This project has a strong focus on emergency response in the context of environmental management. The two demonstrator products of the project - fire risk management in Spain and flood and surge management in the southern UK - have both been chosen for their high profile, substancial impact and significant requirement for near real-time status reports, scenarios and options appraisals. Furthermore, both of them assume the integration of system and user, and a mashup of physical and socio-economic data.
These applications are being designed wherever possible to meet the needs of end users, and aim to develop integrated approaches to real-time, near real-time, baseline and modeled data -including notions such as sea defence status and time-variant aspects of social vulnerability at the coast - such as the varying risk to assets and people at different time of day and the varying load of traffic on access roads.
In surge management in the Southern UK, the real-time data will feed sophisticated models of sea state, flood height and surge so as to present users with meaningful output information rather than raw input data. In fire risk management, the real-time data will be mashed up with the resuts of the execution of existing fire risk models over raw data taken from satellites, so as to provide more accurate and timely details of the real conditions in an area at a given point in time.