In order to be practical and achieve concrete results, four case studies have been identified, namely: floods in the Severn Riverbasin in the UK in 2007, in the Umbria Region in 2012, 2013 and 2014, in the D’Aran Valley in Catalunya in 2013, and the Lorca earthquake in 2011. Those case studies will serve as test areas for collecting, using the data and developing the IT system.
The IDEA project is based on the assumption that in order to carry out reliable cost/benefit analyses of risk mitigation measures, the benefits, that are the avoided losses in case of an extreme events, need to be known and that the proposed estimations entail an acceptable level of uncertainty. In the context of the case studies, C/B analysis of mitigation measures will be carried out taking advantage of the more reliable data that the project will generate.
Working with good quality data and with a variety of stakeholders involved in losses data management will constitute fundamental steps to develop the architecture of the information system to collect, structure, store and use damage and loss data. As data need to be used by a variety of stakeholders for multiple purposes a very careful evaluation of users’ requirements and requirements’ specifications will be carried to sustain the development of the IT system.