THESEUS

INNOVATIVE COASTAL TECHNOLOGIES FOR SAFER EUROPEAN COASTS IN A CHANGING CLIMATE

Reference: 244104

Call: FP7-ENV-2009

Theme: environment

Scientist: Piero Ruol

Department: Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering

UNIPD: participant

Total cost: 8,519,726 €

Eu Funding: 6,530,000 €

Email: piero.ruol@unipd.it

Project Description

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. 

Partners

Coordinator: Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna
Participants: Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis, Consorzio per la Gestione del Centro di Coordinamento delle Attività
di Ricerca Inerenti il Sistema Lagunare di Venezia, Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen - KNAW, Helmoltz-Zentrum Geestacht Zentrum für Material-und Kustenforschung GmbH, University of Plymouth, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, University of Southampton, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Instytut Meteorologii I Gospodarki Wodnej, Aalborg Universitet, Latvijas Universitate, Athens University of Economics and Business – Research Center, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Institute of Oceanology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Middlesex University Higher Education Corporation, Marine Hydrophysical Institute – Ukrainan National Academy of Sciencezs, Universidad de Cantabria, Entente Interdepartementale pour la Demoustication du Littoral Méditerranéen, Instytut Budownicts Wodnego Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Istituto Superiore per la Ricerca e la Protezione Ambientale, Hamburg Port Authority, East China Normal University – ECNU, National Cheng Kung University, Infram International Bv, University of Delaware, P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences, Bangor University, Bureau de Recherches Geologiques et Minieres, Centre d’Etudes Techniques Maritimes et Fluviales, Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee – VZW, Università degli Studi di Padova