European Union heritage assets are extremely exposed to climate change and natural hazards, which threaten their integrity and may compromise their value.
STORM (www.storm-project.eu) 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 www.storm-project.eu.