RESCCUE RAF App – Climate change Resilience Assessment Framework tool for urban areas

15:15–15:45 Tuesday 28 May


Room S15


Rita Salgado Brito (Portugal) 1; Cristina Lucas Pereira (Portugal) 1; Pedro Lopes (Portugal) 1

1 - LNEC

This tool provides a framework to assess urban resilience to climate change, with focus on water, considering an objective-oriented approach and four resilience dimensions: organizational, considering governance relationships; spatial, covering urban space and environment; functional, focused on strategic services in the city (water, wastewater, stormwater, waste, energy and mobility); and physical, centred on infrastructure of these services. The resilience objectives are described through key criteria, expressing different points of view, which are evaluated by indicators or metrics. In this given scope, the metrics are described and associated to reference values, providing a user-friendly assessment to support a structured diagnosis. The App allows the use of a defined structure based on dimensions / objectives / criteria / metrics, specifically designed to address the referred scope.

The potential users for this tool are the municipalities, utilities of urban strategic services and consultants and researchers with interest in cities or services resilience, climate change or any other multidisciplinary assessment. The App can be used as a tool to support assessment, diagnosis and decision-making as well as the development of resilience plans, to monitor progress of a city or service or to compare different cities or services. This tool is of interest to civil, urban water and environmental engineering, urban resilience and climate change adaptation scientific areas.

The main benefits of developing this platform are to contribute to the resilience assessment of cities and services, to the development of resilience plans, to address the contribution of urban services to the city’s resilience and to acknowledge improvement opportunities and monitor progress.

This tool facilitates the dissemination and application to several cases and projects, nowadays limited with the existing tools, allowing for feasible developments in areas as relevant as resilience and risk management in urban areas.