Due to the very high density of population in the coastal belt, numbers of urbanized coastal areas are today exposed to risks induced by extreme marine events. This is especially the case for the French-Spanish Basque and Catalan coasts, which are regularly hit by intense storms. Moreover, this risk exposure tends to increase due to the global warming, which results in both an increase in mean water level and an intensification of extreme meteorological events. As a consequence, coastal risks management is today a major challenge for the Basque and Catalan coasts, raising large safety and economic issues.

Main objective

Mejorar el conocimiento y las herramientas para comprender los impactos de las tormentas actuales y futuras en la costa, con el fin de apoyar la gestión del riesgo costero por parte de las administraciones públicas.

Expected results

  • The production a large database gathering detailed local information about storm impacts, using INNOVATIVE monitoring and modelling technologies.
  • A new capitalization on historical storm events to support protection, monitoring and prediction actions led by public administrations.
  • An unprecedented evaluation of the future evolution of coastal risks at the local scale.
  • The identification and assessment of INNOVATIVE mitigation countermeasures to reduce the onshore impact of ocean storms.

Main Beneficiaries of MARLIT will be public administrations in charge of coastal management, and on a broader level the general public. The cross-border approach of MARLIT will bring a crucial added-value to the project by allowing to gather territories faced to similar issues and located in the same coastal environment, as well as expert teams with complementary expertise.

Partners:

AZTI (leader); Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya; SUEZ EAU FRANCE Rivages Pro Tech; Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (UPPA). Associated partners: Communauté d’Agglomération Pays Basque (APB); Gobierno Vasco – Euskalmet, Dirección de Atención de Emergencias y Meteorología del Gobierno Vasco (DAEM); Instituto Cartográfico y Geológico de Cataluña (ICGC)

Funding

Consortium of the Working Community of the Pyrenees Funded by the European Union’s Interreg POCTEFA 2014-2020 programme to promote adaptation to climate change and risk prevention and management. This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Length

2020-2022

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