Directed Project – Climate Disaster Risk Management

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Directed Project Background


We aim to reduce vulnerability to extreme weather events and foster disaster-resilient European societies by promoting interoperability of data, models, communication and governance on all levels and between all actors of the disaster risk management and climate adaptation process.

Project Mission

Directed promotes multi-risk thinking in interdisciplinary research to overcome silos and enable interoperability.

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Real World Labs

Four Real World Labs in Europe are at the center of our
co-development approach.

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About Us

Directed, a project set to improve climate disaster risk management across multiple civil authorities and first responders in Europe.

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DIRECTED at Tag der Hydrology 2023 in Bochum 02.01.2023

DIRECTED at Tag der Hydrology 2023 in Bochum

The DIRECTED team is planing to introduce our project in session 5 of The Day of Hydrology – Tag der Hydrologie TDH 2023 taking place from March 21–23, 2023 at the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany. TDH 2023 focuses on “Sustainable Water Management – Regional and Global Strategies” and is hosted by the Chair of Engineering Hydrology and Water Resources Management of the Ruhr-University Bochum and the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Hydromechanics of the Bochum University of Applied Sciences.

DIRECTED at EGU 2023 in Vienna 02.01.2023

DIRECTED at EGU 2023 in Vienna

The DIRECTED team is planing to introduce our project at the EGU 2023 in natural hazard session NH9.14 – Innovations and groundbreaking technologies for natural hazard risk modelling, management and financing at The General Assembly 2023 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is taking place in Vienna, Austria and online, April 23–28, 2023. The annual EGU General Assembly is the largest and most prominent European geosciences event, attracting over 14,000 scientists from all over the world in the year 2022.

Directed Project Launch 29.11.2022

Directed Project Launch

New Horizon Europe Project set to improve climate disaster risk management across multiple civil authorities and first responders in Europe.

Summary points: 

  • 5.2 Million Horizon Europe Project (DIRECTED) aims to improve the interoperability of multiple European climate risk assessment and planning tools and bring them together in a manageable system (a data fabric) that enables better disaster risk assessment and management by European disaster protection authorities and first responders
  • Using ‘Real World Labs’ to critically analyse and improve current work-flows and governance linked to disaster risk management


A new €5.2 Million Horizon Europe Project, ‘Disaster Resilience for Extreme Climate Events providing Interoperable Data, Models, Communication and Governance (DIRECTED) Project’ was launched on the 29th& 30th November in Braunschweig, Germany and is set to revolutionize the governance and management of climate disasters across multiple civil society and emergency agencies. Physical, social and data scientists are coming together from across Europe with local authorities and first responders to design a new integrated system (a data fabric) that will bring together multiple climate risk assessment tools, disaster warning systems and disaster communication and organisation into one manageable system for use by on-the-ground disaster managers.

Four regional and municipal clusters from the Capital Region of Denmark, the Danube Region, Emilia Romagna Region, Italy and the Rhine-Erft District, Germany are coming together with academic researchers and specialist SME’s from the Technical University of Braunschweig, ETH Zurich, Danish Technical University, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, German Research Centre of GeoScience, University College Cork, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Stockholm Environment Institute, 52 North Spatial Information Research, GECOSistema, Genillard & Co and Oasis Hub to participate in ‘Real World Labs’ analysing on-the-ground practices, governance and systems of multiple disaster practitioners involved in climate disaster planning and disaster management.

The collaboration is a rare opportunity to share disaster risk management practices and problems to enable more efficiencies across disaster protection networks to improve information flow and ability to respond to climate disaster events by providing tailored information to the many agencies involved in large scale disasters and disaster planning.

As well as designing the data fabric, the group will look at how to make multiple climate disaster assessment & planning tools ‘interoperable’ with each other, thus further enabling their functionality to enhance climate disaster risk assessment and on the ground planning and preparedness. 

In addition, social scientists will be drawing out how multiple agencies involved in preparing for any major climate emergency can better improve their joint working and understand the disaster authorities and first responders needs for relevant data to manage complex climate disaster risk assessment and resilience planning. The collaboration will also look at how work silos from the many different levels of administration can better work together for more efficient disaster management in the future.

Max Steinhausen, Project Coordinator for the DIRECTED Project states ‘we envisage the impacts that we will have building and combining information on climate extremes and adaptation to climate change will ultimatelygreatly reduce the damages and losses that face the European community in the future.’ 


About this Project:

[This project is an Innovation Action under the Civil Security for Society, Disaster-Resilient Societies programme of the Horizon Europe funded by the European Union. Project details and a full list of participant organisations can be found on the link: . Associate partners SEI Oxford and Oasis Hub are funded by Innovate UK and ETH Zurich is funded by The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), Switzerland]



Project Co-ordinator: Max Steinhausen

Technische Universitaet Braunschweig


Project Communications Lead: Tracy Irvine

Oasis Hub Ltd


What: DIRECTED Project Launch

Where: Braunschweig, Germany

When: 29th & 30th November, 2022

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Directed Project Background



Moving out of the silos

Learning to collaborate and manage increasing climate change disaster risks and climate adaptation together.

