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Morphological impacts and costal risks induced by extreme storm events

Acronym: MICORE
Period: June 2008 till 2011
Status: Completed

Institutes (4)  Top 
  • International Marine & Dredging Consultants NV (IMDC), more, partner
  • University of Ferrara (UNIFE), more, co-ordinator
  • European Commission; Seventh Framework Programme, more, sponsor
  • International Marine & Dredging Consultants NV (IMDC), more

Both the EU and The United Nations are now taking seriously the predicted climate change scenarios of the IPCC. Of particular relevance to Integrated Coastal Zone Management is the predicted increase in the intensity and frequency of powerful storm events characterised by larger peak wind speeds and consequently larger waves.

The MICORE project will provide the knowledge necessary to assess the present day risks and to study the economic and social impact of future severe storm events. The project will also develop operational predictive tools in support of emergency response to storm events. Together, these elements will have an important strategic impact on the safety of the people living in coastal areas. The project will also investigate with stakeholders and end-users the possibilities of producing EU-wide guidelines for a viable and reliable risk mitigation strategy.

MICORE will produce an up-to-date data base for each partner country that will include: an historical review of storms; an inventory of data related to the forcing signals; quantification of the morphological response of coastal systems to storms and to sequences of storms; an assessment of socio-economic impact; a description of existing civil protection schemes and interventions.

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