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Modelling and Simulation of Environmental Hazards

Modelling and Simulation of Environmental Hazards
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Author(s): Nick A. Theophilopoulos (IMPETUS Engineering S.A., Greece)and Pavlos Kassomenos (IMPETUS Engineering S.A., Greece)
Copyright: 2001
Pages: 21
Source title: Environmental Information Systems in Industry and Public Administration
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Claus Rautenstrauch (Otto von Guericke University, Denmark)and Susanne Patig (Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-02-0.ch017


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Emergencies are most probably the most important issue at the European and, of course, at the international level, in terms of impact to the economic structures, the ecosystems,and human and environmental resources. A number of emergencies have been identified within the Emergency Management Area and the areas under EMA coverage. These could be summarised as forest fires, chemical fires, structural fires, industrial accidents, oil and chemical spills, explosions, nuclear accidents, radiation, storms, tornadoes, floods, dam ruptures, marine algal blooms, avalanches, landslides, earthquakes, seismic waves, and volcanic eruptions. The modelling and simulation of the environmental hazards in Europe should be harmonised in a way where developments will proceed, through a consensus mechanism, between the industry, the users, and the standardisation organisations, to create a consensus approach by identifying best practice cases in the management (including detection surveillance and monitoring of the emergency), and to plan operational aspects of the emergency situations, identify proper technological breakthroughs, and identify techniques and developments.

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