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A Large-Scale Systems Approach to Flood Risk Assessment and Management

Objective

Flood risk systems are characterised by physical and socio-economic processes acting at different space-time scales, by non-stationary and non-linear behaviour, and by a significant degree of interdependence between processes. This may lead to surprising developments and unanticipated side effects of risk reduction measures. A novel systems approach is needed that captures this dynamics and accounts for the interactions of the system components. We propose the ETN SYSTEM-RISK which aims at developing this systems approach for large spatial scales, from large river basins to the European scale. The research concept of SYSTEM-RISK builds upon the entire risk chain, from the source of hazard to consequences, and analyses the interactions and temporal dynamics in flood risk systems. In this way, the linear risk chain is replaced by a more realistic approach with interdependent links. SYSTEM-RISK exposes early-stage researchers (ESR) to all knowledge domains along the risk chain, and gives them, at the same time, the opportunity to build specific research profiles. The interdisciplinary setting and the focus on interactions and spatio-temporal dynamics of risk system will expand the mental models and lead to a new generation of creative scientists, able to transfer their systems perspective from flood risk systems to other fields. We bring together internationally leading groups in flood research with institutions from the non-academic main sectors exploiting flood research – consultancy, insurance industry and governmental sector. Close interaction will support the ESRs in developing trans-disciplinary skills with an understanding of both fundamental science and application. SYSTEM-RISK will deliver a suite of methods and tools for assessing and managing flood risk across large regions. This will be of highest importance for the EU Flood Directive and Strategy on Adaptation for Climate Change due to the EU’s key role in dealing with risks transcending national borders.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/crisis management/flood risk management

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ
Address
Telegrafenberg 17
14473 Potsdam
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 862 081,34

Participants (9)

FUTUREWATER BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Costerweg 1G
6702 AA Wageningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 511 868,16
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GECOSISTEMA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Piazza Malatesta 21
47900 Rimini Rn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING DELTARES
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 510 748,56
Address
Boussinesqweg 1
2629 HV Delft
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 546 575,76
Address
The Burroughs, Hendon .
NW4 4BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UMWELTBUNDESAMT

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 134 784,58
Address
Woerlitzer Platz 1
06844 Dessau-rosslau
Activity type
Research Organisations
HR WALLINGFORD LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Howbery Park
OX10 8BA Wallingford
Activity type
Other

Partners (8)

Risk Management Solutions Limited
United Kingdom
Address
Monument Street 30
EC3R 8NB London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MINISTERIE VAN INFRASTRUCTUUR EN WATERSTAAT
Netherlands
Address
Rijnstraat 8
2500 EX Den Haag
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
AUTORITA' DI BACINO DEL FIUME PO
Italy
Address
Via Garibaldi 75
43100 Parma
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Guy Carpenter
United Kingdom
Address
1 Tower Place West
EC3R 5BU London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
adelphi consult GmbH (adelphi)
Germany
Address
Alt-moabit 91
10559 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Deutsche Rückversicherung AG (DRAG)
Germany
Address
Hansaallee 177
40549 Düsseldorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Landamt für Umwelt, Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz
Germany
Address
Seeburger Chaussee 2
14476 Potsdam
Activity type
Other
KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS METEOROLOGISCH INSTITUUT-KNMI
Netherlands
Address
Utrechtseweg 297
3731 GA De Bilt
Activity type
Research Organisations