COMMpla to develop the new European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) web portal

COMMpla is to develop the new web portal for the European Flood Awareness System (EFAS)   under the European Copernicus Programme.  EFAS is monitoring the waterways on a European scale and provides information and forecasts several days in advance (up to 15 days).

The service is part of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS), which provides an essential support for the Civil Protection Agencies as well as for hydro-meteorological and other relevant authorities of the Member States during all stages of an emergency.  EFAS offers its service 24hrs a day, seven days a week, for the distribution of flood and flash flood notifications. The computational part of EFAS is operated by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).

COMMpla has already developed 2 fundamental portals for ECMWF within the framework of the Copernicus programme: Climate Change Service and Atmosphere Monitoring Services and the Cartographical Catalogue of atmospheric data.  The latter provides a multifaceted user interface specifically studied to optimize research of the different kinds of users.  This was developed using the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) in a completely interoperable way with Map Servers and external clients. 

This new and prestigious contract will combine know how, technology and experience gathered to date in the framework of the Copernicus programme, to face an even more challenging objective.  This involves the development of a critical component, which will have to ensure 100% availability and elevated levels of performance, especially during emergency situations.

The new EFAS web portal, whose functions and interface will be completely renewed, will offer a service-based and restful, extremely modular and scaleable, multitier architecture, particularly in terms of resources; a fully reliable and interoperable architecture, able to be flexibly integrated with other services which use OGC standards.

The official starting date for the activity is the 2nd of May 2017.  COMMpla just can’t wait to take up the challenge of the project, which as well as being technically innovative and complex, will be fundamental in reducing the risks and damages of disasters caused by nature or by mankind.