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Research project

ESPON TITAN - Territorial Impacts of Natural Disasters

 Project duration: 09/2019 to 05/2021

The focus of the research is on developing a sound methodology for assessing the economic impact of natural disasters, structured in two steps: a wide scale methodology to be implemented with the existing data covering Europe, and a more focused and complete methodology, focused on regional/ local scale. At least one regional or local entity will be selected to test the methodology. Moreover instruments and tools (predominantly in spatial planning/territorial development) for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation measures will be identified within this study and provide assessment of their benefits and usefulness. Throughout this research the IRPUD is responsible for three main tasks:

1. Case Studies

  • ESPON-TITAN will carry out eight analyses of different European regions to identify the economic impact of their natural disasters.
  • The purpose is to validate the methodologies of economic impact evaluation of natural disasters derived from ESPON-TITAN, to extract relevant findings and lessons learned to be transferred to other regions in the ESPON territory to inform planning, disaster risk management and climate change adaptation and to identify good practice examples in terms of planning, disaster risk management and climate change adaptation. The outcomes constitute a key element for the elaboration of the policy recommendations.
  • They will also reflect which practices exist to deal with the effects of disasters in European regions and countries, including cooperation and coordination between actors (spatial planning, sectoral planning and emergency response) and territorial levels (EU, national, regional local).

2. Practices related to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in Europe

  • The objectives of describing the practice and identifying good practices are to prepare an overview of the practice of the management of natural hazards at different territorial scales and to identify best practices related to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation strategies.
  • The subtasks are an overview of different policies and instruments used, governance structures at different territorial scales with an emphasis on how this has been integrated into place-based spatial planning and of various cooperation mechanisms between local and regional authorities.

3. Policy recommendations

  • Policy messages and recommendations will be elaborated, closely linked to the key policy questions addressed by ESPON TITAN and targeted to both international institutions at the EU level as well as to national and regional authorities. The analysis will primarily concentrate on the natural hazards that are analysed in the project.


Cooperation partners

  • Tecnalia Research & Innovation: ES (lead contractor)
  • Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), FI
  • TU Dortmund University, DE
  • Trinomics, NL
  • Cambridge Econometrics, UK



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Location & approach

The TU Dort­mund campus is located near the Dort­mund West interchange, where the A45 Sauerland line crosses the B1/A40 Ruhr expressway. The Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dort­mund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. Coming from the A45, you can turn onto Stockumer Straße via Universitätsstraße. This in turn is connected to Baroper Straße, along which Campus South extends. If you take the exit of the A-40, the route via Emil-Figge Straße, Marie-Curie Allee to Baroper Straße makes sense. If you turn from Baroper Straße into August-Schmidt Straße, you have the possibility to reach the parking lot directly behind the GB III.

The South Campus is connected via Stockumerstraße by bus lines 440 and 449, which run every 10 minutes. Campus South can be reached on foot from the Am Gardenkamp stop, and the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station is also located near the Eichlinghofen stop. The bus lines connect to the U42 light rail line at the Barop Parkhaus stop, which provides connections to the Dort­mund-Hombruch district and Dort­mund downtown. 

From Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen, the South Campus is connected to the H-Bahn network via the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station. Line 1 runs here every 10 minutes, and the South Campus is served by the Campus Süd stop. 
A connection to Campus North is also provided via the H-Bahn. Line 2 shuttles between Campus North and Campus South every 5 minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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