Project Setup

Name of the project

RAMSES stands for Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for citiES

Main aim of the project

The main aim of this research project was to deliver much needed quantified evidence of the impacts of climate change and the costs and benefits of a wide range of adaptation measures, focusing on cities. RAMSES engaged with stakeholders to ensure this information was policy relevant and ultimately to enable the design and implementation of adaptation strategies in the EU and beyond. The project focused on climate impacts and adaptation strategies pertinent to urban areas due to their high social and economic importance.

RAMSES in a nutshell: presentation

General concept of the project

The overall concept of RAMSES is illustrated by the figure below:

Urban characteristics and their inter-linkages were identified and used to provide the local context for the assessment. In an integrated top-down and bottom-up approach risks vulnerabilities and damages from climate change were quantified. Associated costs and  benefits of adaptation were then estimated to support the design of sustainable transition strategies in urban areas.


Ultimately, RAMSES provided the evidence basis that led to reduced adaptation costs as well as better understanding and acceptance of adaptation measures in cities.


RAMSES was a European Integrated Project, co-financed by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Programme in the call „ENV.2012.6.1-3 Strategies, costs and impacts of adaptation to climate change“. It has started on 1 October 2012 and ran until 30 September 2017.

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.