INXCES - INnnovations for eXtreme Climatic Events

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Coordinator : Tone Merete Muyhanna
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NTNU
Email: tone.muthanna at

Projects  Partner and Institution:

Tone Merete Muthanna - Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway);
Maria Viklander, Lulea University of Technology (Sweden);
Guri Ganerød - Geological Survey of Norway (Norway);
Floris Cornelis Boogaard - Hanze University of Applied Science in Groningen (Netherland)
Radu Constantin Gogu - Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest (Romania)

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Abstract: INXCES - INnovations for eXtreme Climatic EventS
The main objectives of INXCES are:

  1. development of innovative methods for risk assessment,
  2. mitigation methods for extreme hydroclimatic events,
  3. optimization of ecosystem services of the mitigation methods. It is widely acknowledged that extreme events such as floods and droughts are an increasing challenge, particularly in urban areas. The frequency and intensity of floods and droughts pose challenges for economic and social development, negatively affecting the quality of life of urban populations.

Prevention and mitigation of the consequences of hydroclimatic extreme events are dependent on the time scale. Floods are typically a consequence of intense rainfall events with short duration. In relation to prolonged droughts however, a much slower timescale needs to be considered, connected to groundwater level reductions, desiccation and negative consequences for growing conditions and potential ground – and building stability. INXCES will take a holistic spatial and temporal approach to the urban water balance at a catchment scale and perform technical-scientific research to assess, mitigate and build resilience in cities against extreme hydroclimatic events with nature-based solutions. INXCES will use and enhance innovative 3D terrain analysis and visualization technology coupled with state-of-the-art satellite remote sensing to develop cost-effective risk assessment tools for urban flooding, aquifer recharge, ground stability and subsidence. INXCES will develop quick scan tools that will help decision makers and other actors to improve the understanding of urban and peri-urban terrains and identify options for cost effective implementation of water management solutions that reduce the negative impacts of extreme events, maximize beneficial uses of rainwater and stormwater for small to intermediate events and provide long-term resilience in light of future climate changes. The INXCES approach optimizes the multiple benefits of urban ecosystems, thereby stimulating widespread implementation of nature-based solutions on the urban catchment scale.

WP1 Integrated Risk Assessment;
WP2 Sub & Surface Water Management;
WP3 Tech Innovations for Risk Assessment & Mitigation;
WP4 Dissemination/Outreach; WP5 Project Management

Outcome/deliverables: Improved environmental impact alleviation of climatic events. A holistic approach to the urban water balance and improved management of urban water resources. A new urban monitoring station and shallow subsurface monitoring in Bucharest and Better prediction of changes in groundwater level Incorporating rain-on-snow and snowmelt events in flood risk assessment Prototype of nature-based water quality filters and treatment train Guidelines for improved design of stormwater systems for extremes.

References coordinator and  leaders of  each WP: Maria Viklander, Guri Ganerød, Tone Merete Muthanna, Floris Cornelis Boogaard, Radu Constantin Gogu

Contact Point for  Communication/Dissemination activities: Floris Cornelis Boogaard

Contact Point for Open Data/Open Access activities:

Results of the project: Data and resources


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published on 2018/04/26 09:55:00 GMT+2 last modified 2019-08-27T15:16:49+02:00