The completion of the project “Integrated Networks for Hazard Risk Management (HAZARM)”

On Monday, June 20, 2022, the Technical University of Moldova, in partnership with the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iaşi, Romania (as main coordinator), and the Institute of Geology and Seismology of the Republic of Moldova, organized the Scientific Conference for the presentation of the final results of the project “Integrated Networks for Hazard Risk Management (HAZARM)” within the Joint Operational Programme Romania – Republic of Moldova, Priority 4.2 – Support to joint activities for the prevention of natural and man-made disasters, as well as joint action during emergency situations – 2014-2020.

The conference took place in hybrid format, at the UTM Faculty of Constructions, Geodesy and Cadastre, and was managed by univ. lect., Dr. Ion CREȚU, junior research scientist, and assoc. prof., Dr. Eng. Livia NISTOR-LOPATENCO, senior research scientist, project manager for HAZARM, and dean of FCGC-UTM.

The rector of UTM, univ. prof., Dr. Viorel BOSTAN, opened the scientific event with a congratulatory message for the researchers from the UTM Faculty of Construction, Geodesy and Cadastre and the UTM Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning for the valuable activity carried out in this important project for both the Republic of Moldova and Romania. The rector also expressed his appreciation for the joint activity of the UTM team with the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iaşi, Romania, and the Institute of Geology and Seismology of the Republic of Moldova. Mr. Bostan hopes for UTM’s participation in many other international projects in the future.

Mrs. Oana BANU, vice dean of the Faculty of Constructions and Installations within the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iași, Romania, and Dr. Igor NICOARA, director within the Institute of Geology and Seismology from the Republic of Moldova, also congratulated the researchers for their current accomplishments.

The final products of the HAZARM project are the Informative Guide for the Local and Central Public Authority from Ungheni, the Guide for students and teachers from pre-university education institutions, as well as hazard and earthquake maps for earthquakes, landslides and floods in the test area – the city of Ungheni in the Republic of Moldova and the commune of Ungheni in Romania, the cross-border area.

The 3 partner institutions made valuable contributions to this international scientific event, as well as during the project, conducting 5 public presentations of the final data:

  • About the final results of the HAZARM project, author: Alina Mihaela NICUȚĂ PRECUL, project leader, UTIAȘI;
  • Elaboration of hazard and flood risk maps, authors: Alexandru TABACARU, Livia NISTOR-LOPATENCO and Alexandru PANTAZ, UTM partners;
  • Seismic risk and hazard risk assessment for the target area, authors: Vasile ALCAZ, Igor NICOARA, Evgheni ISICICO, Sergiu TROIAN, IGS partners;
  • Geospatial data in multi-risk modeling, authors: Maximilian DIAC, Loredana CRENGANIȘ, Constantin CHIRILĂ, Valeria Ersilia ONIGA and Alina Mihaela NICUȚĂ PRECUL, UTIAȘI partners;
  • Geotechnical conditions in the Ungheni area for the evaluation of geological hazards, authors: Oleg BOGDEVICH, Igor NICOARA, Evgheni ISICICO, Victor JELEAPOV, Cristina SPIAN, IGS Partners.

The HAZARM scientific conference ended with the presentation of the final conclusions and the prospective participation in the next calls of cross-border projects, for other cross-border areas, between the Republic of Moldova and Romania. It was also suggested that the information for the general public be placed on a wide access platform, such as an Open Source portal with open data.

The event was attended by Bachelor, Master and Doctoral students, professors and research scientists from the 3 partner institutions, offline and online.

The invited colleagues from the Tiraspol State University (based in Chisinau), Faculty of Geography – univ. lect. Vitalie DILAN and univ. lect., Dr. Lucia CĂPĂȚINĂ, cordially congratulated the conference members for obtaining these important final products, pronouncing their willingness to participate in the next cross-border calls in the consortium created by the 3 partner institutions.

The next scientific events to conclude the HAZARM project are to be organized on June 30, 2022 – at the City Hall of Ungheni in the Republic of Moldova, and on July 2022 – at the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iași, Romania.

The event was broadcast live and can be viewed on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjibQ5H2JIE, thanks to the support given by Dr. Igor COJOCARU, director of the Information Society Development Institute, who came with some recommendations and suggestions regarding the sustainability of the results of the HAZARM project.

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