PROTECT webinar: A framework for attributing extreme events to climate change and evaluating adaptation strategies: the example of Venice Acqua Alta events

Do not miss the coming PROTECT webinar given by Davide Faranda (LSCE-CEA Saclay-IPSL-UVSQ-University Paris Saclay).

Abstract: We use analogues of atmospheric patterns to investigate changes in four devastating Acqua Alta (flooding) events in the lagoon of Venice associated with intense Mediterranean cyclones occurred in 1966, 2008, 2018 and 2019. Our results provide evidence that changes in atmospheric circulation, although not necessarily only anthropogenically driven, are linked to the severity of these events. We also evaluate the cost and benefit of the MoSE system, which was designed to protect against flooding. Our analysis shows that the MoSE has already provided protection against analogues of the most extreme event, which occurred in 1966. These findings have significant implications for the future of Venice and other coastal cities facing similar challenges from rising sea levels due to extreme events. This study also provides a pathway to evaluate the effectiveness of adaptation in a scenario more frequent and intense extreme events if higher global warming levels will be reached.

When: 29 January 3-4 pm CET

Where: Zoom link

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