Safeguarding Cultural Heritage through Technical and Organisational Resources Management

Historical Centre of Rethymno (Rethymno, Greece) Diocletian Baths (Rome, Italy) Roman Ruins of Tróia (Tróia, Portugal) Ephesus (Izmir, Turkey) Mellor Heritage Project (Manchester, England, UK)

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Historical Centre of Rethymno (Rethymno, Greece)



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(Tróia, Portugal)



(Izmir, Turkey)



Mellor Heritage Project
(Manchester, England, UK)



STORM provides critical decision making tools to all European Cultural Heritage stakeholders charged to face climate change and natural hazards. The project improves existing processes related to three identified areas: Prevention, Intervention and Policies, planning and processes.


STORM project incorporates information on preventive strategies aimed at protecting the EU cultural sites in a practical and useful set of tools for heritage safeguarding, taking it to a higher level. By making the processes user-focused and citizen-centred, STORM brings together wider awareness of protection and prevention than ever before.

How it works

In principle, the STORM integrated platform deals with corrective actions of the following types: continuous real-time control, control of discrete on/off action based on event processing, cooperative planning and design preservation or restoration structural interventions, and quick response in emergency management.

Expected achievements

STORM integrated platform delivers a set of applications and services for the protection by climate changes and extreme weather events: Data Analytics Service, Crowdsourcing Services, Natural Disaster Applications, Web-based GIS Visualization, Threat Analysis Services, Risk Assessment Tools, Mitigation Strategy Plan


Diocletian Baths, Rome, Italy. Mellor Heritage site, Manchester, UK. Tróia Roman Ruins, Portugal. Rethymno historical centre, Crete, Greece. Ephesus, Anatolia, Turkey. As well as one other relevant site run by an associated partner: Pompei, Italy.


The project enables to go far beyond the current state of the art by way of: Preventive actions on the conservation of historic structures. Emergency measures to mitigate natural or climate change caused disasters. A network of shared knowledge and tools among all European partners.

Starting from previous research experiences and tangible outcomes, STORM proposes a set of novel predictive models and improved non-invasive and non-destructive methods of survey and diagnosis, for effective prediction of environmental changes and for revealing threats and conditions that could damage cultural heritage sites.
Moreover, STORM will determine how different vulnerable materials, structures and buildings are affected by different extreme weather events together with risks associated to climatic conditions or natural hazards, offering improved, effective adaptation and mitigation strategies, systems and technologies.
An integrated system featuring novel sensors (intra fluorescent and wireless acoustic sensors), legacy systems, state of the art platforms (including LiDAR and UAVs), as well as crowdsourcing techniques will be implemented, offering applications and services over ad open cloud infrastructure.
An important result of STORM will be a cooperation platform for collaboratively collecting and enhancing knowledge, processes and methodologies on sustainable and effective safeguarding and management of account environmental and anthropogenic risks, and of using Complex Events processing.
Results will be tested in relevant case studies in five different countries: Italy, Greece, UK, Portugal and Turkey. The sites and consortium have been carefully selected so as to adequately represent the rich European Cultural Heritage, while associate partners that can assist with liaisons and links to other stakeholders and European sites are also included. The Project will be carried out by a multidisiplinary team providing all competences needed to assure the implementation of a functional and effective solution to support all the actors involved in the management and preservation of Cultural Heritage sites.