The National Geoinformation Center

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

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

Program:
The National Roadmap for Scientific Infrastructure 2017-2023

Contracts:
DO1-161/28.08.2018; DO1-282/17.12.2019

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.

Coordinator:
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)

The National Geoinformation Center (NGIC) organizes the 1ST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND DISASTER RISKS (EnviroRISKs) with the partnership of the National Scientific Program „Environmental Protection and Reduction of the Risk of Adverse Events and Natural Disasters“.

The aim of EnviroRISKs Conferences is to involve various scientific, educational, business, non-profit and political institutions in a large-scale conversation in order to facilitate effectiveness against the raising ecological and social problems connected with natural disasters and risks.

The meeting will be virtual with on-line participation between 29 Sept – 1 Oct 2020. We extend an invitation to everyone, who feel that providing sustainable and reliable geo data, data products and services is an important task in front of geoscience connected with environmental protection and risk reduction.

Abstract submission and registration are opened: http://envirorisk.bas.bg/index.html

Main purposes

The strategic purpose of NGIC is to improve the coordination and to integrate the efforts of the existing scientific infrastructure networks in the Republic of Bulgaria for unification the primary results into a single integrated geoinformation center, their cooperative analysis for 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.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.
  • 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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