STORM: a new challenge to mitigate the impact of harsh climate events upon cultural heritage


STORM-logoEuropean Union heritage assets are extremely exposed to climate change and natural hazards, which threaten their integrity and may compromise their value.

STORM ( is a new project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Programme, which undertakes the challenge of researching new ways to improve the resilience of cultural heritage against the effects of harsh climate events, thus mitigating their impact.

The project, coordinated by Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, was kicked-off on 27-28 June at the Diocletian Baths in Rome and it will extend over three years (2016-2019) involving twenty partners from seven different European countries (Italy, Greece, Portugal, UK, Austria, Germany, Turkey).

STORM proposes a set of novel predictive models and improved non-invasive and non-destructive methods of survey and diagnosis, for effective prediction of environmental changes and for revealing threats and conditions that could damage cultural heritage sites. Moreover, the project will determine how different types of vulnerable materials, structures and buildings are affected by extreme weather events as well as by risks associated to climatic conditions or natural hazards, offering improved, effective adaptation and mitigation strategies, systems and technologies.



An integrated system featuring novel sensors, legacy systems, state of the art platforms, as well as crowdsourcing techniques will be implemented, offering applications and services over an open cloud infrastructure.

Results will be tested in relevant case studies in five different countries: Italy, Greece, UK, Portugal and Turkey. These pilot sites have been carefully selected so as to adequately represent the rich European Cultural Heritage, and this piloting activity will be coordinated by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism through the Special Office for the Colosseum, the Roman National Museum and the Archaeological Area of Rome.

Expected outcomes range from preventive actions to emergency measures primarily directed towards the conservation of historic structures; and include a network of knowledge and tools shared among all the project partners that enables the definition of policy proposals dedicated to the mitigation of natural or climate change-caused disasters.

For more information vitit the project’s website at


Leave a Reply

Related Articles

The launch of the Craft Hub project: Investigating and Documenting Craft Skills and Processes
Craft Hub is a European project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme focused on Craft in the context of cultural heritage and its continuing relevance in contemporary practice. This opening conference focuses on 3 pillars of sharing best practice and practical advice in the form of creativity, heritage and connectivity and aims to inform participants about how they can actively engage and benefit from the Craft Hub Project. The project implementation is based on the investigation and doc...
Cultural heritage and climate change
On March 19, the Fridays For Future Movement and Europeana Climate Action Group organized a meeting to discuss collective climate action with a focus on steps that the cultural heritage sector can take to achieve this. As a sector, a call to action is needed to fight against climate change, and work together to protect our planet. The programme highlighted and shared the climate action work that has been done by cultural heritage professionals, as well as introduce a Climate Action Map wh...
The vulnerability of the European cultural heritage
The 7 Most Endangered programme was launched in 2013 as part of a civil society campaign to save Europe’s endangered heritage. Each year, 7 European heritage sites are selected as the most endangered. This selection aims to draw attention for mobilization of necessary public or private support, including funding, and as a way to raise awareness of the vulnerability of cultural heritage. It is run by Europa Nostra– the European voice of civil society committed to cultural and natural he...
#Mannheim2020: European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns
Cultural Heritage, Resilience and Sustainable Urban Regeneration are the focus of the session “Re-Inventing Heritage for Sustainable Urban Regeneration’, which will be held the morning of the third day conference from 9:30 to 11:00 CET. The session will explore how cultural heritage has the potential to enable new forms of collaboration and cultural production, to support cities to cope with future challenges, creating the conditions to carry out sustainable adaptive reuse projects. Participants...