Paper presentation at the International Conference “AdaptToClimate”, 27 – 28 March, 2014, Nicosia, Cyprus

A paper on “Improving resilience against extreme and rare events in coastal regions: an initial methodological proposal – the case study of the city of Rethymno” has been presented at the International Conference “AdaptToClimate”, 27 – 28 March, 2014, Nicosia, Cyprus. The conference, amongst others, aims on climate change adaptation, vulnerability assessment, disaster preparedness and emergency planning, and decision support tools.

Abstract of the paper

Coastal floods are regarded as among the most dangerous and harmful of all natural disasters affecting urban areas adjacent to the shorelines. Rapid urbanization combined with climate change and poor governance often results in significant increases in flood risk, especially for coastal communities. Significant efforts are currently focusing on forecasting, prediction and early warning capabilities using state of art science and technology to help policy makers and emergency services develop robust risk reduction strategies. However, forecasting and prediction is only part of the answer. Of equal importance is the ability to develop broader management strategies, supported by appropriate institutional and organizational arrangements. Preparing for effective response to extreme events not only involves technology but also significant social, economic, organizational and political considerations. This lack of integration between social aspects and technical measures, within a robust sociotechnical representation and understanding of risk and its evolution is provided by PEARL– an EU funded project – to be completed by 2017, which is developing adaptive risk management strategies for coastal communities focusing on extreme hydro-meteorological events, using a multidisciplinary approach, integrating social, environmental and technical research and innovation. In the present paper the general methodology of the program is briefly presented and the suggested approach concerning the coastal area of Rethymno is discussed.

  • C. Makropoulos, V. Tsoukala, A. Lykou, M. Chodros, N. Manojlovic and Z. Vojinovic, 2014: Improving resilience against extreme and rare events in coastal regions: an initial methodological proposal – the case study of the city of Rethymno. Proceed. of the AdaptToClimate International Conference, Nicosia, 27-28 March 2014
  • V. Tsoukala, et al., 2014, conference presentation