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VI. Crisis management and resilience

34. JRC Support to the European regions in the area of Resilience

Type of service

Assisting regions and cities in improving their level of resilience through better modelling capabilities. This is done using the capabilities of a computer platform called Geospatial Risk and Resilience Assessment Platform (GRRASP). It models critical infrastructure interdependencies and assesses the economic impact of infrastructure disruption.

35. Early Warning Systems for Natural Hazards

Type of service

The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) is part of EU support to Member States to address disasters including meteorological hazards, geophysical hazards, deliberate and accidental man-made disasters and other humanitarian disasters. The products developed and managed by the Commission's Joint Research Centre include

  • Forest fire/floods/droughts early warning and monitoring
  • On-demand, high-resolution maps derived from satellite remote sensing for the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery to disasters

Three modules constitute the Copernicus Emergency Management Service: The European Flood Awareness System (EFAS), the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) and the Copernicus EMS – Mapping, a satellite imagery tool which provides maps and analyses before, during, or after a disaster. Similarly, the European Droughts Observatory (EDO) provides information on droughts and heatwaves.

36. Population-based Registries for Epidemiological Studies

Type of service

Provision of evidence-based EU health data on cancer and rare diseases. The JRC is harmonising cancer health data by i) developing and providing quality-checks software to more than 160 registries in the European Network of Cancer Registries (ENCR) and ii) hosting a central registry for all European countries (regions). Similar efforts are being taken in the field of rare diseases including networks on congenital anomalies (EUROCAT) and cerebral palsy (SCPE).As the custodian of EU-aggregated data for cancer and rare diseases, the JRC will soon (1-2 years) introduce linkage between geographical position and epidemiological parameters. This will unleash the potential of the data for multifaceted epidemiological studies at regional and even local levels.

37. New tools to support measures against tree pests

Type of service

To support the measures against harmful tree pests, JRC is developing a set of analytical tools that use remote sensing and models to better detect and understand epidemics of tree diseases.

Identifying industrial accident risks due to natural hazards

Type of service

An online risk assessment tool (called RAPID-N) which aims to support local and regional authorities in the assessment and visualisation of industrial accident risks due to natural hazards (known as "Natech risks"). RAPID-N allows the quick analysis of natural hazard impacts on industrial installations and critical infrastructure that process, store or transport hazardous materials, at local (single asset) or regional (multiple assets) level with a minimum of input data. The consequences of damage induced by natural hazard impact are modelled and quantitative estimates of consequence severity and likelihood are provided. Technical assistance and training on using RAPID-N and on Natech risk management can also be provided.

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