OPERANDUM

Innovative Nature-Bases solutions for the mitigation of the impact of extreme events

Business Period Project Coordinator Funding Scheme
Transport & Infrastructure July 2018 -June 2022 ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA H2020

Challenge

Nowadays the massive deforestation, overbuilding of rural and coastal areas, modification of natural watersheds have made territories more prone to hazards.

The employment of nature-based solutions (NBS) can mitigate the impact of hydro-meteorological phenomena such as flooding, landslides, coastal erosion, droughts and salt intrusion on extra-urban territories.

OPERANDUM has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 776848 to develop a set of co-designed, co-developed, deployed and tested innovative green and blue/grey/hybrid NBS for the mitigation of the impact of extreme events, promoting their acceptance and facilitating the adoption of new policies for the reduction of hydro meteorological risks in European rural and natural territories.

The NBS will be tested and demonstrated in ten living labs called Open Air Labs (OALs), located both in European and extra European countries (i.e. China and Australia). The OALs are aimed to promote innovation and research development and to foster the development of new services/systems/products and business opportunities, relying on the residents participation in conceptualizing and testing.

Moreover, in the framework of this new project, a multi-dimensional platform for data storage, multiple web services, case demonstration and further exploitation including links with existing platforms will be developed (named GeoIKP).

Approach

OPERANDUM H2020 Project Artificial Dune

RINA is mainly in charge of the activities related to the “Co-design and co-development of innovative NBS” (WP2 leader), bringing into the project its engineering experience with the aim to integrate the NBS with conventional engineering approaches. Moreover, RINA is deeply involved in the implementation of the Italian OAL as one of the NBS technology providers.

In particular, RINA is taking care of the design (preliminary, detailed and executive), construction technical supervision and monitoring aspects related to the artificial dune that will be realized in Bellocchio (FE). 
A portion of the dune will be constructed using a particular sandbag provided with hinges; this technology was conceived by RINA and a patent request both at Italian and European level is currently ongoing.

Morever, we are also contributing to the development of the project platform and to the integration of the different GeoIKP components.

Conclusion

In conclusion, OPERANDUM will improve disaster risk management, due to enhanced capacity for providing quantitative assessments of Nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. 

Moreover, OPERANDUM will produce evidence of cost reduction associated NBS to combat hydro-meteorological risks while showing reduction of possible human losses due to better and more flexible disaster risk management with NBS.

 

Project Consortium

1. ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA - Italy 2. ILMATIETEEN LAITOS - Finland 3. TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT - Netherlands 4. HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM GEESTHACHT ZENTRUM FUR MATERIAL- UND KUSTENFORSCHUNG GMBH - Germany 5. KENTRO KAINOTOMON TECHNOLOGION AE-  Greece 6. UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN-  Ireland 7. UNIVERSITY OF SURREY - United Kingdom 8. UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION -UNESCO - France 9. LUONNONVARAKESKUS - Finland 10. OESTERREICHISCHE AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN - Austria 11. THE GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY -United Kingdom 12.RINA CONSULTING SPA - Italy 13. C.I.R.A. CENTRO ITALIANO RICERCHE AEROSPAZIALI SCPA - Italy 14. UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW - United Kingdom 15. PERIFEREIA STEREAS ELLADAS - Greece 16. PNO CONSULTANTS BV - Netherlands 17. AGENZIA REGIONALE PER LA PREVENZIONE, L'AMBIENTE E L'ENERGIA DELL'EMILIA-ROMAGNA - Italy 18. SWECO GMBH - Germany 19. NATURALEA CONSERVACIO - Spain 20. KAJO SRO - Slovakia 21. DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL - Ireland 22. FONDAZIONE CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEOSUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATIC-  Italy 23THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG - Hong Kong 24COLD AND ARID REGIONS ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH INSTITUTE - China 25.UNIVERSITY OF THE SUNSHINE COAST - Australia  26INSTITUTE OF REMOTE SENSING AND DIGITAL EARTH - CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE - China