Inhaltspezifische Aktionen

HORIZON Innovation Actions, funded by the European Research Executive Agency

 

MedEWSa delivers a network of effective and interoperable MHEWS spanning across the Mediterranean basin and its adjacent countries. Itbuilds on existing infrastructures, fills gaps, and harmonizes through innovative technologies. Particular attention is paid to current and merging extreme event hotspots, vulnerable areas, and at-risk communities. 
Central to MedEWSa is a suite of carefully selected pairs of pilot sites, “twins”, thathighlight discrepancies in coverage and capabilities and that fostercollaboration and  demonstrate the transferability of MedEWSa’s tools.

As exemplified during 2023, the European and African countries adjacent to the Mediterranean basin are particularly exposed to natural hazards including extreme weather events. To enhance resilience and alleviate the impact of such hazards, coordinated preparedness and response mechanisms must extend beyond administrative and geographic regions.

The MedEWSa project (2023-2027), which has secured €5m of funding from Horizon Europe, develops a connected system of Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (MHEWS) that supports first responders and facilitates informed decision-making. In doing so, it directly contributes to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and enhances the European Union's competitiveness and growth.

MedEWSa Pilots

MedEWSa contributes directly to the United Nations Secretary General's Early Warnings for All initiative, will contribute to the standardization and implementation activities of the UN Focus Group on AI for Natural Disaster Management, and involves important stakeholders and research institutes in Greece.

The greater Mediterranean basin, Europe and Africa, are warming rapidly and are increasingly susceptible to a range of natural hazards and extreme weather events that transcend national boundaries. These events encompass prolonged heat waves and droughts, heavy rainfall, volcanic eruptions, and storm surges or coastal flooding.

In 2023, a sequence of large scale regional incidents, including floods and wildfires, resulted in significant loss of life and extensive damage to critical infrastructure, ecosystems, and socio-economic sectors. These devastating and high profile occurrences underscore a pressing necessity for innovation in coordinated preparedness and response mechanisms across administrative and geographic regions, to enhance resilience and alleviate the impact of such events.

The MedEWSa project, from 2023 to 2027, aims to develop Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (MHEWS) to support first responders and augment decision-making in the fast moving crisis management situations caused by natural hazards and severe weather events.

This initiative has secured €5m of funding from Horizon Europe, the European Union's primary research and innovation funding program, which is dedicated to addressing climate change, facilitating the attainment of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, and enhancing the European Union's competitiveness and growth.

 

 

Principal Investigator at JLU

Staff

Center for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU)

Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen (Germany)

Department of Geography

 

 

 

     

 

Consortium

Justus Liebig University Giessen (main coordinator)

National Observatory of Athens

Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici

Sveriges Meteorologiska och Hydrologiska Institut

Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute

European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts

Hellenic Ministry of Defence - Hellenic National Meteorological Service

Centro Internazionale Di Monitoraggio Ambientale – Fondazione

Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’alimentation et l’Environnement

International Red Cross-Red Crescent Centre on Climate Change and DisasterPreparedness

World Meteorological Organization

Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación

Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut – Fraunhofer HHI

Geosphere Austria

Mitiga Solutions

Internet of Things applications and Multi-Layer development

Kajo s. r. o.

Convergence

Hellenic Ministry of Digital Governance

African Union Commission

Georgia National Environmental Agency

Region of Attica Civil Protection Department

Centro Previsione e Segnalazione Maree del Comune di Venezia

Egyptian Meteorological Authority

Ιtalia Meteo Agency

Department of Interior of Generalitat de Catalunya

Ethiopian Forestry Development

Pau Costa Foundation

South-East European Multi-Hazard Early Warning Advisory System (SEE-MHEWS-A) represented by the Israel Meteorological Service (associated)

European Central Bank (associated)

 

 

  • Acknowledgments

The project is funded by European Commission, European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency