R&D subventions

ATEMPO: Asistencia Transfronteriza de EMergencias en el marco del POCTEP 2021-2027

Financial institution:
Programa Interreg VA España-Portugal (POCTEP)
Budget amount:
250,659.73 Euros
Number of researchers:
Sep 1, 2023 to Dec 31, 2025
Main researchers:
Manuel González Penedo
Elena Hernández
Emergency authorities play a key role in adapting to climate change and preventing the risk of natural disasters and various anthropogenic phenomena. Experience shows that the effects arising from a situation of risk or emergency can often spread from one territory to another, and therefore, the mobilization of personnel and the population's response must be consistent and coordinated.

Furthermore, in recent years, the number of emergency actions in territorial areas with danger to the population ("type 2 emergency situations") has increased. In 2022, type 2 situations are 2.6 times more frequent than the three-year average.

ATEMPO aims to enhance the response capacity of cross-border emergency units in an effective time frame for 1) adverse events related to climate change and 2) technological risks impacting the ecosystems of the Euroregion. To achieve this, it will utilize 1) predictive tools provided by artificial intelligence (AI) developments, 2) the improvement of joint training for personnel and the establishment of a common professional training framework for emergency personnel, 3) increased effectiveness in responding to emergencies through strengthened investment in joint equipment, and 4) raising awareness and training the population to address emergencies stemming from climate change.

The stated objectives and results must necessarily be addressed jointly for their achievement, as the effects of a situation of risk or emergency can easily spread from one territory to another, as evidenced by the incident history in the last four years, totaling 462,711 incidents. The frequency of these events recommends that the response of personnel and the population be consistent and coordinated.

The main innovation of this project is to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the joint capacity to respond to cross-border emergencies through the applied and rational use of artificial intelligence (AI) and technological innovations to provide early responses to the behavior of fires and/or floods, as the primary disasters caused by climate change, but also to accidents resulting from technological risks.