SYNER-G: Systemic Seismic Vulnerability and Risk Analysis for Buildings, Lifeline Networks and Infrastructures Safety Gain
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The project IRIS (Industrial Safety and Life Cycle Engineering) focused on diverse main safety problems in the industrial sector in order to transform the specific requirements into integrated and knowledge-based safety technologies, standards and services. The project was led and driven by the industry to consolidate and generate knowledge and technologies enabling the integration of new safety concepts related to technical, human, organizational and cultural aspects.



STREST focuses on earthquakes, tsunamis, geotechnical effects and floods, and on three principal Critical Infrastructure classes: (a) individual, single-site, high risk infrastructures, (b) distributed and/or geographically extended infrastructures with potentially high economic and environmental impact, and (c) distributed, multiple-site infrastructures with low individual impact but large collective impact or dependencies.

STREST works with key European CIs, to test and apply the developed stress test methodologies to specific CIs, chosen to typify general classes of CIs.


SafeLand will develop generic quantitative risk assessment and management tools and strategies for landslides at local, regional, European and societal scales and establish the baseline for the risk associated with landslides in Europe, to improve our ability to forecast landslide hazard and detect hazard and risk zones.
In its first phase CapHaz-Net departs from a thematic structure covering established concepts in social scientific research on natural hazards. Aim of this thematic phase is to develop an overview about the current state-of-art of research with regard to the social dimension of ‘natural’ hazards and disasters. By doing this we want to overcome the present fragmentation of different research topics and to also identify gaps in research.
The main objective of MATRIX is to develop methods and tools to tackle multiple natural hazards within a common framework.
This will allow future analysts to optimise the risk assessment process, will contribute to rationalising data management for hazards and vulnerability reduction, and will support cost-effective decisions on structural and non-structural mitigation/adaptation measures following a multi-hazard perspective.
The general objective of the Project is to improve the efficiency of real time earthquake risk mitigation methods and its capability of protecting structures, infrastructures and people. REAKT aims at establishing the best practice on how to use jointly all the information coming from earthquake forecast, early warning and real time vulnerability assessment. All this information needs to be combined in a fully probabilistic framework, including realistic uncertainties estimations, to be used for decision making in real time.
The overall objective of MOVE is to provide policy makers, public administrators, researchers, educators and other stakeholders with an improved generic framework and methodology for the measurement and assessment of vulnerability to natural hazards in Europe's regions. It will employ an integrated, comprehensive approach that will help to guide decision making in the future.
The basic assumption of ENSURE is that our ability to better understand and evaluate different types of vulnerabilities constitutes a crucial tool to strengthen communities in the face of disasters due to extreme events and climate change. Improving the understanding of the factors that make a community more vulnerable is crucial. This will involve addressing the various physical, psychological, cultural, systemic, social and economic components that shape the relationship between societies and the “natural” environment, and will permit more tailored and articulated mitigation measures.
GEM - Global Earthquake Model
The Global Earthquake Model (GEM) is a public/private partnership initiated and approved by the Global Science Forum of the OECD-GSF. GEM aims to be the uniform, independent and open access standard to calculate and communicate earthquake hazard and risk worldwide.
SERIES aims at bridging the two gaps of RTD in experimental earthquake engineering and structural dynamics: (a) between Europe and the US or Japan, and (b) between European countries with high seismicity but less advanced RTD infrastructures on one hand and some more technologically advanced but not so seismic Member States on the other.
SHARE is a Collaborative Project in the Cooperation programme of the Seventh Framework Program of the European Commission. SHARE's main objective is to provide a community-based seismic hazard model for the Euro-Mediterranean region with update mechanisms. The project aims to establish new standards in Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessment (PSHA) practice by a close cooperation of leading European geologists, seismologists and engineers.
NERA is a follow-up of NERIES and is aimed at creation of a European research infrastructure for earthquake risk assessment and mitigation. NERA is carried out within the Framework of FP7 and has activities focused on networking, joint research, transnational access and service access.
The EU-FP7 Project PERPETUATE intends to develop European Guidelines for the evaluation and mitigation of seismic risk to cultural heritage assets, with innovative techniques for the seismic strengthening of historical buildings and the preservation of unmovable artworks.
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