Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructure (RESIN)
Working within an innovative cross-European partnership, researchers at The University are supporting the development of approaches to enhance the resilience of Europe's cities and urban critical infrastructure to extreme weather and climate change.
The RESIN project will develop tools and methodologies that not only support well-informed urban planning and decision making, but also encourage the market deployment of innovative climate adaptation and resilience approaches.
RESIN is a €7.5 million European Union funded Horizon 2020 project, running from May 2015 until November 2018. The consortium consists of 17 partners from 8 European countries, experienced in urban resilience and climate change.
The proposal was regarded as exceptional by the European Commission (achieving an evaluation score of 15/15). RESIN is coordinated by Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO).
RESIN project outputs will be developed and applied in four case study areas – Bilbao, Bratislava, Paris and the Greater Manchester city-region. Learning generated within the project will be transferred to a series of ‘second tier’ cities identified with the collaboration of ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability).
Urban Resilience – assessing, prioritising and standardising
The RESIN project recognises that extreme weather and climate change pose an ever increasing threat to both quality of life and the future prosperity of cities. Over a 42 month period, the project will develop outputs to increase the resilience of cities to extreme weather and climate change risks. This includes:
- Linking existing approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk management, working towards a resilience approach with a core focus on critical infrastructure.
- Providing a conceptual and methodological toolkit to explore the potential for standardised methods to build resilience to climate change and its associated vulnerabilities and risks. This will include an inventory of potential adaptation measures, alongside standardised methods for prioritisation.
- Developing a framework to address the governance of the adaptation planning process, involving different stakeholders and sectors in order to optimise efforts.
- Generating on-line decision support tools and guidance, to facilitate the formulation of adaptation strategies by local administrations and private stakeholders (such as infrastructure network managers).
- Incorporating extensive consultation and testing in ‘real life’ urban situations, ensuring that frameworks and tools developed by RESIN can be applied in practice.
- Collaborating with a European Standardisation organisation (NEN) to prepare project outputs that will ensure climate change adaptation can be progressed in a systematic and reproducible fashion.
The University of Manchester has a leading role in both the conceptual and empirical aspects of RESIN. Our key contributions include:
- Facilitating the development of a conceptual framework to guide the project and its various work packages.
- Creating and testing a ‘city typology’ that will characterise cities according to factors linked to adaptation and resilience. The typology will encourage the development of responses more closely tailored to the characteristics of specific urban areas.
- Working with the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA), and other bodies across the Greater Manchester region, to explore the climate resilience of the conurbation’s critical infrastructure systems and support the development and testing of decision support tools.
RESIN is underpinned by close working relationships between universities, research institutes, the private sector and municipal authorities. Accordingly, the Greater Manchester team brings together practitioners and academics in the fields of climate change adaptation and urban resilience.
- Dr Jeremy Carter (Principal Investigator, Planning and Environmental Management)
- Dr Andrew Karvonen
- Dr Stephen Hincks (Planning and Environmental Management)
- Professor John Handley (Planning and Environmental Management)
- Dr Angela Connelly (Research Associate, SEED)
- Mark Atherton (Leader of the AGMA RESIN team)
- Matt Ellis (AGMA and The Environment Agency)
RESIN builds on over a decade of innovative, and highly impactful, climate change adaptation and resilience research at the University of Manchester. This includes:
- Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change in the Urban Environment (ASCCUE)
- ‘Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco Towns’ (GRaBS toolkit)
- EU Cities Adapt
- Smart Resilience Technologies, Systems and Tools (SMARTeST)