Resccue

This project has recived funding from European Comission by means of Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, under Grant Agreement no. 700174

RESCCUE project

Paragraphs: 
Left
CONCEPT
RESCCUE IN THE WORLD OF CITIES

Today, 54% of the world’s population lives in cities, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66% by 20501. These cities are constantly facing different impacts of climate change that not only cause significant economic losses but also pose challenges to urban living: 8 of the 10 most populous cities are vulnerable to earthquakes, and 6 of the 10 are at risk from floods, storm surges and tsunamis2.

In this context, Europe’s first large-scale innovation and urban resilience project RESCCUE was born to improve urban resilience: the capability of cities to anticipate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from significant multi-hazard threats with minimum damage.

RESCCUE factsheet:

  • Name: RESilience to cope with Climate Change in Urban arEas – a multisectorial approach focusing on water
  • Acronym: RESCCUE
  • Funding: European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme
  • Call and topic: H2020-DRS-09-2015 - Disaster Resilience; Climate Change topic 1: Science and innovation for adaptation to climate change: from assessing costs, risks and opportunities to demonstration of options and practices
  • Grant Agreement Number: 700174
  • Budget: 8.023.342,50 €
  • EU Contribution: 6.896.991,76 €
  • Duration: 48 months (May 2016 – April 2020)
  • Consortium: 18 partners
  • Coordinator: Aquatec – SUEZ Advanced Solutions

1 United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2014) - World Urbanization Prospects: The 2014 Revision, Highlights (ST/ESA/SER.A/352)

2 United Nations, Disaster Through a Different Lens: Behind Every Effect There is a Cause. Geneva; United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UNISDR), 2011

Right
THE BIG CHALLENGE
FACING CLIMATE CHANGE IN URBAN AREAS

The RESCCUE project aims to help urban areas around the world to become more resilient to climate change.

More precisely, RESCCUE will bring this objective to practice by providing innovative models and tools to improve the ability of cities to withstand and recover quickly from multiple shocks and stresses and maintain continuity of services.

An end-users – city managers and urban service operators – oriented toolkit will have the capability to be deployed to different types of cities, with different climate change pressures.

Left
WATER- FOCUSED MULTISECTORIAL APPROACH
A MULTISECTORIAL APPROACH, A KEY ADVANTAGE OF RESCCUE

Cities, being complexes of interdependent systems, cannot be understood by sectorial and disciplinary approaches alone3. In this sense, RESCCUE goes beyond conventional urban resilience approaches delivering a forward looking, multi-scale, multisectorial and multi-hazard methodology. In order to interconnect the several sectorial models, the project will take advantage of the existent HAZUR® tool. The HAZUR® approach is based on a method and software (as a service) to help city decision makers and urban resilience professionals make fully informed and structured choices to make their cities more resilient analyzing the interdependencies between different city services, monitoring the city and simulating cascade effects in case of impacts that may affect the city. 

Based on this holistic approach, RESCCUE will analyze an interconnectedness of different urban systems, taking as starting point the water sector. This sector has been highlighted due to the importance of water- related risks in the correct functioning of a city: droughts or heavy rains can produce critical impacts on strategic urban services such as water supply, solid waste, telecommunication, energy supply, transport, etc.

3 Walloth C, Gurr JM, Schmidt JA Eds.(2014) - Understanding Complex Urban Systems: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Modeling. Springer International Publishing Switzerland

3 RESEARCH SITES
3 CITIES, 3 DIFFERENT CHALLENGES

The models and tools will be validated in three different cities, carefully selected by their representativeness of the European diversity in terms of climate type and city characteristics: Barcelona, Lisbon and Bristol.

The aim of having three cities as the validation platform and first application of RESCCUE’s results will guarantee that the final product is complete, qualified and will ensure its maximum replicability when the project ends.
Click on the map to get a short description of the characteristics of each research site and their current status in the resilience building.

BARCELONA - CRITICAL HAZARDS DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE SCENARIOS:

 

Urban flooding Combined Sewer Overflow during heavy storm events, drought, heat waves and sea level rise.

LISBOA - CRITICAL HAZARDS DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE SCENARIOS:

 

Urban flooding, sea-level rise and derived coastal erosion and heat waves.

