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Risk workflow for cascading and compounding hazards in coastal urban areas

The main goal of the CASCO project is to develop new integrated methods and models for multi-hazard risk assessment of coastal urban areas, subject to extreme geophysical and climatic events. This project will provide a unique opportunity to cut across several separate disciplines within these fields. An extreme event scenario in Europe that results from several interacting hazards that increasingly lead to cascading socio-economic impacts and require societal responses will be studied.

Emphasis will also be placed on the communication of results to stakeholders under the umbrella of SynCom. Novel assessments of such complex integrated risk scenarios are key to the development of coping mechanisms and risk reduction strategies for society. Through the collaboration between centers and the development of integrative methods, data and tools, this project will enable a synergy in the Program ‘Changing Earth’ required to increase our understanding of the interacting dynamics of the Earth system and the potential socio-economic impacts to which societies and the built environment are exposed.

This project is carried out jointly with GFZ, GEOMAR and AWI. Hereon/GERICS will contribute the analysis of climatological extremes and impact analyses, including urban adaptation responses. We will develop a dataset of climatological and hydrological hazards based on regional climate projection data, focussed on rainfall and temperature extremes. Jointly with the partners a multi-hazard workflow for cascading risks will be developed. In addition, we will apply a model to simulate urban planning responses to extreme events.

The project is funded by the so-called innovation pool of the Helmholtz Association. The innovation pool for the Research Field Earth and Environment serves to strengthen the cooperation between the centers, fund new innovative ideas in 3-year projects, support initiatives proposed by young scientists, and flexibly respond to emerging, socially relevant themes in research campaigns.


Dr. Laurens Bouwer

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