THE NATIONAL IMMUNESYSTEM

PROBABILITY + CONSEQUENCE = RISK

That’s the formula, used by the The National Danish Preparation Board in Denmark, to help determine which events are threatening this small northern european safe haven. The system keeping Denmark safe, is often unknown to the public eye, and some of the various events which can endanger the functions vital to the danish society, goes beyond imagination.

This project explores how the danish state protects its 5 million inhabitants from the most looming threats.

NUCLEAR EVENTS

The hand of a female health inspector touches a nuclear reactor silo, that is the last standing out of three research silos. The last one is currently being decommissioned at the Risø nuclear research facility. There has never been any nuclear power plants in Denmark, and these three research reactors closed in the mid eighties. One of the reasons the work is taking so long, is because small lead balls has been cast into the concrete, and now the two materials has to be separated. Around 10.000 m3 radioactive waste is still stored at Risø, and it has become a political twist to get rid of it. The nuclear threat towards Denmark mainly comes from the 170 active reactors in Europe, off which 3/4 is closer to Denmark than Tjernobyl. The closest is in Sweden, 65 km. from Denmark. If an event should happen, the knowledge and equipment of the health inspectors at Risø, play a vital role.

VIRULENT DISEASES

A young girl is receiving the HPV vaccine, which is the major cause of cervical cancer. The children vaccine programme in Denmark is a vital part of preventing diseases of high virulence of occurring in Denmark. The last decade the programme have experienced receding connection though. Especially the HPV vaccine has been surrounded by mediaattention, which has lead to only 28 percent of girls born in 2004 to receive the vaccine, down from 79 percent in 2000.

THE DANISH WEATHERINSTITUTE

The Danish weather institute is one of the biggest players, when it comes to defending the country, by predicting weather phenomenons and preventing destructions. Hurricanes, cloudbursts and flooding are all events that can have a huge impact on the key functions in society. Most weather forecasts are done by the DMI supercomputer, which is placed on in Island. It was placed here to save a vast amount of money on cooling.

SOLARWIND

The Geomagnetic point of 0 is being calibrated by engineer Lars Pedersen. The device is calculating differences in geomagnetic radiation from the sun, in order to predict solarwind shockwaves, that in worst case could cause disturbance in in earths magnetic field, and kill electricity in Denmark. To avoid disturbance from high voltage the device is placed in the countryside far from everything. The Danish Technological University’s Space department is in charge of the the danish space programme, and are also leading an international satellite mission called Swarm, meant to map the earths magnetic field with unprecedented precision. DTU Space has developed the magnetometers meant to perform the measuring. The mission is part of the European Space Agencies Living Planet programme.