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Heat-wave risk and adaptation strategies

 
 
 

Project background

The studies conducted by the CRSTRA under the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement have pinpointed the trend in heat-waves against the background of climate change, highlighting an increase in the length, frequency and intensity of heat-waves since the 1980s. At the same time, the workshops on heat-wave risks and adaptation held by the CRSTRA as part of the activities of the EUR-OPA programme (2014-2015) for the various stakeholders involved in dealing with these risks (Civil Defence, health service, National Climate Change Agency (ANCC), etc.) have produced various recommendations.  Some have been implemented; for instance, for the first time in Algeria, alerts have been issued in the media to warn the public about impending heat-waves and the precautions to be taken. At present, the CRSTRA is developing tools to aid decision-making (heat-wave risk maps for Algeria) and also drawing up an inventory of best practices based on traditional local skills in terms of heat-wave risk adaptation and mitigation.  In addition, the CRSTRA is developing outreach media for national institutions, local authorities and vulnerable population groups (children, elderly persons and persons with chronic diseases).

For the next phase (2018-2019), we intend to move on from defining the heat-wave risk to establishing a heat-wave geographical information system (GIS) for risk evaluation.  To reach as many people as possible, we will use social media for awareness-raising, outreach, alerts and promoting the relevant risk culture.
Expected results

Expected results year 1

Centre for Scientific and Technical Research on Arid Regions Omar El Bernaoui - Algeria :

Specific objectives 2018

Using scientific and technological knowledge to assess more effectively evolving risks and adapt the resilience strategies accordingly

  • Updating and expansion of the heat-wave database for Algeria. Could be a benchmark for the Mediterranean region for this risk because of the size of its territory and its geographical location.
  • GIS: development of the conceptual model for the heat-wave GIS for Algeria.
  • Inventory of local skills in the region of Adrar (Touat), Oued Souf (Souf) and Touggourt (Rhir).

Promoting “risk culture” among the population (children, adults and particularly vulnerable groups) 

  • Awareness-raising through the tools and media developed (heat-wave risk platform on the www.crstra.dz website, posters, radio broadcasts, etc.).

Expected results 2018

  • Updating of the database on days with heat-waves and expansion with additional stations so as to complete the coverage of Algeria.
  • Development of the conceptual model for the heat-wave GIS for Algeria.
  • Creation of a platform on the www.crstra.dz website covering climate risks in general and the heat-wave risk in particular.
  • Extending study of the inventory of local skills in the region of Adrar (Touat), Oued Souf (Souf) and Touggourt (Rhir).  The choice of the entities for the survey is based on an agri-ecological and socio-economic distribution cutting across the Sahara from East to West.

Expected results year 2

Specific objectives 2019

Using scientific and technological knowledge to assess more effectively evolving risks and adapt the resilience strategies accordingly

  • Updating and expansion of the heat-wave database for Algeria.
  • Heat-wave risk GIS (multicriteria analysis) for drawing up the heat-wave risk map for Algeria.

Promoting “risk culture” among the population (children, adults and particularly vulnerable groups)

  • Awareness-raising through social media and heat-wave risk platform on the www.crstra.dz website).

Expected results 2019

  • Updating of the database on days with heat-waves and expansion with additional stations so as to complete the coverage of Algeria.
  • Production of heat-wave risk maps.
  • Further development of the heat-wave risk platform on the www.crstra.dz website.
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Centre for Scientific and Technical Research on Arid Regions Omar El Bernaoui - Algeria



Deliverables year 1

  • Methodological report on the development of the conceptual model for the heat-wave GIS for Algeria.
  • Development of a heat-wave risk platform on the crstra.dz website.
  • Guide to local heat-wave risk adaptation skills.

Deliverables year 2

  • Updating and expansion of the heat-wave database for Algeria.
  • Heat-wave risk maps for Algeria.
  • CRSTRA platforms on heat-wave risks with at least five outreach videos.

Activities year 1

  • Updating of the database of days with heat-waves in Algeria and expansion with additional stations.
  • Development of the conceptual model for the heat-wave GIS for Algeria.
  • Preparation of data layers for the GIS.
  • Carrying out of a survey on local skills in the region of Ghardaïa and El Oued.
  • Creation of the risk platform on the www.crstra.dz website.

Activities year 2

  • Updating and expansion of the heat-wave database for Algeria.
  • Select expert workshop for the heat-wave GIS and the multicriteria analysis.
  • Production of risk maps on the basis of the multicriteria analysis
  • CRSTRA platforms on heat-wave risk with at least five outreach videos.
  • Production of a guide to local skills based on local know-how, with possible optimisation if necessary.

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Centre for Scientific and Technical Research on Arid Regions Omar El Bernaoui - Algeria



Deliverables year 1


  • Methodological report on the development of the conceptual model for the heat-wave GIS for Algeria.
  • Development of a heat-wave risk platform on the crstra.dz website.
  • Guide to local heat-wave risk adaptation skills.

Deliverables year 2


  • Updating and expansion of the heat-wave database for Algeria.
  • Heat-wave risk maps for Algeria.
  • CRSTRA platforms on heat-wave risks with at least five outreach videos.

Activities year 1


  • Updating of the database of days with heat-waves in Algeria and expansion with additional stations.
  • Development of the conceptual model for the heat-wave GIS for Algeria.
  • Preparation of data layers for the GIS.
  • Carrying out of a survey on local skills in the region of Ghardaïa and El Oued.
  • Creation of the risk platform on the www.crstra.dz website.

Activities year 2


 

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