Coastal floods are regarded as one of the most dangerous and harmful of all natural disasters. Rapid urbanisation in coastal areas combined with climate change and poor governance can lead to a significant increase in the risk of local pluvial flooding coinciding with high water levels in rivers and high tide or storm surges from the sea, posing a greater risk of devastation in coastal communities.
There is a need to improve forecasting, prediction and early warning capabilities using state of art science and technology to help policy makers and emergency services to develop robust risk reduction strategies. However, forecasting and prediction is only part of the answer. Of equal importance is the ability to effectively warn the population in areas that will be affected, and that warning systems for the general public are integrated into broader management strategies and supported by appropriate institutional and organisational arrangements. Preparing for effective response to extreme events not only involves technology but also significantly social, economic, organisational and political considerations. The PEARL project seeks to fill in the lack of interaction between social aspects and technical measures – appearing to be a major hindrance for solving some of the greatest problems associated with floods and flood-related disasters.
PEARL benefits from contributions from a team of young researchers
At a glance
|Title||Preparing for extreme and rare events in coastal regions|
|Instrument||FP7 – Collaborative Project|
|Total Cost||6,474,834.28 €|
|EC Contribution||4,998,851.04 €|
|Duration||4 years (2014-2018)|
|Start Date||01 January 2014|
|Consortium||24 partners from 13 countries|
|Project Coordinator||Dr Zoran Vojinovic
UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands
|Key Words||Extreme hydro-meteorological events, holistic risk, governance, multi-hazard risk assessment, early warning, active stakeholder participation|
To have an overview of the project, download the PEARL Flyer.