The aim of the project was achieved through a review of historical storms that had a significant morphological impact on a representative number of sensitive European coastal sites, using published and non-published databases. The regional coastlines were selected according to wave exposure, tidal regime and socio-economical pressures.

All data were compiled into a homogeneous database of occurrence, including information on the characteristics of the storms, their morphological impacts, the damages caused on society, the Civil Protection schemes implemented after the events.

Monitoring of nine selected case-study sites took place for a period of one year to collect new data sets of bathymetry and topography using state-of-the-art technology (Lidar, ARGUS, Radar, DGPS). The impact of the storms on living and non-living resources were assessed using low-cost portable GIS methods and undertook post-damage assessments.

Numerical models of storm-induced morphological changes were tested and developed, using commercial packages and developing a new open-source code. The models were linked to wave and surge forecasting models to set-up a real-time warning system and to implement its usage within Civil Protection agencies. The most important end product of the project was the production of an operational warning system with defined thresholds (Storm Impact Indicators) for the prediction of major morphological changes and flooding events. The uncertainty involved in the use of these indicators is a sensitive issue for decision-makers.


MICORE Project was part of:

  • EU Environment research programme -Sub-activity Natural Hazards [more info]
  • FP7 Framework programme and Calls [more info]