FLOODIS tests capacity of flood information service on the sensitive Livenza river in Italy

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The final end-user validation workshop and the field testing are part of the planned activities of the EU project FLOODIS (Integrating GMES Emergency Services with satellite navigation and communication for establishing a flood information service). The event jointly organised by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), the Civil Protection Department of the Region Veneto in Italy, will take place on 11 September 2015 with the support of the project partners and the AAWA Alto Adriatic Water Authority.

The field testing, of paramount importance for the final evaluation of the project,  will check FLOODIS system core ability to send back actual information about the situation “in the field”, providing up-to-date, local information to disaster management centres, civil protection agencies, emergency response units, as well as affected citizens.

The FLOODIS prototype system was demonstrated to end-users for the first time in the Shkodra region of Albania in July.  The area around the city of Shkodra, to the south of Lake Shkodra, was badly hit by floods in 2010. The team will demonstrate the system to representatives of the General Directorate for Civil Emergencies, with the support of the Red Cross of Albania. CIMA Research Foundation Albania and IGEWE have also assisted the team with the necessary data inputs for a simulated flood occurrence.  

UNESCO has been in charge of interfacing with the User Committee in Veneto, Italy, to organize field testing on the river Livenza, particularly in the nearby towns of Motta  and Meduna di Livenza, one of the river’s most sensitive urban spots. The area has been under frequent and increasing flood risk from the above-mentioned historical floods until the last serious event recorded in February 2014.

In order to carry out the test, FLOODIS will work on a virtual scenario reproducing a flood event in the area with real water level data as recorded by two different gauge stations (Meduna di Livenza and Motta di Livenza) during the flood in the autumn of 2010. Using these data, and deriving a hypothetical levee breach scenario, the maximum water level and flooded areas extension are computed by means of a 2Dhydrodinamicmodel. The in-field test of FLOODIS will involve the mayors of the above towns with their volunteers, along with the director of the Civil Protection Department of the Regione Veneto (Italy).

The demonstration will be followed by a FLOODIS workshop that will see the participation of those departments and agencies forming the User Committee in Veneto. They will be called on to assess and validate (by means of a questionnaire) the related field testing and provide a consistent feedback for the completion of the Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA), to be used as a basis for future development of the FLOODIS solution also in other areas.

The validation workshop undertaken with the Civil Protection Department of the Region of Veneto and the User Committee. will provide first-hand users’ feedback on the fresh testing of FLOODIS

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FLOODIS (Integrating GMES Emergency Services with satellite navigation and communication for establishing a flood information service) is a collaborative European Community project, led by ISMB based in Turin, and funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-SPACE-2013-1), to provide a flood information service aimed at better addressing and mitigating crisis situations arising before, during and after heavy flooding.

 

Website: http://www.floodis.eu/