PEARL presentation at the Final Meeting of the Thalis project

A presentation about the PEARL project and, in particular, the Case Study in Rethymno, Greece was given at the Final Meeting of the Thalis project, which took place in Thessaloniki, Greece on 13 November 2015. The Talis project aimed to assess the effects of climate change on the marine climate of the Aegean Sea and one of its case studies focused on the Northern area of the island of Crete, Greece, where Rethymno is also situated. Prof. Vicky Tsoukala from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), who is responsible for the coastal methodology developed within PEARL, explained how this has been applied to the local case study.

Download the Agenda of the meeting (in Greek).

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 presented at TICASS workshop in Genoa, Italy, 20th February 2015

On the 20th February TICASS, the Consortium promoted by Regione Liguria on Innovative Technologies for Environmental Control and Sustainable Development, organised a workshop about “Research that generates innovation for a sustainable future” in Genoa, Italy.
Within the thematic session on “The perception of flood and landslide risk”, Alessandra Marchese from GISIG presented PEARL and, in particular, the work in progress to implement the Genoa case study. In front of a public of more than 60 people, she could not only illustrate the project, but also exchange practices and ideas with other five speakers coming from different backgrounds (politics, engineering, science and research), especially concerning technologies and tools able to support flood and landslide prevision and prediction.

Furthermore, the event hosted a poster session where PEARL was showcased together with many other interesting projects. An abstract outlining the objectives and outcomes of the research supported the poster.

It was a great success in terms of outreach for PEARL, which was well received by the 200 people coming from 10 Italian regions who attended the workshop.

PEARL presented during workshop of LIFE+IMAGINE project in Genoa, 30th January 2015

LIFE+IMAGINE is a life project coordinated by GISIG, aiming at enforcing the knowledge base on European environmental data policies and at creating an information system for coastal management and planning. The project, through methodologies of environmental analysis, integrates and harmonize multi-sources data in order to create new and hands-on information for planning and decision making, with reference to two environmental scenarios of coastal areas, that are the soil consumption and the landslides.  The information are processed and provided to the client by a web services infrastructure, that integrates in its architecture the specification of the INSPIRE Directive (for a European Spatial Data Infrastructure), the SEIS initiative (the Shared Environmental Information System) and the Copernicus programme for global monitoring.  Output of the project are indicators and thematic maps, to be used for better assessing the impacts by soil consumption and landslides in coastal areas and improve the planning and interventions.

The workshop was related to the “use of interoperable data and services for coastal management”, with a focus on the Ligurian pilot sites, that are in the Tigullio and Cinque Terre areas. It was attended by more than 30 people, coming from ISPRA (the Italian Environmenal Agency), Regional Authorities (Liguria and Toscana), the Municipality of Genova, the National Research Council, the University of Genova (architecture, earth science and hydraulic engineer), the Cinque Terre National Park, the regional association of geologist, and some SMEs.

During the workshop, PEARL was represented by Alessandra Marchese from GISIG. A poster was displayed and a presentation was given on the project and the Genoa case study.

Take a look at our gallery for photos of this and other events. You can also visit their website with a description of the event (in italian).


PEARL presented at the International Ocean Research Conference, 17 – 21 November, 2014, Barcelona, Spain

CETaqua represented PEARL at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference held in November in Barcelona, where Marc Velasco provided an oral presentation about the generalities of the project. Special interest was shown on the relationship between the Mediterranean climate and discharges into the sea and on how extreme events are affected by urbanization and denaturation of the coast. Visit CETaqua’s website for a full article about the presentation by clicking here. If you would like to view the article in Spanish click here.

For photos of the event, check our gallery.

PEARL presented to a delegation from the National Cheng-Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan in Hamburg , 1 Oct 2014

A delegation of 7 eminent researchers from the National Cheng-Kung University in Tainan paid a visit to the TUHH with the objective to explore the potential collaboration and common research points. The focus of the visit has been the research performed within PEARL.

Peter Fröhle and Natasa Manojlovic  from TUHH introduced the main objectives, current research activities and the challenges of the PEARL project and further visits and exchanges have been planned which are to be realized in early 2015.

PEARL presented during the 3rd International Lund Regional‐Scale Climate Modelling Workshop, 16‐19 June 2014


Part of the work on climate modeling within PEARL was presented at the 3rd International Lund Regional‐Scale Climate Modelling Workshop “21st Century Challenges in Regional Climate Modelling” on the 16‐19 June 2014 in Lund, Sweden.

Alberto Elizalde from the Max Planck Institute presented  a poster on his work “A new regional climate system model setup for the EuroCORDEX domain”, which is part of the activities within PEARL’s Work Package 2.

Find further information of this past event on its website.

The PEARL approach on holistic flood risk assessment at HIC11 in New York

PEARL project leader Zoran Vojinovic presents the PEARL approach addressing holistic flood risk assessment in coastal areas at 11th International Conference on Hydroinformatics (HIC 2014). The PEARL approach draws upon the complexity theory and the use of complex adaptive system (CAS) models as tools to identify root causes of vulnerabilities and their multi-stressors and to analyze risk and the behavior of key actors.

  • Zoran Vojinovic, Yared Abebe, Arlex Sanchez, Neiler Medina, Igor Nikolic, Natasa Manojlovic, Christos Makropoulos, Mark Pelling, Michael Abbott, 2014: “Holistic Flood Risk Assessment in Coastal Areas – The PEARL Approach”, 11th International Conference on Hydroinformatics, 17-21 August 2014, New York City, USA.
  • Presentation of the paper in Special Session S10-01: Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Data and Methods for Flood Resilience in Urban Areas, on 17/Aug/2014: 3:45pm-5:30pm, in Room 374.