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Disaster Information System of ALPine regions.



Lead Partner

Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, the Environment and Water Resources; Forestry Section

Lead Partner Country


Project Website


07/2003 - 06/2006

Date of Approval


Approx. Total Budget in €

1.040.500 €

ERDF in €

380.000 €

Project Summary

The management of natural risks in a mountainous environment and the prevention of disasters require a broad and accessible information basis about former disasters, which is important for interdisciplinary and interregional research and for decisions to prevent disasters and deal with natural risks. But the information needs - defined by the practitioners of spatial planning, risk prevention and catastrophe management and in-line with the needs of the affected people - are currently not met. DIS-ALP will focus on the solution of this documentation and information gap about natural disasters: • with the refinement and standardisation of existing methods for the documentation of disasters and the implementation on a GIS-based web platform, • with instruction materials and training of persons involved in event documentation and • with new and innovative technological tools for the data collection in the field (integrating GPS, PDA and online maps).

Project Objectives

DIS-ALP will improve the documentation process of natural hazards by sharing bilateral knowledge in order to achieve interdisciplinary results in following domains:
- Development of a Web-portal for the public dissemination of information and results, also used as discussion forum for project partners and related institutions / experts.
- Integrate spatial information objects and GIS-based methods of yisualisation, querying and input in the information system, which will ease information access for experts and the public.
- Definition of information requirements with emphasis on spatial planning and civil protection, in order to assure adequate information basis for risk management and planning.
- Practical guide to the methodology of information collection. Results in database for the systematic management of information requirements, allowing purpose oriented (and thus multidisciplinary) usage.
- Development of a multilingual and trans-disciplinary Thesaurus as translator module between experts of different disciplines regions, the public and practitioners. Furthers a common understanding of disasters between different disciplines and between experts and the public.
- Development of new tools for field documentation and practical tests, integrating GPS, mobile GIS and wireless communication for more efficient information collection and improved documentation quality.
- Development of instruction materials and tutorials and a online-version of instruction materials. Instruction courses will be held as seminar, differentiated by theory and field work courses. Educational materials and the intensive instruction courses will result in a broadening of the expert and information producer level.

Project Achievements

In order to achieve the accumulated results, several coordination meetings on bilateral basis were held in order to discuss recent work. The main focus during the first part of the project has been laying on a common methodology for an event documentation. Standards, definitions, semantic relations and an example of a classic thesaurus were set up and integrated in a software program (ToMeTeV), now available for all partners to import the common knowledge base of the project. As an outcome of a common methodology concepts about instruction tutorials and the application of “new tools” in the domain field of event documentation is to be created. The DIS-ALP web platform will be extended in order to admit online event documentation respectively online query settings. An adaptive Data Storage System has been created like a database structure for event documentation.

Project Result Files


EU Project Partners

Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, the Environment and Water Resource; Water section (Austria)
Autonome Provinz Bozen: Sonderbetrieb für Bodenschutz, Wildbach- und Lawinenverbauung (Italy)
Bavarian Ministry of Regional Development and the Environment Department 5:Water management (Germany)
Land Salzburg; Dept. of spatial planning (Austria)
Provincia Autonoma di Trento:Servizio Azienda Speciale di Sistemazione Montana (Italy)
Torrent and Erosion Control Service Slovenia (Slovenia)

Non-EU Project Partners

Bundesamt für Umwelt, Wald und Landschaft (Switzerland)

Contact Person

Mannsberger, Gerhard

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