Strategies and tools for Real Time EArthquake RisK ReducTion

Starting date: 01/09/2011
Duration: 36 months
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Short abstract

REAKT aims to improve the efficiency of real-time earthquake risk mitigation methods and their capability of protecting structures, infrastructures and populations. Of primary importance is the development of methodologies that will enhance the quality of information provided by earthquake forecasting, early warning and real-time vulnerability systems, as well as establishing best practices for how to use all of this information in a unified manner. In order to be used effectively, such information needs to be combined into a fully probabilistic framework, including realistic estimates of the uncertainties involved, that is suitable for decision making in real time.
The REAKT consortium draws together most of the main European institutes and research groups, in addition to major non-European institutes that are working on different aspects of earthquake early warning and probabilistic models of operational forecasting.
The project is divided into 7 scientific work packages that constitute a logical sequence from, at one end, the processes involved in earthquake generation and the physics of short-term seismic changes, to the other, the threatened people. The latter is achieved through operational earthquake forecasting, early warning, rapid assessment of damage, real-time analysis of vulnerability, tools for decision making and capacity building, and the application of the developed methodologies to 12 strategic test cases.

List of work packages: 
WP 1 Project coordination and management
WP 2 Physics of short term seismic changes and its use for large earthquakes predictability
WP 3 Towards Operational Earthquake Forecasting
WP 4 Early Warning and rapid assessment of earthquake damage potential
WP 5 Real time-dependent risk assessment
WP 6 Strategies and tools for decision making
WP 7 Strategic Applications and Capacity Building
WP 8 Dissemination

Section 2.1 is involved in WP 1, 3, 4, 7, 8