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

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.

Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ

Address

Telegrafenberg 17
14473 Potsdam

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 747 649,44

Participants (9)

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FUTUREWATER BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 255 374,28

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 258 061,32

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 511 868,16

GECOSISTEMA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 258 061,32

STICHTING DELTARES

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 510 748,56

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 273 287,88

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 546 575,76

UMWELTBUNDESAMT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

HR WALLINGFORD LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 273 287,88

Partners (8)

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Risk Management Solutions Limited

Rijkswaterstaat (Ministry of Environment and Infrastructure)

AUTORITA' DI BACINO DEL FIUME PO

Guy Carpenter

adelphi consult GmbH (adelphi)

Deutsche Rückversicherung AG (DRAG)

Landamt für Umwelt, Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz

KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS METEOROLOGISCH INSTITUUT-KNMI

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 676027

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 884 131,08

  • EU contribution

    € 3 884 131,08

Coordinated by:

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ

Germany