The National Geoinformation Center

For monitoring, evaluation and forecasting of natural and anthropogenic risks and disasters

The National Geoinformation Center (NGIC) is a scientific infrastructure whose main purpose is to integrate the primary geoinformation products and link them to a single dynamic ICT-based network that provides the development of multidisciplinary, wide-spread and integrated geoinformation products (IGP) which can be in service for wide rage of users such as government structures, local authorities, businesses and the public for solving important national and international tasks to predict and prevent natural and anthropogenic risks and disasters.

National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography-BAS (NIGGG-BAS)

Consortium members:

  • National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography-BAS (NIGGG-BAS)
  • National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (NIMH)
  • Institute of Oceanology-BAS (IO-BAS)
  • Geological Institute-BAS (GI-BAS)
  • Institute of Mathematics and Informatics-BAS (IMI-BAS) 
  • Institute of Information and Communication Technologies-BAS (IICT-BAS)

Financing institution:
Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria

National Roadmap for Research Infrastructure 2017-2023

DO1-161/28.08.2018; DO1-282/17.12.2019

Main purposes

The strategic goal of the NIGC is to improve the coordination and integration of the efforts of the existing scientific infrastructure networks in the Republic of Bulgaria to integrate the primary results into a single complex geoinformation center, their joint analysis for the assessment, forecasting and prevention of natural and anthropogenic risks and disasters, and inclusion in European networks and projects for the development of Earth sciences.

The specific purposes of the infrastructure project are:

  • Creating a new science-based ICT infrastructure to develop integrated products with aim to reduce damage from natural disasters and industrial accidents based on primary geo-information products from available monitoring networks.
  • Improvement of the technical infrastructure (available and new monitoring networks) to obtain up-to-date and reliable data on the geo-environment in the country.
  • Ensure continued access of governmental institutions and local authorities to the new ICT infrastructure and staff training to develop effective and efficient plans to prevent and protect the population from major damage caused by natural disasters and industrial accidents.
  • Expanding the territorial range of the ICT geo-data base and developing new integrated products by including in active European geographic networks and participating in European infrastructure projects and interacting with infrastructural networks on the Balkan Peninsula, intensifying the partnership for data exchange and results.
  • Raising the awareness of the population about natural disasters and industrial accidents through new interactive products – creation of an information system for promotion of the NGIC and the obtained results.
  • Interaction with business through technology and commercialization of the scientific results of the NGIC’s activities.

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