BRISTOL - CRITICAL HAZARDS DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE SCENARIOS:

 

Coastal, river and pluvial flooding, droughts and sea-level rise.

Left
EXPECTED IMPACTS
Future cities, resilient cities

Most of world population will end up living in cities, therefore it is critical and highly urgent to have tools available to assess, plan and monitor urban resilience in an integral way. There is where RESCCUE will contribute with a set of innovative tools for urban resilience assessment, planning and management. These tools will help cities with their climate change adaptation strategy and will also improve their current capacity to cope with emergencies.

In particular, the main impacts expected from the project are:

  • Rapid large-scale deployment and market uptake of innovative technological and non-technological climate change adaptation solutions with high replicability.
  • Contribution to the development of technological and performance standards for adaptation options.
  • Improving innovation capacity and the integration of new knowledge.
  • Strengthening the competitiveness and growth of companies by developing innovations meeting the needs of European and global markets; and, where relevant, by delivering such innovations to the markets.
  • Environmental and social impacts based on citizens’ protection and security by enabling a better coordination of the city emergency teams and consequently, a faster response from their side.
Right
RESCCUE FAMILY
Together we can

The RESCCUE family is formed by*:

  • Project coordinator: Aquatec - SUEZ Advanced Solutions
  • 3 City councils of the cities included in the study:  Barcelona, Lisbon and Bristol
  • The United Nations agency UN-Habitat.
  • Urban services companies: Endesa, EDP, Aguas de Portugal, and Suez Advanced Solutions UK.
  • Research centres: Cetaqua, FIC, LNEC and IREC.
  • Universities: Exeter and EIVP.
  • SMEs: Opticits, Hidra and UrbanDNA.
Left

grafico_resccue.png

Project structure

RESCCUE project will be implemented through a set of eight work packages (WPs). The figure on the left depicts the project structure adopted by RESCCUE specifying the relations among WPs and their leaders.

Right
ABOUT H2020
Excellent science, industrial leadership and societal challenges

The RESCCUE project is co-funded by the Horizon 2020 – the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever that encourages Europe’s most promising ideas get from the laboratory to the market.

 

 

 

 

