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General objectives 

SAVEMEDCOASTS-2 is aimed at integrating climate change scenarios into disaster risk assessment and disaster risk management to face sea level rise up to 2100 of some among the most exposed river deltas and lagoons of the Mediterranean basin. It increases the availability and the use of scientific knowledge for disaster prevention, by developing: 

  1. multi-hazard approach to risk assessment 
  2. macro-regional risk assessment that integrates cascading impacts into climate change scenarios.


Specific objectives

SAVEMEDCOAST-2 integrates Earth Observation data and ground geodetic data with the IPCC climate projections (www.ipcc.ch) to define the individual contributions to the expected effects of the relative sea level rise in selected areas for the next 20-30 years and up to 2100.

The project includes nine Work Packages with the following specific objectives:

  1. estimate the relative sea level rise projections expected for the Case Studies up to the year 2100 by combining measures of land subsidence and sea level rise projections
  2. implement high and ultra-high resolution mapping
  3. specific objectives (1) and (2) lead to the implementation of flooding scenarios 
  4. assess cascading effects related to SLR-induced coastal floodings; these effects can be clogging of wastewater treatment plants (urban or industrial), interferences with sewage systems, cross-contamination of river/soil/marine coastal areas (for example due to pesticides), chemical contamination in the environment.
  5. evaluate the multiple impacts of sea-level rise in the coastal area of the city of Venice (Italy) by applying cutting-edge assessment methods
  6. provides guidance about how disaster management and climate adaptation can be better managed by considering a multi-risk perspective 
  7. implement a webGIS platform to share information on coastal flooding and climate-related hazards in the Mediterranean
  8. engage selected stakeholders in the management of SLR related coastal risks to implement a participatory decision-making strategy
  9. Integrate risk assessment in adaptation plans: the example of the city of Venice 
  10. Communicate risk to selected stakeholders including local authorities, citizens, and schools