PEARL Knowledge Base Platform illustrated at the Amsterdam International Water Week

AIWW_presentation_ChristosOn 3 November 2015, the International Water Association (IWA) and Deltares organised a workshop on “Tools for Urban Resilience & Climate Adaptation” in the framework of the Amsterdam International Water Week (2-6 November, Amsterdam, The Netherlands). The special event showcased several tools to assist urban planners, municipalities and other stakeholders in the identification of risks, selection and design of solutions, and investment decision-making to address flooding due to local and upstream precipitation or storm surges.
Among the speakers was Christos Makropoulos from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), who presented the Knowledge Base Platform for Resilience Measures and Strategies developed within WP5 of the PEARL project. In front of a crowded room, he illustrated the operation of the tool through few practical examples and highlighted the connections with PEARL Web Learning & Planning platform. By exchanging views with developers of similar complementary instruments and receiving the opinion of the public, various possible improvements were identified for the further development of the platforms. The great attendance made the workshop very successful not only in promoting the tools and project PEARL, but also in collecting content contributions to the platform.

PEARL at the Stockholm World Water Week 2015

Zoran_SWW2015In the packed programme of the World Water Week (Stockholm, Sweden, 23-28 August 2015), PEARL carved out a space for itself in the seminar “Eye on Asia: Water for Cities”. The event proposed different solutions to the risks posed to the Asian water security by the combination of rapid urbanization, demographic growth, water-related disasters, and climate change. On 25 August, Dr. Zoran Vojinovic from UNESCO-IHE presented the case study of Ayutthaya, Thailand, aiming to implement a community-based risk management approach for urban flooding. The primary focus of this presentation was to highlight stakeholder involvement and communication aspects of the work. Thanks to the exchange of views with other panelists and the public, the seminar provided a good occasion not only to promote PEARL case study, but also to gain a broader insight into local initiatives aiming to improve water resources management in urban contexts.

Download the presentation on the Thailand case study here.

Good job in Genoa for PEARL Project Committee!

Field visit to the study area of Genoa, Italy

Field visit to the study area of Genoa, Italy

Intensive, but productive meeting in Genoa!

The 4th PEARL Project Committee Meeting closed up last Friday after three days of discussions and exchange of views among partners.
In addition to the usual updates on Case Studies and Work Packages, an interesting session with demos of prototype platforms and tools allowed participants to foretaste some of the products that will be released at the end of the project.
The meeting was also a good occasion for PEARL’s Young Researchers to illustrate their work and reinforce linkages in the network of young scientists.

Some pictures of the event are available in our Gallery.


4th PEARL Project Committee Meeting, 17-19 June, Genoa, Italy

PEARL’s 4th Committee Meeting is just round the corner!

All partners will meet from 17th to 19th June in Genoa, Italy, the site of one of the project’s case studies. They will update each other about progress made since last meeting in January and discuss together the way forward for the next six months. A field visit to the areas affected by floods in the municipality of Genoa is also planned.

More information are available in the event agenda.

PEARL presentation at the SUMO User Conference 2015

SUMO2015 163The SUMO User Conference 2015 took place on 7-8 May in Berlin-Adlershof, Germany. Thanks to the broad participation from all over Europe and America, the two days of presentations and discussions turned out to be a great success in terms of exchange of ideas and networking.

Among the many valuable speakers, Ms Katya Pyatkova from the University of Exeter, one of PEARL’s young researchers, presented the investigations conducted by her institute in the framework of the project. A paper illustrating the main outcomes of the research titled “Flood Impacts on Road Transportation Using Microscopic Traffic Modelling Technique” was accepted for post proceedings, demonstrating the worth of PEARL partner’s work.

PEARL poster presentation at the EGU General Assembly 2015

Dr Alberto Elizalde from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology presented a poster showing the results of research in WP2 at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2015, taking place on 12-17 April in Vienna, Austria.

The title of the poster is:

Elizalde A, G Jordà, M Mathis and U Mikolajewicz, 2015: “Characterization of Extreme Sea Level at the European Coast”. Poster presentation at the EGU General Assembly, 12-17 April, 2015, Vienna.

PEARL and RISC-KIT side event at WMO Congress, 3 June 2015

During WMO Congress, 25 May -12 June 2015, Geneva, Switzerland, a specific side event will be dedicated to the presentation of PEARL and RISC-KIT projects.

The side event titled “Reducing risk and increasing resilience in coastal areas: PEARL and RISC-KIT projects” will take place on June 3, from 12:45 to 13:45, in CICG, Salle 15.

Arlex Sanchez Torres, member of the PEARL Management Group, and Ap van Dongeren, RISC-KIT Project Coordinator, will introduce the two projects funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration (EU-FP7) under the theme “Coasts at threat in Europe: tsunamis and climate-related risks”. They will show how, although sharing the same overall goal (reducing risk and increasing resilience to low-frequency extreme meteorological events in coastal areas) and a common holistic multidisciplinary approach, PEARL and RISC-KIT apply diverse research methodologies and, consequently, aim at different but mutually complementary results.

Call for abstracts: ICAADE 2015

The 1st International Conference on Amphibious Architecture, Design and Engineering ICAADE 2015 is calling for abstracts

The topics covered by the conference are:

1. Living with Water

2. Flood resilient systems and communities

3. Vernacular amphibious

4. Concepts, typologies and designs

5. Case studies

6. Technology and construction

7. Challenges to implementation

8. Visions for the Future


So if you have interested in presenting orally or by poster, apply online!

For more info visit the ICAADE 2015 website.

PEARL presented during the DAAD Science Tour 2014- Modelling the Future held in in Hamburg ,1 December 2014


The DAAD Sience Tour 2014 aims at exploring ways of ‘doing’ resilience, considering its ethical, social and political issues at stake. The further aim is to bring researchers and practitioners with different (levels of) expertise together to discuss the ways they conceptualize and use resilience.

Peter Fröhle and Natasa Manojlovic from TUHH, introduced the general activities of the PEARL project and its related challenges.

Find further information of the event on its website.