Extreme weather events in Greece- Summer 2018

Extreme weather events in Greece- Summer 2018

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This summer in Greece was quite unusual in comparison with previous years. Stronger north winds in August (but weaker in July), warmer seas in the Aegean Sea than the Ionian, lack of periods of very high temperatures, record heavy rains and very intense activity of lightening have characterized this summer at an unprecedented level. According to the Weather Observatory of the National Observatory of Athens, the seven most notable features of the summer of 2018 (June-July-August) in the Greece were: The number of days with strong northern winds (meltemia) in the Aegean in July was impressively low, with only eight days (the lowest number of days in the last ten years). On the contrary, this August was a month with a high frequency of strong northern winds (24 days of…
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3rd Newsletter of H2020 beAWARE’s project is online!

3rd Newsletter of H2020 beAWARE’s project is online!

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Check out our third newsletter with a lot of interesting information on: Developments regarding the project Many news on the extreme weather events of this summer in Europe, the new capacities coming from using drones and the academic researcher that show the necessity to adopt risk assessment plans Participation of beAWARE in events and conferences Updates from our workshop in ISCRAM News from our plenary meetings be AWARE for the next newsletter in few months, after our pilot in Thessaloniki on 19-21 November!! beAWARE- Newsletter 3o
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Drones to the rescue – bringing muscle to weather crisis management

Drones to the rescue – bringing muscle to weather crisis management

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  Barely a week goes by that we don’t see a hurricane, heatwave, earthquake, flood, or other catastrophic weather anomaly reported in the world news. Extreme weather phenomenon are becoming more and more prevalent, and I often wonder what technology local governments use to coordinate warnings, efforts, and instructions to civilians. Are they incorporating more recent tech like IoT, AI, wearables, drones, and crowdsourcing to handle crisis-management more efficiently? This past year I got my chance to find out and begin contributing to this transformation, along with colleagues from IBM Research and the EU. The beAWARE-EU funded consortium seeks to augment existing crisis management solutions with innovative technology that integrates improved forecasting, early warning systems, data aggregation, and management coordination for first responders and authorities. Where the drones come in Crisis management…
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Extreme weather events in the summer of 2018 in Europe

Extreme weather events in the summer of 2018 in Europe

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  This year all around the European peninsula, extreme weather phenomena altered the ordinary life and habits of millions of Europeans during the summertime. Starting from Northern Europe, throughout Scandinavia, many areas in Norway, Sweden and Finland hit all-time highs this summer. By analyzing data from weather stations in northern Europe, the researchers found that a high barometric barrier prevented the jet stream from blowing in northern Europe and kept away the heavy Atlantic clouds. As a result, for Denmark, June 2018 was the warmest of the last 26 years. July was the sunniest of all times, while the night of 30th to July 31st was the second warmest in the history of the country. In Finland, areas north of the Arctic Circle made a record of 33°C while the…
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beAWARE in “Days of Hydrology” in Rome

beAWARE in “Days of Hydrology” in Rome

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  On the 20th of June, in Rome, it took place the conference ‘Days of Hydrology’, organized by the Italian Society of Hydrology. This conference is considered as one of the most important in Italy regarding the Hydrology and it involves the main experts in this branch, from researchers to public authorities and private professionals. During the conference, one of the section was about new techniques to manage and reduce the risk from natural extreme events (in particular floods). Our distinctive partner AAWA had submitted an abstract for this session about beAWARE and the innovations carried by our project. The authors of this abstract were Michele Ferri, Daniele Norbiato, Giovanni Tomei, Francesca Lombardo, Francesco Zaffanella under the title ‘beAWARE: approccio innovativo per il supporto decisionale e la gestione integrata di…
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Second Newsletter is online!

Second Newsletter is online!

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The second issue of our newsletter is finally published online! Check the latest technical development of the beAWARE project; get informed about the latest news on climate change and other updates regarding the project, including participation in conferences and upcoming events that our consortium partners are organizing! To download the 2nd newsletter please click here Stay tuned for the third issue that is about to be published next month!
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Finland hot days

Finland hot days

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  According to our distinguished partner, the Finish Meteorological Institute, in Finland "hot days" are defined when the temperature goes above 25C. Normally, there are only a few hot days per year.  This year, however, there have already been more than average and we're only in May! The record May temperature for Finland is 31C. This year's maximum so far is 29.6C. The main heatwave of hot days lasted 7 days, although all of May has been warm, sunny and dry - to the point that there is already a fire risk across most of Finland.
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beAWARE-iReact joint workshop in ISCRAM

beAWARE-iReact joint workshop in ISCRAM

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Very interesting discussions (and full room!) in our 1st International Workshop on Intelligent Crisis Management Technologies for climate events – ICMT in in conjunction with the 15th International Conference on INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR CRISIS RESPONSE AND MANAGEMENT “Visualizing Crisis” https://iscram2018.rit.edu 
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