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HYPERION’s ambition is to produce a comprehensive tool for cultural heritage sites to assess the threats of climate change in tandem with other natural hazards, visualize the built heritage and cultural landscape under future climate scenarios, model the effects of different adaptation strategies, and ultimately prioritize any rehabilitation actions to best allocate funds in both pre- and post-event conditions.

HYPERION will leverage existing tools and services (e.g., climate/extreme events models, decay models of building materials, Copernicus services), novel technologies (terrestrial and satellite imaging for wide-area inspection, advanced machine learning, etc.) to deliver an integrated resilience assessment platform, addressing multi-hazard risk understanding, better preparedness, faster, adapted and efficient response, and sustainable reconstruction of historic areas.

The HYPERION integrated resilience assessment platform will offer an overarching strategy that includes risk management, protection and preparedness as complementary strategies to prevent damages to cultural sites, identify and ward off additional threats and promote adaptation, reconstruction and other post-disruption strategies to restore normal conditions to the historic area, as well as long-term strategic approaches to adapt to Climate Change and to wield policy tools for economic resilience.

To meet this goal, HYPERION will set out to produce the following outcomes until the end of 2022:

  • Reliable quantification of climatic, hydrological, and atmospheric stressors for different Climate Change scenarios
  • Analysis of cultural heritage building materials and of their deterioration processes
  • Implementation of a Hygro-Thermal simulation
  • Improved prediction of Structural and Geotechnical risk
  • Environmental and material monitoring including state identification and damage diagnosis
  • Design of a Holistic Resilience Assessment Platform for multi-hazards and a Decision-Support-System, enabling communities’ participation

HYPERION will perform extensive tests in four demo sites, in Greece (Rhodes), Spain (Granada), Norway (Tønsberg) and Italy (Venice).

The historic areas will be modelled at building level through reduced-order models based on archetype structures of each area. A number of selected structures (CH value) will be modelled and monitored in detail. The demonstration shall prove the suitability of the HYPERION platform for multiple hazard assessment and optimized operational and strategic decisions for management and maintenance of the historic areas.

Link to project website: www.hyperion-project.eu

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A 4-year EC Funded project
Start date: 1st of June, 2019
HYPERION has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 821054.


Multi-hazard holistic risk and resilience assessment of cultural heritage assets and sites

Development of adaptation and mitigation strategies for multiple hazards and climate change impact

Environmental and material monitoring

Development of software tools for integrated resilience assessment




5,997,728.75 Euros


Europe (Greece, Italy, Spain, Norway)


European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme


Natural catastrophe risk modelling

Design of financial mitigation strategies


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