TRIBUTE

TRIBUTE: TRIgger BUffers for inundaTion Events

 

Proposal responding to

2016 call for proposals for projects on

prevention and preparedness

Civil Protection Financial Instrument

Coordinating Beneficiary:

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS (EL)

Beneficiaries:

NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS (EL) ARATOS-SYSTEMS (NL)

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE, COOPERATION AND ACTION (IT)

ANYSOLUTION (ES)

UNIVERSITAT DE LES ILLES BALEARS UNIVERSITY OF ARCHITECTURE, CIVIL

ENGINEERING AND GEODESY IN SOFIA (BG)

The impacts of climate change – including an increase in prolonged periods of heavy downpours, extreme precipitation rates and river overflows– are already affecting communities, economies, cultural heritage and public health across Europe. The recent socioeconomic and environmental impacts of extreme flooding in Ireland, the UK, and central Europe are testimony to the disastrous impacts that such future hazards are likely to pose. Managing inundation risk requires prevention measures in close cooperation with Civil Protection Authorities. To that end, TRIBUTE aims to help Europe-wide national, regional and local CP authorities answer the following vital question in case of flooding: “Should I initiate an evacuation and how long do I have to evacuate safely?”. The answer to the above question is unique per selected area, as not all sites are equally prone to flooding. Having an evacuation plan in place before a flood occurs can help avoid confusion as well as prevent injuries and damages. One technique used for assessing the time that an evacuation should be recommended is the so-called ‘trigger buffer’. An evacuation trigger buffer is a pre-established boundary that circumscribes an area in such a way that when floodwaters (incl. waters, sediment, contaminated waters and pollution) coming from any direction cross the buffer, an evacuation is recommended. TRIBUTE software tool that will be delivered as a web service and as a mobile application, will be fed with current estimates of downpour hazards from satellites and information on the vulnerability and coping capacity for the threatened site. The service will have pan-European coverage and will be tested extensively in three pilot areas with different characteristics, including cross-border and multi- threat. TRIBUTE has rich training, dissemination and exploitation activities to promote the concept to the stakeholders.