The extreme weather events of 2017 in Greece

The extreme weather events of 2017 in Greece

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The meteorological service of the National Observatory of Athens announced the record of the temperature, rainfall and wind speed recorded during 2017 in Greece.

According to the NOA’s automatic weather station network, the temperature of 45.9 degrees Celsius recorded at Mires Heraklion on July 17, 2017, was the absolute maximum temperature of last year, but also the highest maximum temperature recorded in nearly 13 years its operation.

Also, the absolute minimum temperature in residential areas was -18.8 degrees Celsius in Florina on January 12, 2017, while the maximum wind gust was recorded in Paxi and was 133.6 km / h.

The maximum daily rainfall was in Platanias, Crete, on 26/10/2017, reaching 242mm. On an annual basis, the maximum rainfall occurred last year in Zagora Pelion, which received a total of 2,068 millimeters of rain. The minimum annual rainfall was recorded in Mykonos (242 mm throughout 2017),

The most notable finding was the temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius recorded in Argos on 13/5/2017, which is the highest temperature ever recorded for the month of May.

Source: Meteo.gr

New deadline for submission of papers for ISCRAM 2018

New deadline for submission of papers for ISCRAM 2018

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New submission deadline! The final date for the submission of papers for the participation in the ISCRAM2018 has been rescheduled for 28th of January!
beAWARE project, in collaboration with I-React and AnywhereH2020, is organizing a workshop during the annual international conference ISCRAM2018 in Rochester, NY on May 20-23, The subject of the workshop is on information systems for crisis response and management of climate disasters including fires, floods, earthquakes and heatwaves.
For any additional information on the conference, or the submission process, click the following links:
https://iscram2018.rit.edu/submissions
https://www.conftool.pro/iscram2018/

1st International Workshop on Intelligent Crisis Management Technologies for climate events

1st International Workshop on Intelligent Crisis Management Technologies for climate events

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beAWARE together with IReact and ANYWHERE organizes the 1st International Workshop on Intelligent Crisis Management Technologies for climate events – ICMT - in May 20th, 2018 http://mklab.iti.gr/icmt2018/ in conjunction with the 15th International Conference on INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR CRISIS RESPONSE AND MANAGEMENT “Visualizing Crisis” https://iscram2018.rit.edu

Third plenary meeting in Haifa

Third plenary meeting in Haifa

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The third plenary meeting of the beAWARE project in Haifa, with the participation of the entire consortium, offered many interesting presentations and a great opportunity for all partners to catch up with their respecting colleagues. We would like to thank our host IBM for their excellent hospitality, and all the participants for the dedicated time in the presentations, discussions and meetings.

Floods in Northern Italy

Floods in Northern Italy

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Heavy rains that fell the weekend of 10th and 11th of September in Northern Italy caused severe flooding in Tuscany region.

The areas worst hit were the Spezia region and the picturesque Five Lands tourist destination, where up to 500 millimetres of rain fell in just a few hours overnight.Four members of one family trapped in their basement apartment died in the city of Livorno, which was taken on the brunt of the flooding. In total, 6 people were report dead and 2 missing.

Sources: CNN, La Repubblica

Heatwaves in West and South Europe

Heatwaves in West and South Europe

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In the end of June, Europe experienced one of the most intense heatwave in the meteorological recording history. Britain sustained its warmest June day since of 1976 and France suffered the hottest June night ever on the 21st century. Similarly, the Netherlands faced its hottest June on record while in Switzerland it was the second warmest month since 1864.

In Greece, temperatures were risen up to 45-46 degrees Celsius in the shadow across the country. To make matters worse, the heat index (the real feeling of the temperature) was a couple of degrees higher than the previous mentioned temperatures due to the increased humidity. In some cities, the thermometer was showing even 60 degrees Celsius under the sun.

According to World Weather Attribution (an international coalition of scientists that calculates the role of climate change in extreme weather events), human-caused climate change dramatically increased the likelihood of the extreme heatwave up to 10 times in many parts of Europe. Their study indicated that in countries like Spain, Portugal and France, climate change could be increasing the chances of extreme heat by up to 40 times.

beAWARE can play a vital role in the response of these extreme weather tendencies. Its early warning system regarding the upcoming phenomenon, combined with the coordination platform and cooperation mechanism between the different civil services and first responders, can provide significant assistance in taking the necessary measures in order to avoid past problems and address the heatwave more efficiently.

Sources: BBC, REUTERS, Kathimerini

Forest fires in Portugal

Forest fires in Portugal

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Unfortunately, the extremely high temperatures were the causing factor behind the fires that hit the Iberian Peninsula, resulting severe human loses. In Portugal, 64 people died in huge forest fires, while in Spain 1,500 people were forced to evacuate by forest blazes caused by the extreme weather conditions.

In June 2017, Portugal faced one of the most tragic forest fires in its history. The fire in Pedrógão Grande ravaged 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) of forest, killed 64 people and injured more than 250. Many of those who died were killed in their cars as they were trying to flee the flames.

According to the Guardian, more than 1500 forest firefighters were battling to control the wildfires, and many European countries like Spain and France sent forces to assist the efforts. (https://goo.gl/zL5Agf)

Sources: The Guardian, BBC, Express.co.uk

 

Forest fires Spain

Forest fires Spain

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On the 24th of June a fire started in Spain in Moguer region in Huelva, Andalucía.

The fire forced the reallocation of more than 2.000 people and threatened an UNESCO World Heritage site of more than 107.000 hectares of extreme ecological value and endangered species.

Over 550 firefighters, soldiers and police officers with the support of 21 air units are combating this blaze.

beAWARE tools can be used in all of the phases in dealing with fire emergency. The system technologies will help in the early stages of the development of fires and support decision makers in the emergency management system.It will also use forecast and warning systems in the handling of the public and influence on their behaviour to minimize risk of fire.

 

Sources: Express.co.uk