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THESEUS - Innovative coastal technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate

  • 21215
  • CORDIS - PROJECTS 01/12/2009
  • RISULTATO

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.


Start date: 2009-12-01
End date: 2013-11-30

Duration: 48 months

Project Reference: 244104

Project cost: 8.52 million euro
Project Funding: 6.53 million euro

Subprogramme Area: ENV.2009.3.1.6.1 Innovative coastal defence technologies
Contract type: Large-scale integrating project



Coordinatore: ALMA MATER STUDIORUM-UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA - Verdiana BANDINI (Dr) BOLOGNA ITALIA

Altri Partecipanti

  • P.P. SHIRSHOV INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY OF RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES - RUSSIAN FEDERATION
  • UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE - UNITED STATES
  • INFRAM INTERNATIONAL BV - NETHERLANDS
  • NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY - TAIWAN
  • EAST CHINA NORMAL UNIVERSITY ECNU - CHINA
  • ISTITUTO SUPERIORE PER LA RICERCA E LA PROTEZIONE AMBIENTALE - ITALY
  • HAMBURG PORT AUTHORITY - GERMANY
  • CONSORZIO PER LA GESTIONE DEL CENTRO DI COORDINAMENTO DELLE ATTIVITA DI RICERCA INERENTI IL SISTEMA LAGUNARE DI VENEZIA - ITALY
  • INSTYTUT BUDOWNICTA WODNEGO POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK - POLAND
  • ENTENTE INTERDEPARTEMENTALE POUR LA DEMOUSTICATION DU LITTORAL MÉDITERRANÉEN - FRANCE
  • UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA - SPAIN
  • MARINE HYDROPHYSICAL INSTITUTE - UKRAINIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES - UKRAINE
  • MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION - UNITED KINGDOM
  • VLAAMS INSTITUUT VOOR DE ZEE VZW - BELGIUM
  • INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES - BULGARIA
  • UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO - MEXICO
  • UNIVERSITE DE VERSAILLES SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES. - FRANCE
  • ATHENS UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS - RESEARCH CENTER - GREECE
  • LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATE - LATVIA
  • KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW - NETHERLANDS
  • CENTRE D'ETUDES TECHNIQUES MARITIMES ET FLUVIALES - FRANCE
  • BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES - FRANCE
  • BANGOR UNIVERSITY - UNITED KINGDOM
  • AALBORG UNIVERSITET - DENMARK
  • INSTYTUT METEOROLOGII I GOSPODARKI WODNEJ - POLAND
  • KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN - BELGIUM
  • ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS - GREECE
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON - UNITED KINGDOM
  • GKSS - FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GEESTHACHT GMBH - GERMANY
  • UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH - UNITED KINGDOM
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Quadro di finanziamento
  • 7FP-ENVIRONMENT : AMBIENTE (COMPRESI I CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI): priorità tematica 6 nell'ambito del programma specifico “Cooperazione” recante attuazione del Settimo programma quadro (2007-2013) di attività comunitarie di ricerca, sviluppo tecnologico e dimostrazione
Area di interesse
  • Unione Europea