Preparing for extreme and rare Events in Coastal Regions (PEARL)

Institut für Raumordnung und Entwicklungsplanung (IREUS)

European Commission - EC funded


  • UNESCO-IHE, France
  • Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, Germany
  • DHI, Denmark
  • National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Stiftelsen Sintef, Norway
  • Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France
  • King’s College London, UK
  • Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK
  • The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge, UK
  • CETaqua, Centro Tecnológico del Agua, Fundación Privada, Spain
  • United Nations University, Japan
  • Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e. V., Germany
  • University of Exeter, UK
  • ARTELIA Eau et Environnement SAS, France
  • GISIG – Geographical Information Systems International Group, Italy
  • World Meteorological Organization, Switzerland
  • International Water Association, UK
  • Hydrometeorological Innovative Solutions HYDS, Spain
  • Satways, Greece
  • HydroLogic Research BV, The Netherlands
  • Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands
  • ICHARM, Japan
  • Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan

PEARL (Preparing for Extreme and Rare events in coastal regions) is a project funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) and focuses on the development of adaptive, socio-technical risk management measures and strategies for coastal communities against extreme hydro-meteorological events, minimizing social, economic and environmental impacts and increasing the resilience of Coastal Regions in Europe.

Disasters that can be triggered by hydro-meteorological events are interconnected and interrelated with both human activities and natural processes. They therefore require holistic approaches to help us understand their complexity in order to design and develop adaptive risk management approaches that minimize social and economic losses and environmental impacts and increase resilience to such event.

A particularly important part of the management of complex problems such as disasters due to extreme hydro-meteorological events, is improving forecasting, prediction and early warning capabilities (especially over a range of spatial and temporal scales) using state of the art science and technology to help policy makers and emergency services to develop robust prevention, mitigation and preparedness strategies. Important as it may be, it is however only one part of the answer. Equally important is that these systems are integrated into broader management strategies (structural and non-structural, engineering and natural) and are supported by appropriate institutional and organizational arrangements.

The PEARL consortium consists of more than 25 partners covering engineering, hydrology, meteorology, oceanography and geography. The highly specialized knowledge and experience of the partners is among others applied in the fields of institutional modeling, early warning, social and natural monitoring and vulnerability and risk assessment.

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