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RESCCUE – RESilience to cope with Climate Change in Urban arEas – a multisectorial approach focusing on water

RESCCUE - RESilience to cope with Climate Change in Urban arEas - a multisectorial approach focusing on water

Building urban resilience to climate change

Cities are expected to bear the brunt of climate change and face increases in the intensity and occurrence of heatwaves, heavy rain, floods and other extreme weather events. EU researchers have developed groundbreaking solutions to deal with these disaster scenarios.

It is estimated that around 66 % of the world population will be living in urban areas by 2050. Aimed at aiding cities to cope with the effects of climate change, the EU-funded RESCCUE project set out to help urban areas around the world become more resilient. “More precisely, RESCCUE has provided innovative models and tools to improve the ability of cities to withstand and recover quickly from multiple climate-related shocks and stresses and maintain continuity of services,” highlights Marc Velasco, project coordinator.

The road towards resilience

With a focus on the urban water cycle and floods, the project’s key achievements are diverse. One of these is the generation of climate change scenarios for the three RESCCUE cities – Barcelona, Bristol and Lisbon – based on different climate variables such as temperature and rainfall. “These cities have become a testing platform for the cutting-edge solutions developed in RESCCUE,” highlights Velasco. Additionally, sectorial models were created that provide deep knowledge on the response of urban services during extreme climate conditions, like heavy storms. “We also presented and tested different methodologies to develop a multiple hazard assessment for these services and their infrastructures,” Velasco adds.

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