Técnico

Universidade de Lisboa
THEMATIC STRANDS

RISK AND SAFETY IN NATURAL AND BUILT ENVIRONMENTS

Coordinator: Filipe Moura

This thematic strand includes research and development activities related to reducing risk to people, the environment, and natural and built heritage that may be affected by extreme events such as floods, droughts, earthquakes, wind storms, and tsunamis, or due to man’s activities, such as accidental pollution, deficient structures and infrastructures (so-called “lifelines”), blasts, and fires.

The research activities of this thematic strand focus on cross-cutting issues whose resolution contributes directly to tackling major societal challenges, some of them included in the current EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon Europe). The responses of research and development activities to those risks and threats are organized in three main research areas, corresponding to problem analysis, development of structural and non-structural measures, and development of operational and management measures:

  • Risk assessment of natural and man-made hazards to support decision-making on allocating resources for safety improvement works.
  • Engineering expertise for improving the safety of people and the environment, namely the development of solutions and techniques for improving construction robustness and resilience, as well as for structural protection, strengthening, and rehabilitation.
  • Prevention, preparedness, and management of risk considering natural hazards and climate change scenarios, concerning non-structural measures related to management, elaboration of risk prevention, preparedness plans, and operational and management procedures.

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