Aligned with the overall aim outlined above, the objectives of ARISE are threefold and include aspects concerning science, international and national policy as well as local decision-making:

  1. To contribute to identifying and bridging the gaps between global frameworks, research and policy related to climate change and disaster risk reduction and national, subnational as well as local risk management and adaptation needs and requirements by coupling and integrating information across scales
  2. To downscale the “Burning Embers – Reasons for Concern” to the local level (LBE) with respect to hazard types and sectors including a consideration of key risk drivers
  3. To support the building of resilience and adaptation capacities at the local level via an LBE integrated, iterative risk management approach that takes participatory processes and learning from practitioners into account

Key questions

Based on the objectives, the following key questions are to be addressed:

  1. What are the main research, policy and implementation gaps in disaster risk reduction for climate change adaptation relevant for adaptation efforts at the local level in Austria?
  2. How can the global “Burning Embers – Reasons for Concern” be adapted to the local level in Austria to serve as a decision-support in adaptive and iterative risk management? In which ways do the five global “Reasons for Concern” need to be altered and subdivided to meet local requirements?
  3. What are the main impacts of climate change risks in the study site City of Lienz according to the Local Burning Embers (LBE)? How are the risks and associated impacts changing over time?
  4. Which approach needs to be taken to integrate the LBE with iterative risk management tools? Which adaptation measures need to be prioritised and implemented in order to counter potentially rising risk and vulnerability levels in the City of Lienz?
  5. How can the LBE Framework be standardized and widely rolled-out?