FLORIS (Innovative tools for improving FLood risk reductiOn stRategIeS) project aims at studying innovative approaches for the development of integrated flood risk scenarios considering the specific critical issues of areas at risk and the consequences of high frequency/low damage events that affect them.
In particular, the main idea is to develop a supporting decision tool for the comparative analysis of disaster reduction strategies in flood risk management, able to support various actors (Civil Protection, municipalities, administrations, professionals, etc.) in planning and design measures to improve all aspects of risk management under different and variable risk scenarios including climate and global change
The action foresees three main specific objectives which can be subdivided in progressive steps, in particular:
1. Developing innovative modelling for cascading effects of flood hazard to improve flood risk management actions with a specific interest on studying the functional vulnerability of critical infrastructures to reduce disruptive impacts during and after flood events
2. Applying and refining the designed approach for protocol development planning in each case study
3. Supporting Civil Protection in disaster prevention by providing a spendable procedure for human resources management during emergencies, in rescuing actions
The main expected result of the project is the improvement in co-operation between flood risk management partners and joint working to produce solutions to identified risks and problems, by sharing their own competencies and available approaches and tools, with a particular focus on ensuring that activities and initiatives are effective and sustainable.
In the immediate term, the project partners will be the first beneficiaries of the action, by improving their awareness, knowledge and procedures. Civil Protection Public bodies in charge of flood risk management and professional partners will immediately follow in benefit from the results through codevelopement with the project partners, acquiring a use-friendly chain where all necessary information related to the management of resources for rescuing activities, for well defined flood event scenarios, are collected and organised.
The project will improve flood risk management actions covering two important necessities of emergency managers. First improving their awareness on flood consequences, through the clear definition of event scenarios including the effects of frequent floods (not considered in EU Directives).
Second supplying an implemantable procedure for the identification of the direct and disruptive impacts of flooding. For example alternative routes, both for people who need to reach strategic buildings and rescuers who need to assist the population even when the scenarios indicate that routes may be disrupted and personnel isolated.
The following figure shows the logical structure of the action:
WP1 will organize, manage and coordinate all the activities in the Action. WP2 will design the platform for the simulation tools (models, methods, etc. …) of the problem; models are specifically defined in WP3, WP4, WP5 and validated in WP7 based on data from the case study defined in WP6; Specific activities (in WP7) are devoted to validate the procedure. WP8 organizes a set of “participate dissemination” activities that actively involve stakeholders and other actors. Output of WP8 are inputs (feedbacks) for a correct validation of the entire procedure.