In Europe, as globally, we face an increasing frequency and intensity of climate-related extreme events caused by climate change. According to the global reinsurer, Swiss Re, in 2021 global flood events claimed over 2500 lives and caused US$80 billion in economic loss. In addition, Europe experienced the largest floods ever, as well the highest economic and insured losses for flood anywhere in the world in.

Figure 1. 2021 Global Economic and Flood Losses
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Swiss Re Institute-sigma-natcat, 2022

We were all shocked to see the news footage of flood damage and economic losses caused by floods in July 2021 in the Rhine Basin, Germany, where 220 people lost their lives and Euro 30 Billion of economic damage occurred in just one night, that even today, in 2023, impacts the lives of thousands of people as they recover from this disaster. It highlights how Germany, like most European countries, are unprepared for the potential scale of disasters in the future that are likely to be caused by climate change, ageing flood protection infrastructure and land-use changes. Indeed, ‘Swiss-re-institute-sigma-natcat-2022 Report’ (2022) predicts there is a long-term upward trend in climate-related disasters globally.


Figure 2. Swiss Re Institute (2022) Graph showing 10-year trends in disaster events

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Swiss Re Institute-sigma-natcat, 2022

Therefore, Europe needs to step up its action towards Climate-related disaster management and climate adaptation.

Funded as a Horizon Europe project by the European Union, the ‘Disaster Resilience for Extreme Climate Events providing Interoperable Data, Models, Communication and Governance (DIRECTED) Project, seeks to assist better planning and information for disaster risk assessment, forecasting, management and climate change adaptation.

We believe that improved disaster management and climate change adaptation is not just about having the most scientifically advanced information at your fingertips, but equally important is the governance and information access and flow and the ability of different actors to understand and utilise appropriate information tailored to their needs.


Our Mission objectives are:

Overcome silos between technical and political authorities of all levels, including organisations, sectors and disciplines by improving dialogues and communication among DRR and CCA actors and by promoting the exchange and integration of information and knowledge.

Leverage synergies, combine efforts and reduce the fragmentation within DRR and CCA domains, including addressing multi-level governance and different spatial and temporal scales.

Promote multi-risk thinking by means of a novel transdisciplinary multi-risk governance framework related to climate extremes (RISK-TANDEM) aimed at assessing, evaluating, managing and communicating multi-hazard, multi-risk issues in close collaboration with engaged stakeholders, practitioners and concerned citizens.

Build capacity and lasting real-world partnerships and collaboration between involved actors that will last beyond the project.

Exploit the power of open data and open science, improving capabilities (e.g. using a flexible Data Fabric architecture) to make use of scattered information for more effective decisions, including knowledge and tools developed within past, present and future research and innovation initiatives.

Working with local clusters of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) specialists at the coal face in Germany, Italy, Denmark and across the Danube Region we will facilitate ‘Real World Labs’ where local and national authorities, first & second responders, climate change adaptation planners, businesses, physical and social scientists will work together in these regional hubs to identify institutional barriers and silos and improve tailored and relevant information flow to organisations working within disaster management and climate change.


Figure 3. Map of the Real World Labs – in the DIRECTED Project

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We will also be demonstrating some existing scientific climate change risk assessment and adaptation tools developed previously in the science and insurance sectors and look at how the flow of this information might be made interoperable thus increasing more joined up information flows, easily useable by on-the-ground practitioners during emergencies and disaster risk planning and risk reduction processes.

One thing we know, is this will be a highly collaborative project, where the participants will need to step back, understand and collaborate with professionals from different disciplines. We think we have the team to make this happen!

In addition, we would like to converse more broadly with the disaster risk and climate adaptation professionals across Europe and beyond to bring greater understanding and knowledge exchange in the work we are doing, to achieve better and more widely applicable outputs from the Project.

And this is where YOU come in… We will be communicating through a range of social media channels about the work we are doing over the next 4 years. In particular, we have opened a DIRECTED Project Group on LinkedIn where we will talk about our findings from the Real World Labs, talk about some of the scientific disaster risk assessment, forecasting and climate change adaptation tools and how we might make them more interoperable and ask questions of DRR & CCA practitioners like yourselves, to help us think about how information needs to flow in disaster situations and more broadly co-ordinate knowledge exchange in this space.

Therefore, please do come along and join us on linkedin as we begin our Project:

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For any further information about the Project please contact:

About this Project:
[This project is an Innovation Action under the Civil Security for Society, Disaster-Resilient Societies programme of the Horizon Europe funded by the European Union. Project details and a full list of participant organisations can be found on the link: Associate partners SEI Oxford and Oasis Hub are funded by Innovate UK and ETH Zurich is funded by The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), Switzerland]


by Tracy Irvine, Oasis Hub Ltd

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Directed will boost the integration, accessibility and interoperability of data, models and tools supporting Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management: from early warning systems through communication and climate change risk assessment tools.

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Technische Universität Braunschweig
Dept. of Hydrology and River Basin Management
Leichtweiß-Institute for Hydraulic Engineering

Beethovenstrasse 51a, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany


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