The Earth's climate is changing. And with climate change, cities – and the people who live in cities - face increasing risks from flooding, heat waves and other extreme weather events. Adapting to this change could be decisive for the future of cities. But how to adapt? What are the costs? And how to rank options and measures to make urban infrastructure resilient?

The European research project RAMSES gives answers to these questions. Through understanding city characteristics and climate change impacts on the urban scale, the project assesses risks and vulnerabilities and quantifies the costs and benefits of respective adaptation options.

By asking city policy makers and local actors about the challenges that cities face, RAMSES tailors its research to cities’ needs. Already, RAMSES has delivered the following:

  • the Stakeholder survey report, which highlights support opportunities and the potential role of the EC in strengthening urban adaptation processes;

  • the Database on taxonomic resilient architecture and infrastructure indicators which encompasses and orders key measures to improve urban design, informing EU policy-making to formulate recommendations on how to make urban infrastructure resilient;

  • the first RAMSES Stakeholder Dialogue organised to share and co-create the research results of the project. The Stakeholder Dialogues offer an opportunity for those at the European level to meet directly with local and regional policy makers, adaptation practitioners and other stakeholders, and to gain insights into those policies that could represent “game changers".

Outputs coming soon include:

  • Additional Stakeholder Dialogues and Webinars. The Stakeholder dialogues allow for relevant stakeholders/target groups to learn from the research being conducted within RAMSES and to provide comments and feedback that will be integrated into the RAMSES activities and outputs.

  • Web-based audio-visual guidance. The web-based audio-visual guidance application will provide an application with comprehensive content accessible without personal guidance from experts. The most detailed layer will include target group orientated condensations of the scientific results, background information and links to further reading.

The full list of project outputs relevant for the city level can be found here.

The outputs are a result of interdisciplinary research on costs of climate adaptation in cities from the following scientific disciplines: adaptation, mitigation, climate change impacts, economics, architecture, infrastructure, urban and spatial planning, climate modeling, policy and governance, risk, resilience and vulnerability, health, and communication.

Europe The work leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme under Grant Agreement No. 308497
Project RAMSES - Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for Cities.