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HEIMDALL: a technological solution for floods and multi-hazard management support

Battiston, Stephanie and Friedemann, Monika and Barth, Benjamin and Vendrell, Jordi and Martinis, Sandro and Pignone, Flavio and Nedim, Jasic and Massucchielli, Lorenzo and Milla Gascon, Daniel and Clandillon, Stephen (2020) HEIMDALL: a technological solution for floods and multi-hazard management support. FLOODrisk 2020, 31.08 - 04.09.2020, Budaprest.

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Managing floods and other disasters usually involves multiple emergency management organisations, even jurisdictions and countries for cross-border events. Cascading effects can amplify the degree and complexity of disaster situations. This imposes a high need and degree of inter-organisational communication and cooperation during response and preparedness phases between stakeholders. However, studies have revealed that collective interoperability is not sufficiently achieved, which reduces the ability to perform collaborative activities. The Horizon 2020-funded project HEIMDALL (Multi-Hazard Cooperative Management Tool for Data Exchange, Response Planning and Scenario Building) aims to improve immediate and long-term collaborative strategic planning on a regional scale among the affected disaster risk management and response stakeholders. The objective is to provide decision makers and other stakeholders a platform offering a wide range of tools to support emergency management, in particular different activities in the response planning process for complex multi-hazard crisis situations realised through scenarios. The platform can support flood response by modelling and forecasting the hazard impact, also providing inputs on potential cascading effects. HEIMDALL is the fruit of a variety of technological specialists and end-users collaborating which addresses as best as possible the requirements of the diverse actors involved in disaster risk management. The system is designed in a modular approach, using various data sources as inputs and proposing a set of services that can be useful for control centres, first responders and local populations during preparedness and response. The platform integrates space-based, ground-based and aerial-based data in order to forecast and monitor disaster events. It also includes operational and external data sources to provide major inputs to emergency coordination. The Scenario Management service supports decision makers in building, storing, reviewing and comparing realistic and multidisciplinary scenarios and in tracking decisions, measures taken and lessons learnt. Modelling and Simulation forecast the hazard behaviour based on the existing input data. The Risk and Vulnerability service delivers specific products based on Earth Observation and simulations, assessing the physical and human exposure and impacts. Situation Assessment integrates all relevant information sources to provide a sound and clear composite picture of the evolving situation. Decision Support generates the information base for decisions related to response-oriented tasks such as contingency management. These functionalities provide the possibility for the end users to perform an analysis of many possible scenarios and to adapt their response strategies accordingly, bearing in mind potential future situations. The system is demonstrated on flood events in Italy and Scotland

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/132069/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:HEIMDALL: a technological solution for floods and multi-hazard management support
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Friedemann, MonikaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7383-1196UNSPECIFIED
Barth, BenjaminUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0233-4667UNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 1-12
Keywords:Disaster Managegement, Flood, Scenario Building, Prepardess, Responseplaning
Event Title:FLOODrisk 2020
Event Location:Budaprest
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:31.08 - 04.09.2020
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Communication and Navigation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R KN - Kommunikation und Navigation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Multimedia Satellitennetze (old), R - Geoproducts and systems, services
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Geo Risks and Civil Security
Institute of Communication and Navigation > Satellite Networks
Deposited By: Barth, Benjamin
Deposited On:04 Dec 2019 13:12
Last Modified:29 Mar 2023 00:44

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