SAEx–L (Signal of Atmosphere Extreme Locally)

An integrated system provides the Signal of Atmosphere Extreme at the local scale and enables automatic dissemination of SAEx-L warning to SIM card holders who live or are occasionally located in the risk area by SMS and also a phone number making possible the connection of risked population with the rescue teams at the terrain.
Technology demonstrated in relevant environment.
Representative model or prototype system, which is well beyond that of TRL 5, is tested in a relevant environment. Represents a major step up in a technology’s demonstrated readiness. Examples include testing a prototype in a high-fidelity laboratory environment or in a simulated operational environment.
The SAEx – L is tested in the everyday quantitative rainfall forecast and it demonstrates that it works with a higher accuracy during heavy and extreme rainfall (tested during two very extreme rainfall events over Tirane and three other cities). The SAEx – L needs to be tested in forecasting wind & hail storms and moreover, it should be tested on the response and feedback from community and different institutions about the improvement that brings this innovation on their life and activities during extreme weather events signalized by SAEx – L.

How does it work?

A dense enough network of automatic weather stations for monitoring a specific urban area and a high resolution numerical weather prediction model enable an accurate forecast of extreme weather phenomenon at least 48 hours in advance. In case an extreme weather signal is captured, the SAEx-L warning is available and enables automatic transmission to SIM card holders who live or are occasionally located in the risk area. SAEx-L also includes advises for appropriate risk-based actions and also a phone number, ready to respond during the entire extreme weather event and to connect the people under the risk to the rescue teams.