Euronovia joins the H2020 SCORE project for climate resilience in EU coastal cities

Euronovia will lead the Work Package dedicated to Dissemination, communication and exploitation in the newly launched Horizon 2020 project SCORE. 

A 4-year project to increase climate resilience

SCORE is a four year €10m Horizon 2020-funded research project project which stands for “Smart Control of the Climate Resilience in European Coastal Cities”. It outlines a comprehensive strategy, developed via a network of 10 coastal city ‘living labs’ (CCLLs), to rapidly, equitably and sustainably enhance coastal city climate resilience though an Ecosystem-Based Approach (EBA) supported by sophisticated digital technologies.

The intensification of extreme weather events, coastal erosion and sea-level rise are major challenges to be urgently addressed by European coastal cities. Deaths caused by extreme weather in Europe could rise from 3,000 a year between 1981 and 2010 to 152,000 between 2071 and 2100 if mitigation pathways are not enacted to increase the resilience of European cities and settlements, based on a study in The Lancet Planetary Health journal.

The SCORE interdisciplinary team consists of 28 world-leading organisations from academia, local authorities, Research Performing Organisations, and SMEs encompassing a wide range of skills including environmental science and policy, climate modelling, citizen and social science, data management, coastal management and engineering, security and technological aspects of smart sensing research. The project is coordinated by Dr Salem Gharbia from the Institute of Technology Sligo (Ireland),

After the recent kick-off meeting of the project in July 2021, Dr Gharbia said: “SCORE will provide Europe with expandable and transferable solutions to increase climate resilience against extreme events in coastal cities. Together with our partners, we will establish a network of coastal cities that will work together and learn from each other to tackle climate change. In SCORE we want to put every effort to mitigate the effects of climate change now and in the years ahead”.

In the team, Euronovia‘s role is crucial: we will be Work Package leader in WP9 dedicated to Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation.

SCORE will involve citizen science in providing prototype coastal city early-warning systems and will enable smart, instant monitoring and control of climate resilience in European coastal cities through open, accessible spatial ‘digital twin’ tools.

SCORE will establish an integrated coastal zone management framework for strengthening the Ecosystem-Based solutions and smart coastal city policies, creating European leadership in coastal city climate change adaptation in line with the Paris Agreement.

List of cities involved in the H2020 SCORE project

  • Ireland: Sligo and Dublin;
  • Italy: Massa;
  • Poland: Gdansk;
  • Portugal: Lisbon and Oeiras;
  • Slovenia: Koper;
  • Spain: Barcelona, Benidorm and Basque Country.

For more information on the project, please follow @SCORE_EUproject on Twitter or SCORE on LinkedIn.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 101003534.