Europska komisija, HORIZON2020 - A pan-European framework for strengthening Critical Infrastructure resilience to climate change (EU-CIRCLE)   (Grant Agreement No. 653824)

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Title A pan-European framework for strengthening Critical Infrastructure resilience to climate change (EU-CIRCLE)
Abstract EU-CIRCLE is a research project funded by Horizon2020 EU's new research and innovation programme, with an aim to assess the resilience of interconnected and interdependent critical infrastructures to climate change.
As European Infrastructures have lifetime that span in several decades, it is imperative to generate scientifically truthful and validated knowledge on the potential impacts of climate, as a viable pathway for making them resilient to future climate regimes. Owing to the multiple time scales involved, the main policy objective, as underline in the EU Adaptation Strategy to Climate Change (COM (2013) 216) as well as national policy briefs , is to move towards infrastructure network(s) that is resilient to today's natural hazards and prepared for the future changing climate. Furthermore, modern infrastructures are inherently interconnected and interdependent systems; thus extreme events are liable to lead to "cascade failures".
EU-CIRCLE's scope is to derive an innovative framework for supporting the interconnected European Infrastructure's resilience to climate pressures. This will be based on the development of a validated Climate Infrastructure Resilience Platform that will: 1) assess potential impacts due to climate hazards, 2) provide monitoring through new resilience indicators and 3) support cost-efficient adaptation measures. The EU-CIRCLE framework, leveraging upon the vast amount of existing knowledge generated thus in the climate research, will provide an open-source web-based solution customizable to addressing community requirements, either in responding to short-term hazards and extreme weather events or in deriving the most effective long term adaptation measures.
DHMZ will perform an assessment of the status and capabilities of climate and weather forecasting related models, their potential suitability and limitations in being utilized for assessing the climate related hazards on the operation of critical infrastructure at different temporal and spatial scales. Different types of climate information will be analysed (GCMs, RCM, statistical - dynamically downscaled models, local and regional models, extreme weather models) categorised and assessed. The classification will be fully compatible to the requirements of critical infrastructure modelling. The output of the models will be additionally associated with frequency of appearance of critical event parameters or user defined thresholds.
Key words Europe, critical infrastructure, climate information, climate change, extreme weather events
Contact person for DHMZ dr. sc. Branka Ivančan-Picek (branka.ivancan-picek(at), tel:01-45 65 678)
Researchers from DHMZ dr. sc. Alica Bajić, mr. sc. Ksenija Cindrić Kalin, dr. sc. Ivan Gütller, dr. sc. Kristian Horvath, mr. sc. Melita Perčec Tadić, Mario Hrastinski
Duration 1. 6. 2015. - 1. 6. 2018.
  1. National Center of Scientific Research Demokritos (Greece)
  2. Aditess Ltd (Cyprus)
  3. Satways Ltd (Greece)
  4. D'Appolonia Spa (Italy)
  5. Xuvasi Ltd (UK)
  6. MRK Management Consultants Gmbh (Germany)
  7. Artelia Eau Et Environnement SAS (France)
  8. Veleučilište Velika Gorica (Croatia)
  9. The University of Exeter (UK)
  10. Akademia Morska W Gdyni (Poland)
  11. The University Of Salford (UK)
  12. The European University Cyprus (Cyprus)
  13. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung e.v (Germany)
  14. Hellenic National Meteorological Service / Ministry Of National Defence (Greece)
  15. Državni hidrometeorološki zavod (Croatia)
  16. Meteorologisk institutt (Norway)
  17. Državna uprava za zaštitu i spašavanje (Croatia)
  18. Center for Security Studies (Greece)
  19. Entente Pour La Forêt Méditerranéenne (France)
  20. Torbay Council (UK)