integrated COastal Alert SysTem

A EU financed Prevention Project in Civil Protection

European Commission

European Commission

Directorate - General Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection - ECHO

A.5 Civil Protection Policy, Prevention, Preparedness and Disaster Risk Reduction Unit

The Challenge

To implement operational morphodynamic predictions,
yielding timely and valuable intervention data
to reduce coastal risk due to incoming storms.

Project Overview

The main objective of this project is to develop a tool to address coastal risks caused by extreme waves and high sea water levels in European coastal areas.

Photo: Esperança Ramió

Scientific Methodology

Methodology includes the following tasks: coastal hazard and risk mapping, intervention guidelines, data assimilation and modelling, iCOAST architecture and testing, emergency communication and protocols.

Photo: David Falgàs

Case Studies

The project will be applied on a series of target sections covering the whole Catalan Coast. The beaches are: natural beaches with low crest heights, urban beaches and infrastructures.

Photo: Esperança Ramió

iCOAST at a glance

  • Title: integrated COastal Alert SysTem
  • Instrument: Prevention Projects in Civil Protection
  • Total cost: 634,310 €
  • EC Contribution: 475,733 €
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Start Date: 01 December 2013
  • Consortium: 7 partners from 3 countries
  • Project Coordinator: Dr. Vicente Gracia, Centre Internacional d'Inverstigació dels Recursos Costaners, CIIRC, Spain