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INXCES INnovations for eXtreme Climatic EventS (2016-2019)

Published: 13 April 2018

INXCES develops new innovative technological methods for risk assessment and mitigation of extreme hydroclimatic events and optimization of urban water-dependent ecosystem services at the catchment level, for a spectrum of rainfall events. It is widely acknowledged that extreme events such as floods and droughts are an increasing challenge, particularly in urban areas. The frequency and intensity of floods and droughts pose challenges for economic and social development, negatively affecting the quality of life of urban populations.

The project aims to alleviate the adverse effects of extreme hydroclimatic events such as floods and droughts on urban catchments and develop innovative tools to assess risks and improve the resilience of urban water systems.

To achieve these goals, the project will:

  • Develop new management tools for holistic integrated urban water management planning and risk
    assessment, including subsurface variability, ground- and storm water..
  • Improve the knowledge and understanding of the effects of climate change on soil-water interaction in urban and peri-urban areas, including the assessment of occurrences of frozen soils, rain-on-snow and snowmelt events, and their impacts on catchment runoff and its management.
  • Identify and enhance the benefits of urban ecosystem services for mitigation of extreme climatic events.

Based on the results of the above-mentioned goals, we will in a next step:

  • Apply innovative Disaster Risk Management Quick-Scan methods for flood and heat stress effects in 3 selected urban catchments in Bergen, Norway, Bucharest, Romania, and Groningen in the Netherlands..
  • Improve identification, characterisation and valuation of the benefits of urban ecosystem services (ESS) offered by the urban subsurface and nature-based water management solutions in 2 urban catchments.
  • Link multiple time series of satellite observations (InSAR) to hydroclimatic events and calibrate these with innovative on-site hydrological monitoring, with the objective to spatially extrapolate the on-site point observations to more cost-efficient catchment scale satellite observations.
  • Develop improved resilience in multifunctional storm- and grey water treatment operations with processes for water quality treatment, peak attenuation and water balance focus to protect aquatic ecosystems.
  • Coupling the surface and subsurface in risk assessment and mitigation of extreme hydroclimatic effects.

The project will result in direct mitigation measures against harmful impacts of extreme hydroclimatic
events through technological innovation, multidisciplinary risk assessment and 3D visualization tools that will
engage end users and stakeholders.

!NXCES is a WATER JPI project led by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Project partners are the University of applied sciences Groningen (HSG), Luleå University of Technology (LTU) and the Technical University of Civil Engineering, Bucharest.

Contact

Maria Viklander

Viklander, Maria - Professor and Head of Subject, Chaired Professor

Organisation: Urban Water Engineering, Architecture and Water, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 491634
Room: F1100 - Luleå»
Lian Lundy

Lundy, Lian - Visiting Professor

Organisation: Urban Water Engineering, Architecture and Water, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Sarah Lindfors

Sarah Lindfors

Organisation: Urban Water Engineering, Architecture and Water, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 493222
Room: R221 - Luleå»