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PREPARE: Innovative integrated tools and platforms for radiological
emergency preparedness and post-accident response in Europe
Research project under the European Commission’s 7th
Framework Programme, EURATOM for Nuclear Research and Training
Activities (work programme 2012), Fission-2012-3.3.1, Grand Agreement
Nature and scope of the project
This project aims to close gaps that have been identified in nuclear
and radiological preparedness following the first evaluation of the
Fukushima disaster. Among others, the project will address the review
of existing operational procedures for dealing with long lasting
releases, cross border problems in monitoring and food safety and
further develop missing functionalities in decision support systems
ranging from improved source term estimation and dispersion modelling
to the inclusion of hydrological pathways for European water bodies.
In addition, as the management of the Fukushima event in Europe was
far from optimal, a so called Analytical Platform will be developed
exploring the scientific and operational means to improve information
collection, information exchange and the evaluation of such types of
disasters. This will be achieved through a collaboration of industry,
research and governmental organisations in Europe taking into account
the networking activities carried out under the NERIS-TP project.
Furthermore, the NERIS Platform member organisations (so far 45
partners) will be actively involved in the development of the new tools.
This project intends to carry out activities to meet the research
challenges defined above. This comprises the evaluation of
operational procedures, food safety criteria, atmospheric dispersion
and deposition, aquatic modelling, source term estimation,
communication with the public and information collection and the
scientific evaluation of an on-going nuclear or radiological disaster.
The tools developed within the project will be partly integrated into
the two decision support systems ARGOS and RODOS. Further methods and
tools will be made available for scientific or operational institutions
to complement decision support systems. The Analytic Platform may have
the potential to become a European centre for collecting and evaluating
information and therefore has to be self-sustaining.
It is important to note, that improvements can only be made by
fostering the interaction between science and operational centres and
also by improving communication to the public. This can be achieved in
following-up the successful activities started in the European project
NERIS-TP and with the NERIS Platform (NERIS – European Platform on
Preparedness for Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Response and
Recovery), which comprise the key players in Europe.
As the engagement with potential end users is also a key for success,
the NERIS Platform members and the members of the ARGOS and RODOS user
groups will be integrated in this project as associated partners. The
chair of the NERIS platform will become a member of the proposed
Management Committee. With the ARGOS and RODOS users groups running
under the umbrella of the proposed platform, all European Member
States, Associated States and even countries outside Europe are part
of the dissemination and communication network of the project.