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Simulation Tool Helps Prepare for Natural Disasters

Posted on Monday 8th June 2015 | First Responder & Security

A simulation tool developed under the European CRISMA project helps users to prepare for unexpected catastrophes and natural disasters. A pilot case in Finland focused on winter storms and the resulting power cuts and evacuations – and used modeling and simulation to assess various probable or fictional crises with immediate impacts on human lives and society, and the impact of various types of response and preparedness actions.

The tool was also used to simulate coastal flooding and submersion, earthquakes and the subsequent forest fires, chemical spills in inhabited areas and capacity management in the event of a catastrophe. Other simulations included the progress of coastal submersion in France, an earthquake in Italy, chemical spills in Israel, and catastrophe management in Germany.

Finnish participants in the project, which will be completed in August, include VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (which coordinated the simulations), the Emergency Services College, the Finnish Meteorological Institute and Insta DefSec Oy.

Research partners include Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur FÃ-rderung der angewandten Forschung e.V from Germany, AMRA Analysis and Monitoring of Environmental Risk from Italy, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH from Austria, the Association for the Development of Industrial Aerodynamics from Portugal and Tallinn University of Technology from Estonia. 

Authored by Ms. Lori Ponoroff
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