International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)


Multi-Hazard Cooperative Management Tool for Data Exchange, Response Planning and Scenario Building

The project aims at improving preparedness of societies to cope with complex crisis situations by means of providing integrated tools to support efficient response planning and the building of realistic multidisciplinary scenarios. The project will design and develop a system for improving response planning strategies and scenario building (TRL 7 or 8) and facilitating organizational coordination among many actors, integrating a wide range of support tools to be used operationally by a large variety of stakeholders (firefighting units, medical emergency services, police departments, civil protection units, command and control centres). The devised system shall integrate existing and newly developed tools to enhance the cooperation between autonomous systems (satellite-, sea-, land- and air-based) from different agencies as well as to consolidate the methodology for cross-border scenario-building.

The project shall investigate the currently existing tools and methodologies with the involvement of local authorities and end users and provide mechanisms to enhance cooperation among all involved actors. The main domains to be taken into account are:

  • The EU Civil Protection Mechanism (natural and man-made disasters, including events affecting critical infrastructure)
  • IPCC recommendations in relation to extreme climatic events
  • the Sendai Framework

The project shall develop on the basis of realistic scenarios in specific geographical areas with the close involvement of local authorities. Since the expected TRL is 7 or 8, the prototype shall be demonstrated by the end of the project in a realistic environment. Although the project will develop a flexible system which should be adaptable to integrate multiple hazard-specific tools, the main scenarios considered for the time being are: forest fire, flood, flash floods and landslides.

Contribution of the Ethics Centre

The Ethics Centre will provide human factors analysis, societal acceptance and ethical acceptability analysis and ethical issues analysis in cooperation with the end users involved in the project. The Ethics Centre will provide a detailed theoretical analysis of the system and its features from an ethics and social science point of view and conduct empirical research in the form of focus groups and interviews with key stakeholders.

Project Partners

  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)
  • Space Hellas Anonymi Etaireia Systimata Kai Ypiresies Tilepikoinonionpliroforikis Asfaleias Idiotiki Epicheirisi Parochis Yperision Asfa (SPH)
  • Fundacio D’Ecologia Del Foc i Gestio D’Incendis Pau Costa Alcumberre (PCF)
  • Tecnosylva SL (TSYL)
  • Avanti Communcations LTD (AVA)
  • Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Internationales Zentrum für Ethik in den Wissenschaften (EKUT)
  • Université de Strasbourg (UNISTRA)
  • Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunyya (CTTC)
  • Institut Cartografic i Geologic de Catalunya (ICGC)
  • Centro Internazionale in Monitoraggio Ambientale – Fondazione CIMA (CIMA)
  • Department d’Interior – Generalitat de Catalunya (INT)
  • Frederiksborg Brand Og Redning (FBBR)
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS)
  • Associazione Della Croce Rossa Italiana (C.R.I.)


  • funded by: Research Executive Agency (REA), European Commission
  • call: Horizon 2020, SEC-01-DRS-2016: Integrated tools for response planning and scenario building
  • Grant Agreement number: 740689
  • duration: 1 May 2017 until 31 January 2021
  • funding of about € 7,800,000.00