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On the Impact of Extreme Weather <br/>on Critical Infrastructures

On the Impact of Extreme Weather
on Critical Infrastructures

Objective

The resilience of critical infrastructures (CI) to Extreme Weather Events (EWE) is one of the most salient and demanding challenges facing society. Growing scientific evidence suggests that more frequent and severe weather extremes such as heat waves, hurricanes, flooding and droughts are having an ever increasing impact, with the range and effects on society exacerbated when CI is disrupted / destroyed. EWE causing (cascaded) CI outages frequently cause major social and economic loss in disasters. The provisions and procedures to reduce their impact and consequences have often proved inadequate. The probability of exposure to EWE is expected to increase, both in frequency and intensity. Obviously, there is a need to build anticipatory adaptation and organizational resilience to these relatively unforeseen and unexpected EWE impacts on CI.

Hence, allowing for future EWE in the design and operational parameters of new and current CI is of fundamental and pressing strategic importance, to ensure cost effective fit, for purpose CI over the lifetime of the assets. There is an obligation to revisit the risk posed to new and existing CI and to develop practical (evidence based) responses by risk-based techniques and a set of validated tools and data sets tailored to practical needs reflecting the level of the risk and the severity of impact (social, economic, environmental, etc.) that would result in CI failure due to EWE.

INTACT recognizes that a European-wide coordinated and cooperative effort is required. INTACT is a strong, multidisciplinary consortium and offers a cross disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional systematic approach and a wealth of cutting edge, practical experience across the full range of technical disciplines, geographical regions, climatic conditions and infrastructure types.

Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Address

Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 Da Den Haag

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 642 083

Administrative Contact

Peter Petiet

Participants (13)

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TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Finland

FONDAZIONE CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEOSUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 263 518,67

STICHTING DELTARES

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 368 328,25

FUTURE ANALYTICS CONSULTING LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 167 754,40

DRAGADOS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 129 988,50

HR WALLINGFORD LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 305 585,75

PANTEIA BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 382 054,25

STIFTELSEN NORGES GEOTEKNISKE INSTITUTT

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 285 522

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 165 398,75

UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY

Japan

EU Contribution

€ 21 559,52

UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 232 685,20

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 260 227,75

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 220 812,88

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 606799

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2014

  • End date

    30 April 2017

Funded under:

FP7-SECURITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 390 414,07

  • EU contribution

    € 3 445 518,92

Coordinated by:

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands