FLIRE is a demonstration project which incorporates strong elements of innovation in terms of conceptual, technological and modelling progress beyond the state of art.

The FLIRE’s key conceptual innovation is the fact that it addresses fires and floods at the same time, through the same system and data flow, bringing about both a significantly increased efficiency and economy and a much more accurate representation of both phenomena, by taking into account the often under-utilized links between them.

th hazards are primarily caused by a combination of specific weather conditions and human activities while at the same time both of them have significant ecological and socioeconomic impacts.

Main aim of the FLIRE is the development of an integrated DSS Tool available to local authorities and key stakeholders in order to:
The approach adopted at present towards flood and fire protection, mitigation and management in the study area is uncoordinated and insufficient, FLIRE represents a significant improvement to status quo almost from day 1.
However, the real impact comes from
During the past decades significant effort has been invested and relative progress has been made towards the assessment and management of flood and forest fire risk. Despite recent work (Papathanasiou C. et al., 2012) in linking floods to forest fires within a post-fire environmental assessment framework, at the operational level (relevant to early warning) a sectoral approach is usually adopted. This approach neglects the fact that those two disasters are tightly interlinked, and the impact of their combined effects could be much higher. It should be noted that the idea of combined approach to risk management is slowly gaining momentum, with a number of European research teams cooperating to consider combined risks of fires and floods (e.g. MEDIGRID and SCIER projects).

It should be noted however that they focused only on technology development rather the use of technology in addressing the combined problem of fire-flood interaction which is the main objective of FLIRE.

FLIRE ‘s key objective is the effective assessment and efficient management of both flood and forest fire risk in the peri-urban area of Eastern Attica, which is particularly vulnerable to both hazards, taking into consideration their interrelation. Efforts for such an application in the study area have been, to date, partial at best, not only because of the complexity of its topography and the constantly increasing urbanization rate but also because of the limited reliable data sets and supporting modelling techniques. In this regard, FLIRE brings to the table significant technological innovation in terms of remote sensing, data mining, flood and fire modelling techniques and development of information and communication tools (ICT), such as advanced early warning systems.

FLIRE’s main challenge is the short time lag that usually exists between weather drivers (for both floods and fires) and the resulting flash flood or fire event.

Furthermore FLIRE’s expected achievements and quantifiable indicators are: