Historical Centre of Rethymno (Rethymno, Greece)

Construction time

  • Hellenistic shipyards – Neoria (3rd – 2nd BC)
  • Early modern period – (Fortezza fortress) (late 16th century)
  • Buildings in the old city (~1850)
  • Minister (1955)

Because of continuous exposure of the monuments to extreme climate events and natural hazards, the old city buildings and the Fortezza fortress suffer from several types of deterioration. Results can be spotted on both stones, binders, mortars and coatings of the monuments, creating the need for their rehabilitation and preservation. Although the restoration and conservation work carried out by the involved stakeholders is significant, the current protection and conservation actions lack the real-time monitoring and risk assessment, which is required for more effective and efficient management.

In the context of STORM trials, the way of using the sensor technologies and crowdsourcing techniques for early detection of problems is evaluated so as to enhance the level of protection of the site and to assess how STORM platform results can be applied to sites in habitated areas, with a large number of visitors.

The Cultural Heritage management will be more effective and accurate as the STORM platform is tested and evaluated for targeting the specific needs of the selected monuments by using real-time data from the sensor installations on the sites as also crowd-sensing data in an innovative way. The statistical analysis of all these data will enhance the sophisticated risk assessment integrated processes and services, considering both natural and anthropogenic risks in an interactive way of synthesis. The results of the trials will be widely demonstrated to the involved stakeholders and the relevant authorities and are expected to lead to new, more efficient governmental processes concerning the protection of the sites against climate changes and natural hazards.