For cities who must face chronic stresses and acute shocks with limited budgets, HAZUR® is the first city-resilience-oriented online platform that provides a flexible methodology and a simulation of a system to go through the whole process of integrating resilience concepts into operations of basic municipal services and infrastructures with the engagement of city stakeholders. HAZUR is designed to support the implementation and management of cities’ resilience. It includes a method to understand that the city works as system of systems by analyzing interdependencies in service networks.
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HAZUR approach is composed of 2 modules: HAZUR Assessment and HAZUR Management. HAZUR Assessment has been tested in different intermediate an large cities (Barcelona , Bristol, Lisbon, Sant Cugat...). HAZUR Management has been tested in one county (La Garrotxa) as MVP without continuity and with limitations on data management Different iterations of the HAZUR process after experiences in different city projects within research activities from the H2020 project RESCCUE are helping to improve the tool. The integration with an Open Data Analytics platform is planning to be tested in real environment.

How does it work?

The tool supports trained experts to gather all relevant information, create a community of resilience stakeholders, model the city to visualize the operative relations and interdependencies between the different urban services and related infrastructures and simulate how urban services respond in case of impact. For each impact on each defined scenario, it creates states and makes them evolve over time. Afterwards, it diagnoses the resilience of the situation by displaying a certain state that will take place when an impact strikes. It supports the identification of operative recommendations & improvements to increase resilience.

February, 2019
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The Polder Roof transforms a flat roof so that it is able to collect and store water. This storage is controlled and can be drained at any chosen moment. The Polder Roof functions as a foundation for a green roof, roof garden, solar park or roof park.
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Prototype near or at planned operational system. Represents a major step up from TRL 6 by requiring demonstration of an actual system prototype in an operational environment.
The Polder Roof has already been implemented on several pilot roofs in the Netherlands. We want to test en optimize the algorithms that decide to retain the stored water or not. We intend to enhance these algorithms, add (probabilistic) forecasts and models and test them on a Field Lab at the Civil Engineering faculty of Delft University.

How does it work?

The Polder Roof consist of a buffer system and a Smart Flow Control. Rainfall is directly stored in a buffer system on a flat roof. The standard capacitiy of this buffer system is 70 mm. This storage is automatically controlled by our Smart Flow Control (SFC) which collects meteorological data and communicates with a web-application. The Smart Flow Control uses algorithms to decide to retain the stored water or not.

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ARIEL, soil moisture retrieval by microwave remote sensing

ARIEL is a microwave radiometer that provides remote soil moisture data. What cameras cannot see beyond surface, Balamis sensors can. ARIEL is a non-intrusive method able to effectively retrieve soil moisture data over small and large areas easily. ARIEL can be placed on-board aircrafts, UAVs (Unmmanned Aerial Vehicles) and ground vehicles.
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Prototype near or at planned operational system. Represents a major step up from TRL 6 by requiring demonstration of an actual system prototype in an operational environment.
Selected innovation
Testing plan completed: The testing plan and the BRIGAID's Testin Innovation Framework (TIF) has been rightly applied and finished. The TRL of the innovation has been effectively reached.
Technology has been tested and demostrated in an operational environment, and has passed the BRIGAID's TIF assessment.

How does it work?

ARIEL is a passive microwave radiometer based on the same technology of MIRAS sensor on-board satellite SMOS mission. It measures natural thermal emission at the microwave wavelength of 1.4 GHz, which is strongly related to the content of water in the observed target. It requires a power supply from 12 to 24V, and consumes a max. of 50W. It requires a mechanical interface with the platform to be used on. Its installation takes less than 10 min. in ground vehicles and UAVs, and needs to be homologated in aircrafts. The antenna has to be adapted to existing “holes” for Earth observation in the fuselage, and data is synchronized with other systems using an internal GPS time stamp.

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Seed blanket for Extensive Green Roofs

To lower threshold for consumers and to accelerate the transition to more green roofs in historic urban areas, we offer a lightweight, easy-to-install green roof system that is cheaper than current extensive green roof build-ups, by 1) using cost effective build-up materials and 2) saving money on transportation and installation cost (even suitable for DIY).
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The build-up system has been defined. A successful test set-up in western Europe, ideal conditions (mild temperature and humidity) installed. More testing required in other regions (e.g. south and continental Europe) to validate it can be successful across Europe.

How does it work?

The product is an extensive green roof system which consists of a Drainage layer; Growing medium; Composite Seed blanket and Ballast. Apart from the ballast, all layers of the system are sheets or blankets rolls. All materials are dry, and can be stored for a long period. The seed blanket is an unvegetated composite, which contains a sedum seed mixture that can be customized to withstand different climatological conditions. This allows potential use across Europe. By using geotextile as growing medium, additional substrate is not required. With a weight of ±53kg/m² the system is very lightweight compared to standard extensive green roofs(>100kg/m²). Current system retains 25L/m², which can easily be increased using alternative geotextiles.

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Rooftops are generally poorly used areas and therefore have enormous potential. The Polder roof uses the roof surface to create a water buffer and create a new roof surface for other rooftop functions. The Polder roof then controls the flow of rainwater to the downspout. When it is raining the rainwater runoff is stopped and when the rainwater in the sewage system is processed the Polder roof starts to empty the rainwater buffer, offsetting the peak of rainwater flow into the sewage system.
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Prototype near or at planned operational system. Represents a major step up from TRL 6 by requiring demonstration of an actual system prototype in an operational environment.
We have made one polder roof last year and are planning to build four more in the next month, however there are still some problems to be tackled in production level and on the IT side of the product.

How does it work?

The Polder roof consists of a water buffer created from modules that create a void where rainwater can be stored in. This buffer is locked in by the edge of the roof or dikes creating a basin. The third element is the “Smart Flow Control” which is a control unit that controls the water level height in the water buffer and ensures the safety aspects of the roof with input of several sensors that measure environmental effects on the rooftop.

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PrHo is a software for the estimation of greenhouse-grown crop water requirements and actual evapotranspiration based on the FAO model
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The software has been tested and validated in greenhouses experiments for the most typical crop growing cycles in the Almeria province (SE Spain).

How does it work?

PrHo quantifies crop water requirements based on two sub-models: a) a reference evapotranspiration (ETo) sub-model, and b) a crop coefficients (Kc) sub-model. The ETo sub-model computes greenhouse ETo values using outside solar radiation estimates retrieved from a radiation model previously calibrated for local conditions. Outputs from this sub-model make possible to adjust the irrigation scheme to particular crop conditions, such as white washing. The Kc sub-model computes the temporal dynamics of Kc values along the growing period, from the sowing/planting to the effective full cover stages. as a function of thermal time retrieved from greenhouse air temperature measurements.

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Hydroeconomic DSS tools for drought management

A hydroeconomic DSS tool able to solve both simulation and optimization problems. It requires as input the physical and economic components of the system. The simulation module allocates water resources following a given operating policy implemented through two techniques: priority-based allocation or fuzzy-rule-based-system allocation. The optimization module finds out optimal decisions to maximice the economic benefits during water shortage events. It implements both determinsitic and stochastic approaches, as well as groundwater and stream-aquifer interaction techniques
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Prototype near or at planned operational system. Represents a major step up from TRL 6 by requiring demonstration of an actual system prototype in an operational environment.
It has been tested in the Jucar water basin in the framework of several PhD research projects, and the support of experts of the River Basin Authority (RBA)

How does it work?

Our IT technology is a software toolbox that provides a valuable solution for drought risk management through the integration and combination of hydroeconomic models (with economic characterization of water values at the main uses) and inflow forescasting algorithms.

September, 2017
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Dike Profile Generator

The DPG contains dike profiles for every 100 meters of all primary flood defences. Profiles can be adapted based on local knowledge, then downloaded and imported directly into RingToets or Hydra-NL.
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Prototype near or at planned operational system. Represents a major step up from TRL 6 by requiring demonstration of an actual system prototype in an operational environment.
The Dike Profile Generator is being used already in projects performed by HKV for water management institutions. These projects can be regarded as relevant operational environments.

How does it work?

The Dike Profiel Generator allows water managers to edit the geometry of the profiles if needed, and download profiles for use in RingToets and Hydra-NL. See how it works on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRK4m1lV1hs

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Active Eco-Wildfire Management System

Innovative method to planning and execution of Strategic Forest Fuel Management and Prescribed Burning techniques in forests to reduce risk of wildfire. Test
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Prototype near or at planned operational system. Represents a major step up from TRL 6 by requiring demonstration of an actual system prototype in an operational environment.
Selected for Testing
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Currently this planning methodology was applied in some areas in Portugal, in production forests and conservation areas protection. Some of the planned management proposals were carried out, and there is some information about the performance in operational environments. However wasn’t made a monitoring and consistent evaluation of the post-planning and implementation phase. Next works require the collection and evaluation of data relating to operational effects on the spread of fire and suppression actions in real fire conditions.

How does it work?

The proposed approach is based on studying fire patterns and fire regime in the areas of intervention, focusing treatments in locations where the effect will be greater, allowing the performance of suppression means safely and with greater likelihood of success, and use techniques to maximize the effectiveness of treatments in time, such as the use of prescribed burning or change of land use.

June, 2017
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May, 2017
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