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amending the Design criteria of URban defences in LECZs through Composite-modelling of WAVE overtopping under climate change scenarios

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Total cost 170˙121 €
 EC max contribution 170˙121 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-03-01   to  2021-04-04


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 Project objective

The growth in coastal zone population increases the exposure of large numbers of people and assets to hazards related to climate change. Sea level rise and increased storminess represent major threats to coastal defences preventing the inundation of the hinterlands. This is true especially in low elevation coastal zones (LECZs). Understanding the mechanisms that govern the interaction between overtopping waves and coastal defences to changing climate conditions is of outmost importance to amend the current design criteria of coastal defences. The present project, named “DURCWAVE” (amending the Design criteria of URban defences in LECZs through Composite-modelling of WAVE overtopping under climate change scenarios), aims to identify new design criteria for wave action by modelling wave overtopping and post-overtopping processes of urban defences (storm walls, stilling wave basins, buildings along coastal boulevards). To reach these objectives the project will implement a composite-modelling approach, consisting of both physical and numerical modelling. Physical model tests will be carried out in two different wave flume facilities at the host organization (UPC), meanwhile the numerical modelling will be performed through the secondment at the partner organization (UVigo). The mesh-free DualSPHysics model will be used for the scope. The EPR data-driven technique will be used to find new correlations between wave impacts and overtopping flows. The Action will provide a methodology to help decision-makers to estimate the vulnerability of coastal zones to climate change, by assess the threats for sea frontages and buildings on the coastline. The project outcomes will trace the path at National and European levels for further extensions from urban defences in LECZs to all kind of coastal defences. Furthermore, a unique numerical model technique to simulate post-overtopping processes and estimate wave loadings on coastal defences will be release open-source for public use.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Corrado Altomare, Tomohiro Suzuki, Toon Verwaest
Influence of directional spreading on wave overtopping of sea dikes with gentle and shallow foreshores
published pages: 103654, ISSN: 0378-3839, DOI: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2020.103654
Coastal Engineering 157 2020-04-01
2019 R.J. Lowe, M.L. Buckley, C. Altomare, D.P. Rijnsdorp, Y. Yao, T. Suzuki, J.D. Bricker
Numerical simulations of surf zone wave dynamics using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics
published pages: 101481, ISSN: 1463-5003, DOI: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2019.101481
Ocean Modelling 144 2020-02-13
2019 Suba Periyal Subramaniam, Babette Scheres, Malte Schilling, Sven Liebisch, Nils B. Kerpen, Torsten Schlurmann, Corrado Altomare, Holger Schüttrumpf
Influence of Convex and Concave Curvatures in a Coastal Dike Line on Wave Run-up
published pages: 1333, ISSN: 2073-4441, DOI: 10.3390/w11071333
Water 11/7 2019-08-30

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