Good News from Mon, 11 June, 2012:

VTT-led project aims to reduce disaster impact

Researchers hope to improve our response to crises Researchers hope to improve our response to crises

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is coordinating a European project designed to save lives and minimise damage to property in times of crisis.

The CRISMA project is developing a planning tool to help the authorities, emergency services, communities and private individuals prioritise the most important measures which need to be taken in the event of natural disasters, toxic emissions, forest fires and aircraft accidents.

The project will simulate the effects of different actions, helping decision-makers to prepare for disasters and identify the most efficient responses.

It will also be possible to use the simulation tools in planning collaboration among organisations or geographical areas. At present, many computer systems used in this type of work are not compatible.

The CRISMA project is funded from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme. The project’s total budget is 14.4 million euros, of which EU funding accounts for 10.1 million euros. The project ends in August 2015.

Research partners are Germany’s Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung, Italy’s Analysis and Monitoring of Environmental Risk, the Austrian Institute of Technology, the Association for the Development of Industrial Aerodynamics in Portugal, Tallinn University of Technology  in Estonia, and the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

The consortium also includes end users such as the Emergency Services College in Finland as well as industrial representatives.