UPStrat-MAFA - Urban Disaster Prevention Strategies Using Macroseismic Fields and FAult Sources

Project Details

  • Scope: International
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  • Funding Source: EU – Civil Protection Financial Instrument
  • Starting Year: 2012
  • End Year: 2013
  • Principal investigator: Renata Rotondi

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Project Summary

 Project summary – UPStrat-MAFA


The first step in seismic risk analysis for disaster prevention strategies consists of (a) evaluation of the hazard (probability that a shaking exceeds a prescribed value in a coming time interval) and (b) forecast of the damage scenario that a future earthquake can cause.

Innovative approaches are proposed to improve critical points in the procedures to operate in probabilistic hazard assessment and are tested in particular locations – Mt. Etna, Vesuvius and Campi Flegrei areas (Italy), Azores Islands and areas hit by offshore activity (Portugal), Southeast Spain (i.e. Alicante-Murcia) and South Iceland including Reykjavik surrounding urban area (Iceland).

The second step consists in the improvement of urban scale vulnerability information on building and network systems (typologies, schools, strategic buildings, lifelines and so on); definition of urban risk convolving the shaking ground motion parameters at site with vulnerability and finally, design some disaster prevention strategies based on different levels of risk. Education management information system data should be linked to information about areas and population groups that are prone to particular kinds of emergencies. This is a preparedness strategy that provides input into national and local education planning.