Many countries around the world are being increasingly affected by droughts, leading to extensive damage to livelihoods, environment and economy. Managing drought risk in an effective way could be useful for reducing such impacts, but this should be carried out not only by developing suitable technologies and models, but also by training people prepared for droughts.


The UncertWeb project, aims at managing the propagation of uncertainty, when integrating multiple resources, mainly models or data that are exposed as web services, into complex model workflows.


The Stirred Underwater Biouptake System (SUBS) is a submersible sensing device using an in-situ bio-sensing technology for assessing the health or the toxicological status of fresh and salt water ecosystems.


Since the devastating Asian tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004, the interest in systematic studies of the Mediterranean tsunami situation and related damage-reducing techniques has been growing.  Tsunamis in the Mediterranean Sea are not as frequent as those in the Pacific or Indian Oceans, but have nevertheless historically caused severe damage and loss of lives. In the NEAREST project (Integrated observations from NEAR shore sourcES of Tsunamis: towards an early warning system), the complex situation of near-shore tsunamis has been thoroughly analysed by experts from ten scientific institutions and one company. The project was funded by the European Union Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), a grant funding programme, and coordinated by the Institute of Marine Sciences in Italy.


The Hydrometeorological data resources and technologies for effective flash flood forecasting project (HYDRATE), which was funded under the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Commission (FP 6), aimed to develop damage-reducing techniques towards flash floods to ensure public safety and improve quality of life. 


Volcanic gas emissions, together with geology related data such as seismic activity, are important indicators in the volcanic risk assessment procedure for natural disaster management. In the project Network for Observation of Volcanic and Atmospheric Change – NOVAC, a global metrology network of stations for measurements of gas emissions and air pollution monitoring from volcanoes was established.


The project ARMONIAApplied multi Risk Mapping of Natural hazards for Impact Assessment - was funded under the Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP6), a grant funding programme. The work was based on the expertise from 13 scientific partners in seven different countries and an international advisory group, networking to develop a structure for a decision support system for strategic planning and managing multi-risk situations.  The results from the project include a proposition for a comprehensive decision support system for local and national government, policy makers and land-users through a methodology that produces integrated multi-risk maps to achieve more effective spatial planning procedures in European areas disposed to natural disasters.


The RAMWASS Decision Support System (RAMWASS_DSS) is a modelling tool for assessing risks and managing the negative impacts caused by global change and human activities on the water/sediment/soil system at river basin scale in fluvial ecosystems.