The division Risk assessment and adaptation strategies (RAAS), established in November 2014, brought together research groups with sizable expertise and long-standing experience in climate risk analysis and assessment, and development of adaptation strategies and policies, previously affiliated with other research divisions. The Division counts 22 researchers and is currently engaged in implementing 8 ongoing international and national projects. The research priorities embrace three major themes that denote the main research units.Research unitsTop
Economic analysis of risk and disaster risk reduction
Research Unit LeaderJaroslav Mysiak
DescriptionThis unit focuses on economic and wider social effects of extreme climate and meteorological events as well as policy instruments set to reduce societal vulnerability and increase resilience. The research subunit Impact assessment of extreme events, led by Lorenzo Carrera, analyses impacts of major disaster strikes in Europe and elsewhere, and develop models able to estimate future economic losses of natural hazards amplified by the human induced climate change. The subunit Performance assessment of disaster risk reduction strategies, led by Dr. Dionisio Perèz Blanco, analyses how economic, regulatory and other policy instruments reduce the risk and vulnerability and contribute to a better protection and prevention of disaster losses. An emphasis is placed on economic policy instruments boosting efficiency of resource use and risk sharing arrangements.
Environmental risk assessment and management
Research Unit LeaderSilvia Torresan
DescriptionThis unit analyses the multiple ways through which environment may be impacted as a result of exposure and vulnerability to one or more environmental stressors such as chemicals, land change, disease, invasive species and climate change. The subunit Ecological and human health risk and impact assessment, led by Dr. Silvia Torresan, evaluates methods and tools available to assess multi-hazard risk posed or amplified by climate variability and change. The subunit Environmental fate and transport of chemicals, led by Dr. Andrea Critto, assesses how climate change influence environmental fate and transport of chemicals and analyses the related ecological and human risks. The subunit Decision support systems and ICT tools, led by Alex Zabeo, is engaged in developing state-of-the-art decision support systems (DSS), and information and communication tools (ICT) set to assist decision making by improved access to, and analysis of, information on environment and society.
Governance of climate related risks and adaptation
Research Unit LeaderSergio Castellari // Carlo Giupponi
DescriptionThis research unit addresses national and international climate adaptation policies and set to inform decision making processes. The subunit Institutional Relations and Adaptation Policies, led by Dr. Sergio Castellari, operates as the Italian National Contact Point for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and oversees international and national framework contracts such as the Italian National Climate Adaptation Strategy and the European Environmental Agency’s Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC-CCA). The subunit Policy analysis and assessment, led by Elisa Calliari, analyses international and national policies related to climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction, including the post-2015 international policy framework on DRR. Emphasis is placed on Loss and Damage international mechanism established under the premises of UNFCCC and the multi-sectoral partnerships promoted to aid the least developed and small island developing states. The subunit Participatory decision making, led by Prof. Carlo Giupponi, analyses and advices bottom-up decision making processes related to DRR and climate adaptation.