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We are an EU-funded project developing risk management tools, with the help of End Users, to help deal with hazards and storm impacts in vulnerable coastal areas.
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  The main objective of the RISC-KIT project  is to develop methods, tools and management approaches to reduce risk and increase resilience to low-frequency, high-impact hydro-meteorological events in the coastal zone. These products will enhance forecasting, prediction and early warning capabilities, improve the assessment of long-term coastal risk and optimise the mix of prevention, mitigation and preparedness measures.

Specific objectives are:

    • Review and analysis of current-practice coastal risk management plans and lessons-learned of historical large-scale events;
    • Collection of local socio-economic and physical data at case study sites through end-user and stakeholder consultation to be stored in an impact-oriented coastal risk database;
    • Development of a regional-scale coastal risk assessment framework (CRAF) to assess present and future risk due to multi-hazards;
    • Development of an impact-oriented Early Warning and Decision Support System (EWS/DSS) for hot spot areas consisting of: i) a free-ware system to predict hazard intensities using coupled hydro-meteo and morphological models and ii) a Bayesian-based Decision Support System which integrates hazards and socio-economic, cultural and environmental consequences;
    • Development of potential DRR measures and the design of ecosystem-based and cost-effective, (non-)technological DRR plans in close cooperation with end-users for a diverse set of case study sites on all European regional seas (NE Atlantic/North Sea, Baltic, Black Sea, and Mediterranean) and on one tropical coast, and their evaluation in consultation with end-users and stakeholders;
    • Application of CRAF and EWS/DSS tools at the case study sites to test the DRR plans for a combination of scenarios of climate-related hazard and socio-economic vulnerability change and demonstration of the operational mode;
    • Development of a web-based management guide for developing integrated DRR plans along Europe’s coasts and beyond and provide a synthesis of lessons learned in RISC-KIT in the form of policy guidance and recommendations at the national and EU level.

What is in the RISC-KIT Toolkit?

1. A Coastal Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF) which - at the regional scale (100’s km) - can quickly assess present and future hot spot areas of coastal risk
2. A quantitative, high-resolution Early Warning and Decision Support System (EWS/DSS) for use on these hot spots (with a scale of 10’s of km) and
3. A web-based management guide offering innovative, cost-effective, ecosystem-based DRR measures;
4. A Coastal Risk Database of present and historic socio-economic and physical data.