Ongoing projects


SCORCH: Supportive Risk Awareness and Communication to Reduce impact of Cross-Border Heatwaves

Funding EU ; Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
Duration February, 2019 to January, 2021

Extreme temperatures are characterized as climatological hazards, this includes heat and cold waves, and extreme winter conditions. In the EU and neighboring countries, especially heat waves are considered a problem and are known to cause a rise in both morbidity and mortality. Heat waves are largely cross-border phenomena and ideally require a collective response and preparedness in order to reduce the associated costs and health effects while mitigating the impact on communities. Evidence-based risk communication is an appropriate strategy in this regard, particularly when tailored to vulnerable populations (e.g. elderly) and territories (e.g. cities). Such prevention measures would be a major contribution to disaster risk reduction (DRR) in urban settings.

The overall objective of this project is to reduce the health impact of heat waves on vulnerable, urban populations through improved risk communication strategies. These strategies will be informed by existing EU plans and guidelines, and by surveys on the risk perception and behavior of urban populations in EU neighborhood countries. In addition, we aim to foster a culture of prevention and cooperation across countries.

For more information, contact Joris van Loenhout.


Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT)

Duration January, 1999 to September, 2020

The Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT) is a free and fully searchable database that contains worldwide data on the occurrence and impact of over 20,000 natural and technological disasters from 1900 to the present dayEM-DAT provides an objective basis for vulnerability assessments and rational decision-making in disaster situations. More specifically, it helps policymakers identify the most common disaster types in a given country and the associated impacts on human populations.  

For more information, contact Regina Below.


BRIGAID: BRIdging the GAp for Innovations in Disaster resilience

Funding H2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation
Duration May, 2016 to April, 2020

The objective of the BRIGAID project is to provide structural support for innovations in climate adaptation by developing a combination of testing and implementation methods, as well as market and investment/financing tools, that are expected to become a standard for climate adaptation innovations.

CRED works on identifying, selecting and improving technological and non-technological innovations designed to protect or mitigate the impact of extreme weather events. 

CRED is also involved in the development of a comprehensive, standardised methodology (the Test and Implementation Framework, or TIF) for testing and implementing climate adaptation measures, in particular to assess their potential to mitigate risks from floods, droughts, and extreme weather.

For more information, contact Joris van Loenhout.

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