The project Tri Continental Alliance in Numerical Methods applied to Natural Disasters (TCAiNMaND) has been awarded with a certificate by the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT, according its acronym in Spanish). The impact of the project is recognised concurring with the 25th anniversary of the Public Research System of the CONACYT.
Natural disasters are a major issue for almost all the countries in the world and are considered a priority concern on most of the country strategy papers. In particular, Mexico and China are two of the most vulnerable countries, which regularly suffer from earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and wildfires, to mention some of the most important disasters.
Therefore, the main motivation of this project funded by the European Commission comes from the need to establish a tri-continental collaborative scientific work. Asia and America bring their research projects and tools through Europe’s policies, work and agenda on the same objectives and interests, doing collaborative work on the development of numerical tools and open source software in order to face relevant issues problems related to natural disasters in which computing simulation can supply outstanding benefits to the different regions and ultimately to the world. Forecasting, depth analysis of causes, mitigation of their effects through a more secure buildings, reliability and risk assessment are some the advantages.
The main objective of the TCAiNMaND proposal is to build a coordinated Sino-Latin American-European team of researchers able to exploit open source codes and numerical methods for designing effective tools to mitigate the main Natural Disasters in the three regions, by a collaborative interchange of software resources, scientific knowledge and, naturally, scientific experts in the different fields.