ADRIAtic integrated RADar-based and web-oriented information processing system NETwork to support hydro-meteorological monitoring and civil protection decision.

Priority and Measure
Measure 3.3 – Communication Networks
Priority 3 – Accessibility and Networks
EUSAIR Pillars
Environmental quality
Type of Project
Frank Marzano
Interviewee role
Project Coordinator
CETEMPS - Center of Excellence University of L'Aquila
+39 320 4357254
Project website
Budget in euros


Role Name City Country Contact Person Email / website
Lead Partner CETEMPS L’Aquila Italy Frank S. Marzano
Partner 1 CIMA Research Foundation Tirana Italy Marco Massabo
Partner 2 Marche Region, Civil Protection Ancona Italy Francesca Sini
Partner 3 Ministry of Interior, Civil Emergence Tirana Albania Maksimilian Dhima
Partner 4 Institute of GeoSciences IGEWE Tirana Albania Klodian Zaimi
Partner 5 Beep Innovation Srl Chieti Italy Paolo Sala
Partner 6 Dubrovnik Neretva County Dubrovnik Croatia Mato Tomljanovic
Partner 7 Abruzzo Region, Civil Protection L’Aquila Italy Alessandra Santacasa

Project Description


Project description

The main achievement of the ADRIARadNet project has been the improvement of hydro-meteorological hazard prevention in the Adriatic area by means of improved rainfall estimation, prediction and dissemination of risks scenarios. ADRIARadNet has reached a series of objectives: 1) determination of Adriatic cross-border guidelines and policies to support warning emission and risk management; 2) enhance the Adriatic observational network by installing four new low cost weather mini-radar systems; 3) development of an early warning system, coupling hydro-meteorological numerical models and observational data assimilation, from ground and satellite, tuned to the local territory; 4) implementation of a flexible ICT platform for data sharing and consultation for decisions support on hydro-meteorological risk assessment in the Adriatic area; 5) test the Decision Support System in two pilot areas (Marche/Abruzzo regions and Croatia/Albania territories) in order to be exploited after the ADRIARadNet project accomplishment.

What has been done during the project in order to achieve its main goal(s)? 

The activities of the AdriaRadNet project were organized in a cascade logical framework into seven work packages, whose articulation closely follows the breakdown of the project aims:

1) WP3, detailed analyses of weather conditions which have caused hydro-geological risks in the Adriatic area in the recent past.

2) WP4, development of a radar retrieval algorithms for hydro-meteorological application and a procedure for rain estimation from satellite/radar combined data (called MICRAdria) has been implemented.

3) WP5, the design analysis for an efficient ICT system architecture for data/products exchange has been carried out. The ICT system (called DewetraNet) is an ICT decision support system for building real-time risk scenarios.

4) WP6, two public procurement procedures for dual-polarization radar supply, installation and commissioning have been concluded and two contracts have been signed between the awarded companies and the partners involved.

5) WP7, two public procurement procedures for single-polarization radar supply, installation and commissioning have been concluded and the two contracts have been signed between the awarded companies and the partners involved.

In addition, within WP2, a wider dissemination of the activities and results has been achieved by involving the key stakeholders and broad public.

Which are the project main results/impacts? Please provide a brief description.

Result/Impact 1

Result: installation and testing of four low cost, X-band mini-radar to provide quantitative rain estimation with relatively high spatial and temporal resolution. Two dual-polarization systems have been installed in Abruzzo and Marche regions, while two single-polarization systems have been installed in Croatian and Albanian territories.

Impact: these installations have enhanced the meteorological observational network in the territories involved providing a new technology to enhance the capability for hydro-meteorological monitoring.

Result/Impact 2

Result: development of a Early Warning System based on: i) a meteorological model, called WRFAdria, operative over Adriatic area with a spatial resolution of 3 km and able to assimilate radar data; ii) a hydrological model, called CHyMAdria, operative in the three target areas (Central Italy, Neretva basin and Albanian territory) and able to ingest rainy data from different sources; iii) a procedure, called MICRAdria, for extracting rain estimation from satellite-based observations calibrated by radar data.

Impact: advanced methodologies to increase the operational exploitation of meteorological information have been created. This has had a direct feedback in the quality and availability of rainfall estimation and prediction fields as well as the increased capability to exploit both remote sensing and hydro-meteorological numerical models data.

Result/Impact 3

Result: implementation of an ICT decision system (called DewetraNet) for building real-time risk scenarios. The system allows synthesis, integration and comparison of information necessary for instrumental monitoring, models forecasting and the assessment of risk scenarios and their possible evolution.

Impact: DewetraNet has enhanced the staff capabilities to handle data and processes for the hydro-meteorological hazards prevention and assessment. Moreover DewetraNet platform has facilitated the sharing of common operative technologies among institutions with regarding to civil protection intervention.

Result/Impact 4

Result: realization of a report containing common guidelines for hydro-meteorological decision support system. As part of the report forecast and observation tools, products and methodologies developed by scientific partners, according to requirements submitted by operational ones, were analyzed and limits and strengths highlighted.

Impact: advancement of the Italian, Albania and Croatian staff expertise on applied common practices for civil protection needs and hydro-meteorological protection purpose.