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CollEction, Standardization and Attribution of Robust disaster Event information (CESARE)

Event-, damage and loss as well as risk data are rarely intercomparable as they have been produced in most cases for different purposes and with diverging methodologies. CESARE aims at a functional demonstration of a national event and loss database that enables a centralized access to harmonized event and loss information based on different data sources.

Natural hazards and their impacts pose a serious threat to our society, our wealth and our infrastructures. Aiming at a resilient economy and society it is crucial to identify respective hazards and to establish suitable prevention and management strategies and infrastructures. In Austria, the federal crises and catastrophe management (SKKM) deals with related issues. On the European and international scale, recently directives and frameworks have been set into place, which demand additional nationally coordinated disaster risk management activities. 

Any robust hazard estimation is based on observations of and data on events and impacts. Although there is a variety of hazard data archives available in Austria, a concise synthesis analysis is still very difficult as these archives build on various standards and use different vocabularies.  

Referring to these circumstances, this project aims at functional demonstration of a national event and loss database that enables a centralized access to harmonized event and loss information. By bringing together all relevant data providers and disciplines, CESARE enables the co-development, proof of concepts and the experimental implementation of technical systems and interfaces, which support the public agencies BMI and BMNT with the provision of national risk analysis reports towards the European Commission, the hazard documentation demands towards the UNISDR Sendai framework, and the evaluation of national solidarity funds information. In detail, the foreseen demonstrator will be able to transform and combine data for two study regions (Lower Austria and Styria) and three risk categories (floods, landslides and storms) from different sources (national solidarity funds, data archives from the federal administrations, the Austrian service for torrent and avalanche control and protective forest policies (WLV), the Austria geological survey (GBA) and the Austrian meteorological service (ZAMG)), to identify near miss events, to integrate additional information i.e. from earth observation and impact models, to visualize all available data and to derive pre-defined indices as e.g. needed for the Sendai monitor. Thus, the concept of CESARE goes beyond comparable loss and damage database initiatives. 

The developments within CESARE will significantly help to close the conceptual and technical gap between international demands and existing national data archives and landscapes and effectively support the Austrian and maybe beyond further national administrations in their tasks. Therefore, this proposal is also well appreciated and supported by the Joint Research Center of the European Commission and will be developed in close cooperation with the DRMKC´s ongoing activities towards a European Risk Data Hub. 

Project leader 
Mag.Dr. Matthias Themessl 

Project lead institution
Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG) 

Further partners 
Universität Salzburg – ZGIS (PLUS)
Spatial Services GMBH (SPASE)
Geologische Bundesanstalt (GBA)
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ) Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit (KfV) Bundesministerium für Inneres (BMI)
Bundesministerium für Nachhaltigkeit und Tourismus (BMNT) 

Contact details
Matthias Themessl
Head of project coordination unit
Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik
Tel: +431360262015