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A Proof-Of-Concept for the Implementation of a European Copernicus Coastal Flood Awareness System

Call: H2020-SPACE-2020
Type of action: RIA
Duration: 24 M (2 years)


  • Contribute to the evolution of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service by demonstrating the technical and operational feasibility of a European Coastal Flood Awareness System
  • Provide a proof-of-concept that will complement and broaden the currently available panoply of core service information;
  • Contribute to a fully integrated risk cycle monitoring service, through the implementation of an awareness system specifically targeted to coastal areas (preparedness phase) and impact assessment (response phase) in the aftermath of a flood event, playing a fundamental role for the implementation of effective recovery and prevention actions;
  • Improve marine forcing hindcasting and forecasting through the integration of existing data and models of CMEMS and comparison with the ANYEU-SSL model developed in the EU H2020 ANYWHERE project and identify marine forcing thresholds able to trigger coastal flooding;
  • Capitalize on the existing framework of CEMS and EFAS to implement the coastal flood awareness system, from the forecasting component (ECFAS-Warning component), to the provision of mapping and impact assessment products (ECFAS-RM&RRM component).
  • Use state-of-the-art algorithms to automatically detect shoreline position through the use of satellite images (Sentinel-1, -2, and previous sensor missions) to include the evaluation of shoreline position (before the forecasted event) and shoreline displacement in the aftermath of the event. The latter is a key information for Delineation and Grading maps and Risk and Recovery products of CEMS, adding coast-targeted products.



Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia, Italy

Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS), France

Consorzio Futuro in Ricerca (CFR), Italy

EurOcean Foundation, Portugal

Mercator Ocean International (MOI), France

Planetek Hellas (PKH), Greece

University of the Aegean (UAEGEAN), Greece

Universitet Politecnica de Valencia (UPV), Spain



WP1 - Project Coordination and Management

WP2 - Users’ needs and regulatory framework

WP3 - Coastal exposure and vulnerability: methodologies and datasets

WP4 - Hindcast/forecast forcing of total water levels and identification of thresholds

WP5 - Implementation of the coastal flood awareness system and impact assessment

WP6 - Proof-of-concept (PoC) of integration into CEMS

WP7 - Dissemination and Exploitation (visibility, transfer and shared benefits)






As leader of WP7, EurOcean has a major role in the communication, dissemination and exploitation in ECFAS, namely in the definition, development and implementation of ECFAS main communication, dissemination, exploitation and stakeholder engagement tools and actions, including user training and traineeships initiatives.