The FLIRE consortium is formed by 6 organizations, five from which are Academic and Research centers from Greece, UK and Italy with expertise in hydrology, water resources management, floods assessment and informatics, with wide experience in the implementation of national and European research and pilot projects targeting the development and promotion of innovative models and practices. The sixth beneficiary of FLIRE is a Greek private company which is specialized in providing of high-technology products and solutions for the operational and organizational needs of modern Enterprises, Organizations and Industries, with a long standing background in deployment of many significant Information Technology and Automation projects within Greek region both for the Private and the Public sectors.
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS, Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Resources Management, Centre of Hydrology and Informatics (NTUA)
The Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Resources Management, founded in 1998 (Greek Official Gazette 210/14-9-98) is one of the four laboratories of the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, of the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. Its research encompasses all aspects of the water cycle, including water policy and water resources management.
The Centre for Hydrology and Informatics (CHI) belongs to the Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Resources Management of the School of Civil Engineering of National Technical University of Athens. The research team of CHI is directed by Professor Maria Mimikou and focuses on the implementation of research projects, the provision of consultancy services and teaching activities related to hydrology, water resources management, flood risk management, monitoring of the hydro meteorological conditions in urban and periurban areas etc. Associated Beneficiary
Imperial College London (ICL)
Imperial College London consistently rated amongst the world’s best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research, encompasses the faculties of Engineering, Medicine Natural Sciences and the Business School. According to the World University Rankings 2012-13, Imperial is 3rd in Europe and 8th in World. In FLIRE project Imperial participates with the UWRG – Urban Water Research Group of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Associated Beneficiary
RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR GEO-HYDROLOGICAL PROTECTION ,Italian National Research Council(IRPI-CNR)
The Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection of the National Research Council (IRPI-CNR) established in 1970 to promote and develop research in the field of geo-hydrological risk. IRPI-CNR has been deeply involved in important sectors such as hydrology, geomorphology, and geotechnical research. As far as the hydrology research is concerned, its consolidate experience is testified through the results achieved in the analysis of hydro-meteorological data, flood formation processes, and in the development of hydrological-hydraulic modeling addressed to the flood and drought hazard assessment also for ungauged basins and in a context of climate change. Moreover, IRPI has been involved for more than twenty years in research programs aimed to real time flood forecasting and optimal systems for water resources management. Furthermore, since 1985, the Institute’s activities have been also focusing on civil protection issues, particularly for singling out methodologies aiming the flooding and drought risk mitigation. Associated Beneficiary
NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS(NOA)- Institute of Environmental Research
NOA, established in 1842, is the oldest research centre in Greece and a public entity, supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Hellenic Ministry for Development. NOA activities that address the atmosphere started in 1858 with the establishment and continuous operation of a first class meteorological station. The main tasks of the Institute of Environmental Research and Sustainable Development (IERSD) are research, training and services in the areas of Meteorology, Weather Forecasting, Air Pollution, Atmospheric Physics, Solar and Wind Energy, Climatic Change, Hydrology, Pollution of Water Resources.
The numerical weather prediction group of the National Observatory of Athens –Institute of Environmental Research is working on: i) Operational weather forecasting on regional and local scale, using state-of-the-art meteorological models (BOLAM, MM5 and WRF), ii) research on the assimilation of special data (including satellite data) in NWP models in order to improve their capability to provide accurate forecasts at mesoscale and local scale, iii) study and understanding of the dynamics of severe weather events over the Mediterranean iv) monitoring of lightning activity using the NOA network of six lightning detectors covering the European area, v) study of the microphysical structure of precipitating systems over the Mediterranean, using satellite data (mainly TRMM and SSM/I). The activities of NOA on the monitoring and forecasting of weather over Greece contribute to a considerable number of social welfare and economic competitiveness issues. NOA operates two dedicated web pages (www.noa.gr/forecast, and www.meteo.gr) issuing operational weather forecasts that are visited by more than 300.000 visitors daily including a large number of end-users such as fishermen, farmers, etc. Finally, this group also coordinates a network of 220 automated surface meteorological stations deployed in Greece (36 out of the 220 also measure total solar radiation). Associated Beneficiary
ALGOSYSTEMS S.A. (ALGO) is a private firm which since 1974 has contributed to developing Information and Communication Technology (I.C.T.) sector in Greece providing products and services of high quality. ALGO, through its R&D department, has participated in and co-ordinated several European and National R&D projects in the field of Information Technology, Telecommunications, Robotics, Environmental Risk assessment and Disasters Management. A number of industrial modules and components have been developed and commercialized as output of this procedure. Information systems and tools for managing forest fires are included in the range of applications produced, using results of the R&D activity. Associated Beneficiary
FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY-HELLAS, Institute of applied and computational Mathematics(FORTH)
The Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) is a research center consisting of seven research Institutes in four cities of Greece. Four of the Institutes and the central administration of the Center are located in Heraklion on the island of Crete. FORTH is considered to be a Center of Excellence involved in advanced research in biology, applied physics, computer science, applied mathematics, chemistry and chemical engineering, and the humanities. More than half of FORTH’s budget comes from competitive research grants from international organizations, such as the agencies of the EU and other public and private organizations.
The Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM) is one of the Institutes of FORTH. The activities of the research groups of IACM are directed towards:
Numerical Analysis & Scientific Computing: Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations, Numerical Linear Algebra, Scientific/parallel computing
Regional Analysis: GIS and Remote Sensing Applications, Design and Development of Statistical Databases, Development of Statistical Models for Regional Economies, Regional Studies
Wave Propagation: Development of Sound Waves Propagation Models, Ocean Acoustic Tomography, Sea bed reconstruction, Ocean surface waves, Non-linear Wave Phenomena, Integrated Acoustic Environments.
Computational Neurosciences: Oculomotor research
Educational Research and Evaluation: Educational Innovation, Pedagogical Methods
IACM participates in several national and European research and development projects. The emphasis of the work out carried in IACM is on the development of tools and methods aimed to assist regional, urban and environmental planning as well as on the development of new techniques and software for computational fluid dynamics, computational aeroacoustics, and computational wave propagation. The institute concentrates on the application of techniques from the fields of mathematics, physics, geography, applied informatics, remote sensing, statistics, operations research, city planning and economics. Specifically the researchers of the institute are involved in:
Underwater and atmospheric sound propagation
Environmental and physiological flows
Wind turbine flows
Unsteady aerodynamics and airframe and jet noise generation
Non-linear wave phenomena and conservation laws
Applications of Geographical Information Systems
Remote sensing applications
Spatial decision support systems
Advanced travelers information systems
Spatial statistical modelling
IACM is also involved in educational activity, as its members supervise several MSc and PhD theses.