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INTACT – (On the Impact of Extreme Weather on Critical Infrastructures)


Client: European Commission

Dates: 2014-2017

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INTACT is assessing the impact of extreme weather events on Critical Infrastructure (CI). Extreme weather is a phenomenon that causes severe operational threats to CI, and therefore increasing the resilience of CI to extreme weather events is one of the most demanding challenges for both government and society.


The INTACT project will address these challenges and bring together innovative knowledge and experience in Europe in order to develop and demonstrate best practices in engineering, materials, construction, planning and designing protective measures as well as crisis response and recovery capabilities. This will culminate in the INTACT Wiki, the decision support system that facilitates cross-disciplinary and cross-border data sharing and provides a forum for evidence-based policy formulation.


One of the central objectives of the INTACT project is to provide extreme weather case studies from different regions across Europe to cover for different climate zones, landscape types and environmental zones, as well as for different CI categories.


FAC is leading the Irish case study in Work Package 5 (WP5), which examines flooding in the Southwest Region of Ireland and its impacts on CI in the case study region, and the continuing ability of CI in the Southwest Region to deliver the required services. As part of our role, FAC is undertaking exploration of the case ‘hazards’, CI and society; vulnerability and risk analysis on the risk under the current (climate) situations, and analysis of future risk for the CI-extreme weather combinations. A crucial element of the CI impacts is also the identification of the cascading effects on other CI networks and societal and economic impacts.



Critical Infrastructure, Crises and Disaster Management, Recovery, CI protection, Resilience
April 16, 2016