Data Sheet

Summary of main characteristics of IMPRINTS

FP7-ENV-2008-1 IMPRINTS 226555


Activity Code ENV.2008.

Funding Scheme: CP-FP


Duration (Months): 42

Title: IMproving Preparedness and RIsk maNagemenT for flash floods and debriS flow events


The aim of IMPRINTS is to contribute to reduce loss of life and economic damage through the improvement of the preparedness and the operational risk management for Flash Flood and Debris Flow [FF/DF] generating events, as well as to contribute to sustainable development through reducing damages to the environment. To achieve this ultimate objective the project is oriented to produce methods and tools to be used by emergency agencies and utility companies responsible for the management of FF/DF risks and associated effects. Impacts of future changes, including climatic, land use and socioeconomic will be analysed in order to provide guidelines for mitigation and adaptation measures. Specifically, the consortium will develop an integrated probabilistic forecasting FF/ DF system as well as a probabilistic early warning and a rule-based probabilistic forecasting system adapted to the operational use by practitioners. These systems will be tested on five selected flash flood prone areas, two located in mountainous catchments in the Alps, and three in Mediterranean catchments. The IMPRINTS practitioner partners, risk management authorities and utility company managers in duty of emergency management in these areas, will supervise these tests. The development of such systems will be carried out using and capitalising the results of previous and ongoing research on FF/DF forecasting and warning systems, in which several of the partners have played a prominent role. One major result of the project will be a operational prototype including the tools and methodologies developed under the project. This prototype will be designed under the premise of its ultimate commercialization and use worldwide. The consortium, covering all the actors involved in the complex chain of FF & DF forecasting, has been carefully selected to ensure the achievement of this. Specific actions to exploit and protect the results and the intellectual property of the partners have been also defined.


1. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - ES

2. Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss - CH

3. European Commission - DG Joint Research Centre - BE

4. Lancaster University - UK

5. Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL - CH

6. Wageningen Universiteit - NL

7. CETaqua, Centro Tecnológico del Agua, Fundación privada - ES

8. Consorzio inter-Universitario per la previsione e prevenzione dei Grandi RIschi - IT

9. University of KwaZulu-Natal - ZA

10. Servei Meteorològic de Catalunya - ES

11. Hydrometeorological Innovative Solutions S.L - ES

12. Service Central d'Hydrométéorologie et d'Appui à la Prévision des Inondations, Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Planning - FR

13. Agència Catalana de l'Aigua - ES

14. Department Bau und Umwelt Kanton Glarus - CH

15. Verzasca SA - CH

16. Azienda Elettrica Ticinese - CH

17. Autorità di Bacino Regionale Destra Sele - IT

18. Empresa de Gestión Medioambiental S.A - ES

Associated Partner: McGill University - CA