VALORADA's background

Climate change is an on-going phenomenon proven to be caused by anthropogenic activities that threaten to have harmful impacts on ecosystems and the future prosperity, security and well-being of all humankind. The effects of climate change vary considerably across regions according to distinct physical, environmental, social, cultural and economic characteristics, resulting in different sensitivities to climate change. Hence, adaptation measures will have to be implemented at a local level to be efficient at reducing risk and vulnerabilities. Stakeholders such as regional and local authorities will be key players in building a climate-neutral, resilient and adaptive future. Consequently, the EU aims at transforming 150 European regions into sustainable and climate resilient regions by 2030.

VALORADA contributes to address this challenge by co-developing tested and customisable data-manipulation tools, complying with the FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable data). These tools aim to access available climate datasets and to enable the sharing, community-validation and use of local socioeconomic, demographic, and Earth-Observation data.

In a rigorous transdisciplinary approach, the respective risks of climate change are analysed in five demonstrators in Europe with the local actors. Data required for the analysis are compiled from the various repositories already existing (e.g., Copernicus Climate Changes Service’s Climate Data Store (CDS)) and locally sourced non-climate data catalogues processed by local communities and regions. We will co-develop and make available prototype climate data and non-climate data manipulation tools to support and improve existing data portals and platforms and to enable user-oriented multi-data integration.