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Improved Resilience and Sustainable Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage Areas to cope with Climate Change and Other Hazards based on Innovative Algorithms and Modelling Tools

Project description

Monitoring resilience of cultural heritage areas against climate change

Museums, historical buildings and archaeological sites are indisputably affected by climate change. It is important to evaluate all possible environmental threats to prepare preventive actions. The EU-funded YADES project aims to train a network of fellows on how to preserve and boost resilience of cultural heritage areas and historic cities against climate change and associated hazards. The fellows will be trained to develop and introduce a detailed map with visualisations to monitor the whole system of hazards from atmospheric and other damage functions to historic buildings and areas. The data from the monitoring platform will be analysed by a simulation system and provided to local authorities, enabling necessary mitigation actions.


YADES aims to efficiently train a network of fellows on the field of the resilience of Cultural Heritage (CH) areas and historic cities against Climate Change (CC) and other types of hazards. Towards this direction, YADES aims to introduce a research framework for downscaling the created climate and atmospheric composition as well as associated risk maps down to the 1x1 km (historic area) scale, and specific damage functions for CH materials. Applying atmospheric modelling for specific CC scenarios at such refined spatial and time scales allows for an accurate quantitative and qualitative impact assessment of the estimated micro-climatic and atmospheric stressors. YADES will perform combined structural/geotechnical analysis of the CH sites and damage assessment under normal and changed conditions, based on the climatic zone, the micro-climate conditions, the petrographic and textural features of building materials, historic data for the structures, the effect of previous restoration processes and the environmental/physical characteristics of the surrounding environment. The data coming from installed monitoring system will be coupled with simulated data (under our cultural heritage resilience assessment platform-CHRAP) and will be further analysed through our data management system, while supporting communities’ participation and public awareness. The data from the monitoring system will feed the DSS so as to provide proper adaptation and mitigation strategies. The produced vulnerability map will be used by the local authorities to assess the threats of CC (and other natural hazards), visualize the built heritage and cultural landscape under future climate scenarios, model the effects of different adaptation strategies, and ultimately prioritize any rehabilitation actions to best allocate funds in both pre- and post-event environments. To train the fellows, the project will make use of extensive workshop and training sessions, as well organise summer schools.


Net EU contribution
€ 276 000,00
Heroon polytechniou 9 zographou campus
157 80 Athina

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (10)