Scientists to play a critical role in boosting climate resilience in European regions

The case studies and related challenges the team will be dealing with within ARSINOE.

Experts from the Centre for Water Systems (CWS) at the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Science, and the Centre for Simulation, Analytics and Modelling (CSAM) at the Business School will collaborate with researchers from across Europe for the new ARSINOE project to develop systemic innovations for strengthening climate resilience in European regions in the next four years.

The initiative, funded the European Commission Green Deal programme, aims to develop the methodological framework to integrate multi-faceted technological, digital, business, governance and environmental aspects with social innovation for the development of adaptation pathways to climate change, to meet EU Green Deal targets for specific regions.

ARSINOE (climAte ReSIlient-regioNs thrOugh systEmic solutions and innovations) will create an ecosystem for climate change adaptation solutions to deliver innovation packages by matching innovators with end-users/regions.

Prof Albert Chen, Associate Professor at the CWS, who is the PI of the Exeter part of this project, said: “The new ARSINOE consortium will bring multidisciplinary expertise together to establish a holistic framework for tackling the climate emergency.

“ARSINOE will combine digital and socio-economic innovations to address climate-induced challenges, including hazards risks, food security, water scarcity, biodiversity depletion and environmental degradation, financial losses, cultural and societal impacts.”.

Prof Nav Mustafee, Professor of Analytics and the Deputy Director of the CSAM, said: “ARSINOE will further research in hybrid modelling and simulation by developing a multi-system dynamic modelling framework for resilience management, the components of which not only include modelling of man-based systems (as is the current state-of-the-art) but also extend to natural systems.

“ARSINOE builds on the cross-college collaboration between the Business School and its CSAM research centre, and the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences and the Centre for Water Systems. It follows from our recent success with the EU H2020 ULTIMATE research project (2020-2024), which Prof Albert Chen leads from Exeter.”.

Prof Slobodan Djordjevic, Dr Lydia Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia, Dr Mehdi Khoury, Dr Barry Evans, Dr Kate Baker and Mr Gareth Lewis at the CWS will also contribute their expertise in water research, serious gaming, data analytics, citizen engagement and visualisation to the consortium.

ARSINOE, with a budget size of € 15 million, will be coordinated by the University of Thessaly and include 42 institutions from 15 countries.

The University of Exeter role in the new partnership will be leading the Work Package for modelling analysis, risk assessment, serious game development and stakeholder engagement. The budget share of the University of Exeter is €850K.

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