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Innovative coastal technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate

Innovative coastal technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate

Objective

Coastal areas are vital economic hubs in terms of settlement, industry, agriculture, trade and tourism to mention some key sectors. There are already many coastal problems including erosion, flood risk and long-term habitat deterioration. As economies continue to develop the asset base at risk will grow, while accelerating climate change will increase the likelihood of damaging extreme events, as well as accelerate habitat decline.
Existing coastal management and defence approaches are not well tuned to these challenges as they assume a static situation.
THESEUS will develop a systematic approach to delivering both a low-risk coast for human use and healthy habitats for evolving coastal zones subject to multiple change factors.
The innovative combined mitigation and adaptation technologies to be considered will include ecologically-based mitigation measures (such as restoration and/or creation of habitats), hydro-morphodynamic techniques (such as wave energy converters, sediment reservoirs, multi-purpose structures, overtop resistant dikes), actions to reduce the impact on society and economy (such as promotion of risk awareness or spatial planning) and GIS-based software to support defence planning.
To integrate the best of these technical measures in a strategic policy context we will develop overarching THESEUS guidelines which will considers the environmental, social and economic issues raised in any coastal area.
It is in this spirit that THESEUS will advance European and international experience in applying innovative technologies to reducing coastal risks.
THESEUS activities will be carried out within a multidisciplinary framework using 8 study sites across Europe, with specific attention to the most vulnerable coastal environments such as deltas, estuaries and wetlands, where many large cities and industrial areas are located.
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Coordinator

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Address

Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 914 026,60

Administrative Contact

Verdiana Bandini (Dr.)

Participants (31)

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UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 378 204

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 384 474

AALBORG UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 318 186

Infram International BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 195 808

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM GEESTHACHT ZENTRUM FUR MATERIAL- UND KUSTENFORSCHUNG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 286 175

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 399 820,91

UNIVERSITE DE VERSAILLES SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES.

France

EU Contribution

€ 316 869

CENTRE D'ETUDES TECHNIQUES MARITIMES ET FLUVIALES

France

EU Contribution

€ 331 206

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 287 306

INSTYTUT METEOROLOGII I GOSPODARKIWODNEJ - PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 179 211

INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 141 885

ATHENS UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS - RESEARCH CENTER

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 204 776

KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 179 673

CORILA - CONSORZIO PER IL COORDINAMENTO DELLE RICERCHE INERENTI AL SISTEMA LAGUNARE DI VENEZIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 189 174

INSTYTUT BUDOWNICTWA WODNEGO POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 185 930

BANGOR UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 92 973,49

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

France

EU Contribution

€ 168 567

HAMBURG PORT AUTHORITY

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 78 492

Entente interdepartementale pour la demoustication du littoral méditerranéen

France

EU Contribution

€ 112 605

LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATE

Latvia

EU Contribution

€ 102 794

ISTITUTO SUPERIORE PER LA PROTEZIONE E LA RICERCA AMBIENTALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 161 923,20

VLAAMS INSTITUUT VOOR DE ZEE VZW

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 158 475

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 149 838

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 169 956,80

MARINE HYDROPHYSICAL INSTITUTE - UKRAINIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Ukraine

EU Contribution

€ 50 573

P.P. SHIRSHOV INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY OF RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 84 946

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

United States

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO

Mexico

EU Contribution

€ 88 802

EAST CHINA NORMAL UNIVERSITY ECNU

China

EU Contribution

€ 95 665

NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY

Taiwan

STICHTING NIOZ, KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 121 665

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244104

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2009

  • End date

    30 November 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 534 149,87

  • EU contribution

    € 6 530 000

Coordinated by:

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy