The ISOK - Informatyczny System Osłony Kraju (Nation Protection IT System) - has started its operation

13 marca 2019 r.

The ISOK National Portal is a public portal that publishes a range of information on hazards, meteorology, and hydrology. The implementation of the ISOK system will place Poland on a list of countries that manage the security of their own society and economy in a modern way, and effectively minimize the risks and losses caused by natural catastrophic events.

Providing an effective system for protecting the country from extraordinary threats is particularly important due to the growing number of such events and an increasing scale of both their economic and social effects. Improving the efficiency of flood risk management is becoming increasingly important.
The project is directed primarily to the public, because anyone with a computer and Internet access will be able to check if they live in a flood-threatened area, and if so then what’s the risk.
The project’s recipients will also consist in institutions responsible for spatial planning and flood protection planning. It will be their duty to take into account the results of the project (Flood Hazard Maps and Flood Risk Maps) in the spatial development plans of municipalities and provinces.
The recipients of ISOK products will also consist in institutions responsible (under the Crisis Management Act) for preventing crisis situations, preparing to take control over them through planned activities, and responding in case of their occurrence. This applies especially to voivodship crisis management centers and other government and self-government administration units, at a national, regional, and local level, dealing with issues of protection against floods and other threats, as well as crisis response. The IT solutions will significantly improve the capabilities of flood and crisis management.
Access to complete and reliable information concerning possible natural and technological hazards is also very important for enterprises planning investment projects. The system allows initiating a subscription of meteorological and hydrological notifications by e-mail.
The most important social benefits that will be achieved thanks to the ISOK system include: reduction of losses caused by flood hazards by presenting the public with areas that are at risk, enabling proper spatial planning, especially in the context of flood hazards occurring in river valleys, also those resulting from water equipment failures, especially river embankments, enabling conscious decisions regarding investments in terms of their location in areas exposed to the risk of flooding, increasing the sense of public security, reducing casualties caused by the occurrence of elements, in particular floods, and improving the functioning of crisis management systems at all levels.
These benefits will be achieved thanks to creating the ISOK IT system, through which other products formed in terms of the project will be made available, such as flood hazard maps, flood risk maps, meteorological risk maps (such as storms, heavy rainfall, and other) and maps of other threats (e.g. maps of water intakes at risk, the risk of industrial accidents, etc.), hydrographic map of Poland (MPHP), obtaining a numerical terrain model and a numerical land surface model as well as a digital orthophotomap, obtaining a digital topographic map professionally known as a topographic database (BDOT), new hydrological calculations for all rivers covered by the project, according to a uniform methodology and for a uniform historical period, performing mathematical and hydraulic modeling of flood water level increase transformations and embankment failures, for all rivers covered by the project, creating a preliminary flood risk assessment and preparing flood threat risk maps, as well as meteorological hazard maps and other threat maps, inventory of available IT resources and communication resources between institutions cooperating in the field of crisis management.

The ISOK project will also allow our country to fulfill its obligations imposed by the Floods Directive.

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