Project management structure and decision making procedures
The EVOKED research project will be coordinated by NGI (the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute) with Dr. Amy M.P. Oen, a senior researcher at NGI, as the project leader. She will administer the project and liaise between all consortium partners to include the end-users at the established case study sites;
- Larvik municipality in Norway
- The region of Värmland in Sweden
- Province of North Brabant and Drents Overijselse Delta in the Netherlands
- City of Flensburg in Germany.
The collaborating research organizations, which are key knowledge providers and knowledge translators, include
- The Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI)
- Deltares (DS) in the Netherlands
- The Department of Geography at Christian-Albrechts University Kiel (CAU) in Germany.
A schematic of the project organization structure, including WP leaders and collaborative teams, is illustrated in the figure below:
The EVOKED project organization, multidisciplinary collaboration between and within work packages with research institutes and end-users as partners in the Stakeholder Decision Board and contacts in case study sites.
The project organization figure highlights different roles for the consortium and provide a framework for the distribution of tasks among consortium members. Responsibilities are briefly summarized below. The Steering Committee (SC) is the highest level of authority within the consortium. The SC is chaired by the Project Leader and includes all WP leaders and the Stakeholder Decision Board. The SC will meet yearly and discuss project progress and scientific findings, as well as cooperation at the various case study sites with
local stakeholders. The SC has the following tasks:
- Monitor the timely completion and overall progress and output of the project with respect to milestones and expected outcomes
- Review of deliverables, with respect to quality, relevance, and content
- Ensure protection of intellectual property rights
- Review resolved or unresolved internal disputes or grievances if needed for a final internal decision.
Consortium science partners
The research organizations involved (NGI, SGI, Deltares and the The Department of Geography at Christian-Albrechts University Kiel) cover a range of expertise and complementary competencies as described below.
NGI (The Norwegian Geotechnical Institute) is a private foundation and a leading centre of research and consultancy on engineering-related geosciences. NGI provides expertise with regard to the technical aspects of EVOKED related to flooding, disaster risk reduction and coastal management, modelling different climate scenarios and GIS capabilities. Overall project leader, Dr. Amy M.P. Oen, is a senior research at NGI and has been working in the environmental technology field for the last 20 years (Ph.D, University of Oslo). Her major fields of work are related to risk assessment, monitoring, as well as knowledge brokering to improve stakeholder involvement. Dr. Carl Harbitz is Head of Section RiSC (risk, landslide geotechnics, and climate adaptation) and will be responsible for Quality assurance. Bjørn Kalsnes, Discipline Leader Risk Assessment & Climate Impact will lead WP4. In general, the funding framework for NGI in the ERA4CS program provides NGI with sufficient resources to support all case study sites.
The Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI) is a national authority with responsibility for geotechnical issues, including landslides, erosion and the consequences of flooding and extreme weather events. The policyrelevant knowledge produced and mediated by SGI comprises sustainable land use planning, foundation engineering, polluted land / sediments and remediation, as well as climate change adaptation. Dr. Lisa Van Well is a senior researcher at SGI with a background in political science, climate change governance and spatial planning. Van Well is WP1 leader and her inter-disciplinary context will help bridge the gap between geotechnical science and climate change adaptation governance at multi-levels. Additional contributors from SGI include Per Danielsson, a senior advisor at SGI and is the Swedish National Coordinator for Coastal Erosion, and Dr. Miriam Zetterlund, a senior researcher at SGI with a background in decision analysis, hydrogeology and rock engineering and leading research projects regarding decision support tools for more
sustainable spatial planning.
Deltares is an independent institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface focusing mainly on deltas, coastal regions and river basins. Managing these densely populated and vulnerable areas is complex, which is why Deltares works closely with governments, businesses, other research institutes and universities at home and abroad. WP3 leader is Dr. Rutger van de Brugge, a senior advisor in transition management and climate adaptation with a focus on urban water management. Gerald Jan Ellen MSc. will also contribute. He is a senior researcher/advisor and program manager of the research program on Delta Governance (enabling working and living in delta areas).
Christian-Albrechts University Kiel (CAU) is a public institution of the German State of Schleswig-Holstein. The Department of Geography at has a long tradition in coastal research, which has been further strengthened with the establishment of the Coastal Risks and Sea-Level Rise (CRSLR) research group of the “Future Ocean” Excellence Cluster. The research of CRSLR focuses on understanding how coastal systems respond to combined pressures from natural and anthropogenic forcings. Dr. Athanasios Vafeidis is Professor in coastal systems and hazards and leads the CRSLR group. His major field of work is related to Coastal vulnerability/impact modelling and assessment; as well as on developing spatial scenarios of Coastal population change. Dr. Jana Koerth is a senior scientist at CAU and an expert on coastal adaptation. Her research focuses on private adaptation at household-level and on stakeholder involvement in the development of adaptation strategies.
Project EVOKED is part of ERA4CS, an ERA-NET initiated by JPI Climate, and funded by RCN (NO), FORMAS (SE), NWO (NL), BMBF (DE) with co-funding by European Union (Grant 690462).