EU-CIRCLE (A pan-European framework for strengthening critical infrastructure resilience) (2015-2018)

EU-CIRCLE is focusing on the interdependency between modern infrastructure systems, and the cascading effects caused by extreme events. The main objectives of EU-CIRCLE are defining a holistic climate resilience infrastructure model and its constitutional components to develop the technical solution that will implement it and to extensively validate it in real world test cases. EU-CIRCLE will also link the mode to awareness raising activities for fully integrating the CI stakeholder community, and provide an innovative ―community exploitation model building upon the technical capabilities of Climate Infrastructure Resilience Platform (CIRP).

EU-CIRCLE consists of nine major work packages and five case studies:

  • WP1 Setting the Operational Environment
  • WP2 Climatic Data Capture and Processing
  • WP3 Critical Infrastructure Risk Model for Climate Hazards
  • WP4 CI Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change
  • WP5 Development of EU-CIRCLE framework
  • WP6 Case Studies and EU-CIRCLE Assessment
  • WP7 SimICI: Reference Simulated Network of ICI
  • WP8 Dissemination and Exploitation
  • WP9 Management


  • Case Study 1: Forest Fire and Prolonged drought on French/Italian Borders
  • Case Study 2: Sea Surge, Extreme Winds and Coastal Flooding in Baltic Sea Port in Gdynia, Poland
  • Case Study 3: Coastal Flooding (surface water, highway, sewer and watercourse flooding) in Torbay, UK
  • Case Study 4: International Event
  • Case Study 5: Rapid Winter Flooding (melting ice, narrow mountain streams, flooding) around Dresden, Germany

The EU-CIRCLE Consortium is led by National Center for Scientific Research (Demokritos), Greece, supported by 20 partners from Bangladesh, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland and UK are involved. CWS is contributing to all WPs, particularly the development of flood risk modelling, UK case study, and formulating a standardised method of approach to resilience problems. 

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