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HYDRALAB-PLUS Report Summary

Project ID: 654110
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - HYDRALAB-PLUS (HYDRALAB+ Adapting to climate change)

Reporting period: 2015-09-01 to 2017-02-28

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Countries worldwide are faced with challenges to adapt to climate change. The aim of HYDRALAB+ is to strengthen the coherence of experimental environmental hydraulic research by improving the infrastructures so that they can not only facilitate progress in the discipline, but also to better address climate change adaptation issues.

Networking activities will involve the wider community and stakeholders in the process of generating deliverables of the project. Joint research activities – JRA’s - adopt a multi-disciplinary approach and focus on morphological and ecological interactions at different time scales of forces related to climate change, while attention is given to measurement techniques, data management and the re-use of data. Facilities from 10 leading institutes are available to the scientific community for promising research projects under the umbrella of ‘transnational access’.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Main results Network Activities

The first two of six scheduled HYDRLAB+ Workshop Events have been completed.

During the first event between26-29 January 2016 in Hull, meetings were held with the facility owners and hydraulics community. The event included the JRA start-up meetings as well as an International Advisory Board meeting.

The second event - 15-19 September 2016 - was organised in Gdansk. During a workshop with policy makers, there were detailed discussions on the links between research and policy making with official representatives from Romania, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands presenting regional and national experiences of managing climate change adaptation. Furthermore a workshop on re-use and exchange of data was organised.

Main results Joint Research Activities

JRA1, Representing Climate Change in Physical Experiments (RECIPE) by UHull

The work in RECIPE has included:
1. A critical review of previous results and methods from previous and on-going research programmes to underpin the subsequent work in JRA1.
2. A number of experiments to investigate damage and overtopping associated with critical coastal structures under variable and unsteady test conditions with the aim of developing guidance to accelerate model testing.
3. Preparations for experiments to improve models that use lightweight sediments to accelerate the representation of time in models.
4. Preliminary experiments to develop new braided river modelling experiments with cohesive chemical additives to avoid the need to grow vegetation when simulating fluvial-biota interactions.
5. Chlorophyll Fluorescence selected as the primary tool for measuring plant stress in physical models.

Work has followed the schedule with a slight delay in the first deliverable to ensure that all partners were involved in reviewing and discussing the content during the Gdansk event. Several conference presentations have been given and a number of journal papers have been submitted.

There have also been a number of virtual and face-to-face meetings to co-ordinate activities with experiments being performed with the involvement of CNRS, Deltares, HRW, LNEC, UHull, UPorto, and UPC.

JRA2: Cross disciplinary Observations of Morphodynamics and Protective structures, Linked to Ecology and Extreme events (COMPLEX) by UPC

The work in COMPLEX has included:

1. Preliminary small to medium scale tests to optimize the design and observational deployment for the large scale tests.
2. Preparation of the observational equipment to improve the performance limits.
3. Plan for improving the facilities, so as to optimize the capabilities from each institution and the observational equipment available.
4. Selection of biota and flexible interventions, so as to prepare a plan for deploying these adaptive solutions into our large scale tests.
5. Development of numerical modelling, based on the experimental data available, to enhance the engineering applications of the work done.

Work performed has followed the schedule with only a slight delay in the large scale tests due to the difficulty of harmonizing the various tests and the observational equipment contributed by a number of partners.

The experiments performed, have been carried out at: CNRS, DICA, UAberdeen, UHannover, UHull, UPC, UTwente. The transfer has already started with contributions to some conferences and publication of papers plus ad-hoc meetings with coastal authorities of the participating countries.

JRA3; Facilitating the Re-use and Exchange of Experimental Data (FREE Data) by HRW

The work in FREE-Data has included:
1. Critical review of data flux between laboratory, numerical models and field case studies.
2. Data Standards and licenses.
3. Repository.
4. Data flux between the field and the laboratory is being investigated through a series of interlinked experiments that are planned for both small- and large-scale experiments combined with a field campaign in Denmark.
5. Data flux between the laboratory and numerical simulation.
6. Knowledge transfer.

Work is progressing well after a slow start. This has resulted in a delay in some of the work, relative to the original schedule. However, links have been made with external organisations, such as the Digital Curation Centre (creators of Data Management Plan online) and OpenAire (creators of the Zenodo data repository) that have already developed tools that can be applied in HYDRALAB+. We plan to make data from the other JRA’s and the TA programme available in a FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable) manner, in accordance with Horizon 2020 guidelines.

Main results Transnational Access (TA)

A first call for proposals offering the access to all facilities was launched in November 2015, covering the fields of oceanography, hydraulics and environmental and ice research. The deadline for the submission of proposals was 19 February; however it was extended till 11 March. 77 proposals have been received of which 17 were granted. 2 projects have been completed within this reporting period (HSVA and LUH) and 2 projects are underway (UHull and Deltares).

A second call for proposals was issued in September 2016 with an initial deadline of 2 December 2016, later extended to 16 December. Out of 53 proposals, 12 have been selected. Separately an additional call for proposals for the facilities of CNRS is planned in the spring of 2017. The developments after the second call will be detailed in the next periodic report.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Results will improve the performance of experimental research infrastructures in Europe to better address common climate change adaptation issues. The work will help to establish design criteria and performance limits for flexible interventions.
Improved and more effective testing of coastal defense structures will provide more knowledge for sustainable adaptation to climate change. Novel approaches will enable biota to be represented in experiments where they previously could not be used and in other experiments reduce experimental time by removing the need to wait for biofilm growth. Further RECIPE work on using lightweight sediments will also reduce experimental time enabling more cost-efficient use of infrastructures and improve our understanding of long-term environmental change.
In COMPLEX we have selected a combination of sediment sizes with sea grass and rigid/flexible structures that yield a limited number of tests that will enable improvement of present engineering applications.

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