OFIDIA – Operational FIre Danger preventIon plAtform

Funded by: European Territorial Cooperation Operational Programme “Greece-Italy” (2007 – 2013)

The effective protection from forest wildfires is a costly challenge for the Apulia Region (in Italy) and the Region of Ioannina (in Greece) because the frequency of wildfires increases as a result of higher weather temperatures. Moreover, wildfires cause wide damage with detrimental consequences to life sustainability in the short and long run.

OFIDIA main objective is to build a cross-border operational fire danger prevention infrastructure that advances the ability of regional stakeholders across Apulia and Ioannina Regions to detect and fight forest wildfires through more effective patrolling, environmental monitoring, weather modeling, fire danger forecasting and automated access to related historical data.



Specific goals

More specific goals of the project are to:

  • improve the operational capability of forecasting, preventing and fighting forest wildfires in the cross-board area
  • enhance the cross-border cooperation concerning fire danger protection
  • encourage cross-border knowledge sharing among research institutions and stakeholders
  • advance the sustainable life quality and economic prosperity in the area.

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Project activities

The project activities include:

  • the installation and operation of hardware equipment for automated weather monitoring and visual forest patrolling
  • the installation and operation of control rooms for the operational coordination of forest fire prevention and fighting
  • the joint development of integrated operational IT infrastructure for data storage, weather modeling, fire danger forecasting, visualization of historical and forecasted data on geographical maps
  • knowledge sharing of scientific and operational best practices through cross-border planned visits between the research institutions and the stakeholders The outputs of the project include long-term benefits of cross-border collaboration and knowledge sharing among the partners both within each country and across the border.

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