EGU23-13541, updated on 09 Jan 2024
EGU General Assembly 2023
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DIRECTED – Disaster Resilience for Extreme Climate Events providing Interoperable Data, Models, Communication and Governance

Max Steinhausen1, Kai Schröter1, Martin Drews2, Lydia Cumiskey3, Heiko Apel4, Stefano Bagli5, Sukaina Bharwani6, Julian Struck7, Daniel Bittner7, Tobias Conradt8, Benedikt Gräler9, Christopher Genillard10, Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler11, Levente Huszti12, Tracy Irvine13, Chahan M. Kropf14, Emilie Rønde Nielsen15, Pia-Johanna Schweizer16, Valeria Pancioli17, Analia Rutili18, and the DIRECTED project team*
Max Steinhausen et al.
  • 1Technische Universität Braunschweig, Leichtweiss Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources, Division of Hydrology and River Basin Management, Braunschweig, Germany
  • 2Department of Technology, Management and Economics, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, DK-2800, Denmark (
  • 3MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland (
  • 4Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Section Hydrology, Potsdam, Germany
  • 5GECOsistema srl, Rimini, Italy
  • 6SEI Oxford, Stockholm Environment Institute SEI, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 7ERFTVERBAND, Bergheim, Germany
  • 8Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany
  • 952°North Spatial Information Research GmbH, Münster, Germany
  • 10Genillard & Co. GmbH, Munich, Germany
  • 11International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Systemic Risk and Resilience Research Group, Laxenburg, Austria
  • 12National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary
  • 13Oasis HUB, London, United Kingdom
  • 14Institute for Environmental Decisions, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 15Region Hovedstaden, Hillerød, Denmark
  • 16RIFS Potsdam Research Institute for Sustainability, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ, Potsdam, Germany
  • 17Agenzia Protezione Civile Regione Emilia-Romagna , Bologna, Italy
  • 18Regione Emilia-Romagna, Bologna, Italy
  • *A full list of authors appears at the end of the abstract

The recent droughts and unprecedented floods in Central Europe have revealed our vulnerability to extreme weather events. Besides climate change as a driver of more frequent and intensifying extreme events, demographic change and socio-economic development exacerbate severe impacts. International frameworks for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (e.g. Sendai framework for DRR, EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change) acknowledge the critical need for integrating risk governance, communication and operational mechanisms for coping with extreme climate events throughout the entire Disaster Risk Management cycle.

DIRECTED aspires to foster disaster-resilient European societies by expanding our capabilities to communicate, utilise and exchange state-of-the-art data, information and knowledge between different actors. The project strives to boost the integration, accessibility and interoperability of models, facilitating knowledge sharing and improving dialogue and cooperation on all levels of Disaster Risk Management cycle. Four regional and municipal Real World Labs in the Capital Region of Denmark, the Danube Region, Emilia Romagna Region, Italy and the Rhine-Erft District, Germany, are at the centre of the bottom-up, value-driven co-development approach. The Real World Labs ensure the project continuously and actively involves key stakeholders in the development process and address topical problems of multi-hazard risk management and climate change adaptation to maximise the impacts of the DIRECTED project. Key to supporting interoperability will be the establishment of the DATA-FABRIC, an innovative, federated cloud platform that enables secure, flexible, discovery and sharing of all structured and unstructured data. DIRECTED is committed to promote the power of open data and open science in all of its research efforts.

Through an interdisciplinary approach that brings together natural and social scientists, with data experts, local stakeholders as well as first and second responders DIRECTED builds lasting real world partnerships and leverages synergies for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation efforts in Europe.

DIRECTED project team:

Max Steinhausen, Kai Schröter, Heiko Apel, Stefano Bagli, Sukaina Bharwani, Julian Struck, Daniel Bittner, Tobias Conradt, Lydia Cumiskey, Martin Drews, Benedikt Gräler, Christopher Genillard, Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler, Levente Huszti, Tracy Irvine, Chahan Kropf, Emilie Ronde Nielsen, Pia-Johanna Schweizer, Valeria Pancioli, Analia Rutili, Angela Rosa

How to cite: Steinhausen, M., Schröter, K., Drews, M., Cumiskey, L., Apel, H., Bagli, S., Bharwani, S., Struck, J., Bittner, D., Conradt, T., Gräler, B., Genillard, C., Hochrainer-Stigler, S., Huszti, L., Irvine, T., Kropf, C. M., Rønde Nielsen, E., Schweizer, P.-J., Pancioli, V., and Rutili, A. and the DIRECTED project team: DIRECTED – Disaster Resilience for Extreme Climate Events providing Interoperable Data, Models, Communication and Governance, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 23–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-13541,, 2023.