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…
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…
31 years after the great heatwave of 1987 in Greece, that left many dead, today, projects such as beAWARE offer solutions so that state authorities can be properly prepared and inform the public about the relief places in which they can be protected.
First day of the review preparation meeting is underway in Brussels at KoWi_EU ! Presentations of the work packages are being shown to the entire consortium, with valuable feedback and improvements before the review meeting tomorrow. Stay tuned!
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…
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!
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.
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
Finland is experiencing an unusual rise of temperature higher than the normal level for this time of the year. Our partner, the Finish Meteorological Institute (FMI) has issued a warning for forest fire due to the dry terrain and temperatures that in some part of the country will exceed the 30C, a temperature far above normal compared to statistics between 1961 and 1990. beAWARE system, except being present in this heatwave for its 4th Plenary meeting, will provide all the necessary tools for early warning and more efficient measures to tackle with this phenomena. Source: FMI
Day 2 of our review preparation meeting has recently started! The presentations are moving on, with comments and fruitful conversations for improvements. Be AWARE for more updates later on!