Reconciling adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development for cities (RAMSES)

How are European cities adapting to climate change? What methodologies can be used to evaluate the resilience of urban infrastructures to changes in the climate? The Ramses project—a multi-partner European project—sorts through the issues to find and implement strategies for adapting to climate change in the cities of the European Union.

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Facilitating urban adaptation to climate change

The extent to which cities and regions are exposed to potentially extreme climate events—storms, droughts, floods, heat-waves—depends on their location. Every city must prepare for a specific combination of possible impacts, of varying degrees of probability, according to its infrastructures, its typology, its geographic location, and its socio-economic context. The ability to adapt to these changes is crucial to the future of each city. But how are they to adapt? And at what cost? What are the criteria for evaluating the measures that need to be taken to make urban infrastructures resilient?   To enable European cities to better anticipate the consequences of these various impacts, Ramses asks policy-makers and local actors about the challenges they face, and adapts its research to the identified needs.

“The goal of the Ramses project—funded by the FP7 program—is to develop new methods to help cities quantify the impacts of climate change and evaluate the resilience of their infrastructures.”

Ultimately, the aim is to propose a rigorous, pragmatic and standardized analytical framework for the implementation of climate change adaptation strategies in the cities of the European Union.   The Veolia Institute took part in this project from 2012 to the end of 2014.



Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK) 

Climate Media Factory UG (CMF)

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Newcastle University & Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (UNEW)
Seneca Consultants sprl

Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek N.V. (VITO) 

Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation (TECNALIA)

Organisation mondiale de la Santé, Bureau Régional Europe (WHO EURO)
Local Governments for Sustainability, Secrétariat Européen (ICLEI) 

Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en Yvelines (UVSQ) 
Institut Veolia (IVE)

T6 Ecosystems s.r.l. (T6 ECO)

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)


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