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RAMSES Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for Cities


The main aim of this research project is 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 will engage with stakeholders to ensure this information is policy relevant and ultimately enables the design and implementation of adaptation strategies in the EU and beyond.The project will focus on climate impacts and adaptation strategies pertinent to urban areas due to their high social and economic importance. Urban characteristics and their inter-linkages are 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 are quantified. Associated costs and benefits of adaptation are then estimated to support the design of sustainable transition strategies in urban areas. RAMSES will provide the evidence basis that leads to reduced adaptation costs as well as better understanding and acceptance of adaptation measures in cities.

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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research


London School of Economics and Political Science Newcastle University & Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research Flemish Institute for Technological Research IDDR - Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations TECNALIA Research & Innovation - Energy and Environment NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe T6 Ecosystem s.r.l. ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, European Secretariat Seneca Consultants srl Climate Media Factory UG Institut Veolia Environnement

Source of funding

co-financed by the European Commission FP 7

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