Downloads
Promotional materials
Deliverables
Publications & conferences
Photo and video gallery
LOGOTYPE
The oficial logotype of the RESCCUE project
MANUAL OF IDENTITY
This manual is designed to clearly and concisely define the RESCCUE brand.
LEAFLET
This printed document provides a brief overview of urbanization, explains the concept of urban resilience and finally presents various aspects of the RESCCUE project
D.1.1. DATA COLLECTION AND QUALITY CONTROL. SUMMARY OF STUDIES ON CLIMATE VARIABLES AT THE RESEARCH CITIES
Definition of the climate variables of interest and the corresponding data requirements and collection for each pilot case, together with the quality control plan to ensure optimal results (delivered M6).
D1.2. Final climate scenarios report
Compilation and description of the final climate scenarios used in the framework of the project (scheduled M18).
D1.3 Report on extreme events prediction
Description of the estimated extreme events (for different time horizons) that will be used in the framework of the project (scheduled M24).
D2.1. Identification of potential hazard for urban strategic services produced by extreme events
Analysis of the potential hazards for different urban services, at each research site, with special focus in the identification of potential interconnection among them (sheduled M6).
D2.2. Multi-hazards assessment related to water cycle extreme events for current scenario
Estimation of the effects of the selected pressures on the water systems of each city for a set of strategic services in the current scenario (sheduled M24).
D2.3. Multi-hazards assessment related to water cycle extreme events for future scenarios
Estimation of the effects of the selected pressures on the water systems of each city for a set of strategic services in the future scenarios (sheduled M36).
D3.1. Literature review on methods for impact quantification
State-of-the art on the available methods for the quantification of impacts of identified hazards in urban areas (sheduled M6).
D3.2. Tools with updated impact assessment models
Report of the results obtained from the process of updating existing impact assessment models (sheduled M15).
D3.3. Methodology for modelling of cascading and feedback effects
Description of the methodology used to model the cascading effects and to translate them into sectorial hazards (sheduled M24).
D3.4. Impact assessments of multiple hazards in case study areas
Report of the results from the assessment of impacts from multiple hazards in the three case study areas (sheduled M36).
D4.1. Report from HAZUR® implementation in each city
Report on the results from applying the HAZUR® Assessment tool to each case study (sheduled M18).
D4.2. City RESILIENCE Assessment software (HAZUR® Assessment)
Description and presentation of the new functionalities implemented in the HAZUR® Assessment tool (sheduled M36).
D4.3. City RESILIENCE Management software (HAZUR® Manager)
Description and presentation of the new functionalities implemented in the HAZUR® Manager tool (sheduled M48).
D5.1. Multisectorial resilience strategies framework and strategies database development
Description of the multisectorial resilience strategies framework to consider the impacts of each strategy on all the urban services and description of the database compiling all kinds of resilience measures to be applied at urban level (sheduled M18).
D5.2. Report on methodologies for the selection of resilience strategies
Description of the methodologies being developed for comparing and selecting resilience strategies (sheduled M36).
D5.3. Functional design of a resilience assessment operational module
Definition of the functional design of a resilience assessment operational module to be used as a connection between the HAZUR® Manager tool and the tool locally used to manage and operate urban systems in real time (sheduled M42).
D5.4. Report on Enhanced communication system for stakeholder participation
Definition of a jointly action plan to increase urban resilience to cope with climate change and extreme events based on communication (sheduled M48).
D6.1. Report with the resilience diagnosis for each city
Development of a structured resilience diagnosis for each research site and presentation of the results of this diagnosis carried out using HAZUR® Assessment and HAZUR® Manager (sheduled M30).
D6.2. Resilience plans of the RESCCUE cities
Description of the Resilience Plans developed for each case study (sheduled M40).
D6.3. Manual of best practice
Development of guidelines (Best Practices Manual) to increase resilience in urban areas (to be used by any city out of the project’s consortium) (sheduled M48).
D7.1. PROJECT BRANDING (LOGO AND TEMPLATES)
Development of the project’s branding: logo and templates (delivered M3).
D7.2. Content for dissemination and promotional material, including a video and digital communication material
Development of the dissemination and promotional material: leaflet, website, video, publications, dissemination workshops, final conference, etc. (sheduled M48).
D7.3. Business Plan
Definition of the Business Plan dealing, among others with the issues concerning the commercialization of results (sheduled M15).
D7.4. Dissemination and Exploitation Plan
Definition of the dissemintation plan, presenting the results to be disseminated, the target groups and channels to get to them. Definition of the Exploitation Plan dealing, among others, with IPR issues (sheduled M15).
D8.1. PROJECT MANAGEMENT MANUAL
Development and update of the Project Management Manual to compile information on project structure, meeting plans, standard templates for deliverables, meeting agendas, meeting minutes and internal quality control forms (delivered M3).
D8.2. DATA MANAGEMENT PLAN
Development and update of the Data Management Plan to specify which of the data generated by the project will be open and how this data will be exploited and made accessible (for verification and/or reuse) and, on the contrary, which of the data will be preserved (confidential, delivered M6).
D8.3. Updated Contingency plan
Development and update of a Contingency Plan to define specific mitigation and contingency measures to amend any possible setback (sheduled M12).
D8.4. Societal Impact Reports
Development and update of a Societal Impact Report to assess the societal impacts derived from the project (sheduled M24).
RESCCUE KICK-OFF MEETING
Materials of the Kick-off meeting held in Barcelona on 30th-31st of May 2016.
IWA LET 2016
Presentation of Marc Velasco “Implementation of strategies for improving urban resilience in a climate change context” carried out in the IWA Leading Edge Conference on 13th of June 2016 in Jerez de la Frontera.
EUREAU/COPP22 2016
Presentation of Pere Malgrat “RESCCUE project: a new and holistic approach to increase resilience to climate change in Europe. Application to Barcelona, Lisbon & Bristol” carried out in the EurEau congress on 20th of September in Copenhagen.
IWATER 2016
General presentation of the RESCCUE project carried out by its Project manager Marc Velasco in the iWater Conference, held in Barcelona on 16th-18th of November.
RESCCUE KICK-OFF MEETING
Photos from the Kick-off meeting held in Barcelona on 30th-31st of May 2016.
2ND PROJECT COMMITTEE MEETING
Photos from the Second Project Committee meeting held in Lisbon on 21st -22nd of November 2016.