rely on the combination of innovative technologies, formalised expert know-how and optimised practical work-flows.
General and regional requirements will be fully considered, based on the relevance of test-beds and stakeholders involved.
One focus will be on common communication standards. Guidelines for the communication of complex information, like forecasts and warnings, will improve understanding and individual responsibility of people addressed. Ultimately, these technical, organisational and communication guidelines will allow efficient co-operation in real-time beyond national borders.


Risk management cycle (adapted from PLANALP)

Risk management cycle (adapted from PLANALP)


WP4 - Development of SEE-CSA (Continous Situation Awareness) will be based on the outcomes of WP3.

The SEES-CSA  tool will consist of several components and modules for supporting users in planning tasks, situation assessment, decision making and communication/documentation. These modules can be used in a flexible combination and extended according to region specific needs. The development work will consist of:

  • definition and use of clearly defined components, which can be integrated in a flexible way (secure interoperability by standard interfaces)
  • use of existing (open-source) standard compatible components, whereever feasible (secure cost efficiency and long-term usability)
  • Standards used include OpenGIS definitions (like WMS, WFS, sensor web), user interface best practice and specific thematic standards (from emergency and natural hazards fields). Projects capitalised upon include large scale research projects (ORCHESTRA, WIN, OASIS, SANY).


    WP5 - Implementation

    The Project methodology and CSA will be implemented in test-beds in characteristic SEE regions, with similar exposure to mountain hazards and/or floods. Disaster management practice in the SEES region will be improved by:

  • generating, updating and communicating contingency plans&hazard maps
  • use of CSA for publication of plans and for generating feedback from stakeholders
  • testing plans and CSA modules under field conditions

    Participatory approaches for plan development will be the guiding principle

  • based on practical experience
  • under different conditions (legislative, normative, environmental)
  • and for different requirements (hazard type, stakeholder, real-time, ease-of-use)
  • Practical implementation issues are tested in field simulation events, attached to pre-scheduled field excercises and in one project field test. For the latter, a greek-bulgarian border area was choosen, representing all relevant problems.


    WP6 - Evaluation and recommendation

    In order to secure the use of project results beyond project duration and achieve impact, an evaluation from the practical viewpoint will be carried out. Emphasise lies on intensive stakeholder involvement by means of meetings, practice tests and questionnaires.
    The results of evaluation will feed into recommendations for implementation procedures by different stakeholders (authorities, emergency services) and include detailed guidelines. These guidelines are based on WP3-methodology outputs, adapted to the needs of stakeholders and consider the practical experiences of WP5-implementation. Guidelines include warning and communication procedures, symbology for mapping and presentation and plan implementation procedures.
    Proposals for legal and organisational improvements will show the way forward to a harmonised implementation, considering EU and national law and the institutional setting.