The Danube flood risk management and alerting platform

  • Project idea information

    Priority

    Environment and culture responsible Danube region - Strengthen transnational water management and flood risk prevention

    Project Idea Promoter
    (name of the institution)

    University of Niš

    Needs and challenges
    (Needs, main problems or challenges to be addressed)

    The intensity and frequency of natural disasters has risen permanently over the past decades, partly as a result of climate change, urbanisation, population growth and environmental degradation. Natural disasters significantly affects environment, causing extensive damage and obstruct progress towards sustainable development. Thus, the management of natural disasters became the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.
    While some natural disasters cannot be foreseen and/or prevented, much can be done to diminish and alleviate their human and economic consequences.
    Danube is one of the most important natural landmarks of Europe and in the same time one of the key topics in regards to flood risk management at European level. This opinion is confirmed by the fact that European Flood Alert System (EFAS) originate from countries in Danube region.
    The ongoing climate change of the last decade proved that a statistical approach in flood risk management, especially in t

    Objectives
    (main and specific objectives to be achieved)

    The main objectives of the project are development of the early warning systems technical platform for preventing flooding, and educate specialists for management and reduction of flooding according to the EU standards. Also, it is important to develop and implement public awareness campaigns and educational trainings, with intention to educate citizens how they can personally avoid or reduce the risk of flooding, typical for their living area. Thought flooding may be local, national, regional or global in scope, it is of essential importance to consider their local and specific characteristics to undertake adequate measures for their reduction.
    The proposed technical platform for the early warning system will determine the flood risk using data received from the water level sensors deployed on the river banks, the precipitation sensors and from the meteorological radar observation.

    Main results and core outputs

    The project will create a technical platform for flood risk management able to provide automated meteo-measurements, flood alert, estimate the precipitations and automated data collection.
    From the technical platform development point of view, there few main deliverables envisaged to be delivered:
    - Vision of the system
    - The system requirements
    - The prototype design document
    - Prototype of the system development
    - Prototype of automated meteo-measuring station
    - Flood alert product (spatial resolution 1km, short term forecast, radar involved)
    - Radar data usage for precipitation estimation
    - Evolutionary platform that can grow and improve using collected data
    - Web service that could provide customized flood alerts.
    Beside this, it is planed to be implemented a variety of courses, public awareness campaigns and educational trainings, with intention to educate experts and citizens how they can personally avoid or reduce the risk of flooding, typical for their living area.

    Main foreseen activities

    The main activities during the implementation of the projects are as follows:
    1) Project management and reporting to the EU Commission,
    2) Activities related to the media and publicity,
    3) Organization of courses, public awareness campaigns and educational trainings for flooding management. Trainings will be developed based on the survey of established EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
    4) Development of the Technical Specification for the new early warning and flooding management system,
    5) Development of the technical platform for the prevention and early warning and management of floods, based on GIS (Geographical Information System) technology,
    6) Development of a methodology for simulation and visualization of flooded areas in GIS,
    7) Presentation of research results at national and international scientific conferences and publication in international scientific journals,
    8) Training of all partner members for handling equipment and software for flooding management and early warning,
    9) The project website

    Innovative character of the project idea

    The research activities in this project will be focused on methodology definition for estimation of possible flood danger based on the data from various sensors, and technical platform design that can be applied for early warning, flood analysis and risk management. Platform will be based on a custom made GIS tool that provides support for using diverse data types, data conversion, visualization and analysis. The system will implement custom method that estimates precipitation and surface water on large areas based on real time data received from the water level sensors deployed on the river banks, the precipitation sensors and from the meteorological radar observation. Created results with terrain elevation model will be used as input for custom made GIS-based spatially distributed hydrological model. Surface water estimation and hydrological model could be easily improved or replaced. The system will launch a flood alert based on collected data. The system will provide alert notification service with differ

    Estimated Total Budget
    (in EUR)

    2 400 000

    Estimated duration
    (in months)

    36

  • Partners involved at this stage

    ERDF Partners

    No

    IPA Partners

    No

    Associated Strategic Partners

    No

  • Partners requested

    ERDF Partners

    Yes

    IPA Partners

    Yes

    Associated Strategic Partners

    Yes

  • Contact Person

    Name

    Prof. Dr. Dejan Rančić

    Address

    Univerzitetski trg 2, 18000 Niš

    Country

    Serbia

    Telephone number

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Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)