NORSAR is leading a EU research and innovation project that is working towards more earthquake resilient societies. TURNkey’s purpose is to develop a multi-sensor-based earthquake information system, facilitating Earthquake Forecasting and enabling Early Warning and Rapid Response actions.
Project period: 2019-2022
Funding source: European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 821046)
Project manager: NORSAR
Partners: The University of Iceland (UIce), University of Strathclyde, The Earthquake Damage Analysis Center (EDAC), The University of Alicante (UA), The University of Alicante (UA), The University of Bergamo, The University of Bergamo, The University of Patras, EUCENTRE Foundation, Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM), The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), The National Institute for Earth Physics (INFP), The National Observatory of Athens, The Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), Deltares, YETITMOVES, Gempa GmbH, Siminn, BETA 80 Spa Software e Sistemi, Nutcracker Research Ltd.
Among all natural hazards, earthquakes lead to the highest number fatalities and, after severe storms, cause the second highest annual economic losses. From 2006 to 2015, Europe experienced 21 earthquake-related disasters that resulted in 1.049 fatalities, more than 18 billion Euros in economic losses, and affected 284.000 people. In the last years, risk awareness and perception towards seismic threats have increased among the public and policy makers in many European countries. These European countries have also understood how important it is to help mitigate the seismic risks, by making the best possible use of the potential of earthquake forecasting and early warning as well as by responding rapidly after an earthquake.
The TURNkey project, funded by the EU within the H2020 programme, addresses the topics of Operational Earthquake Forecasting (OEF), also called time-dependent hazard assessment, as well as of Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) and its use, both in real-time (during an event) and in near real-time, when rapidly responding to earthquake impacts (RRE).
The focus of TURNkey is to close the gap between theoretical systems and their practical application in Europe in order to improve seismic resilience before, during and after a damaging earthquake.
See the TURNkey homepage for more info.