Project partners

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)


The Institute of Mountain Risk Engineering (IAN) is part of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria, and an international centre of research and education in environmental sciences, in particular specialised on natural hazards in mountain regions. IAN mainly deals with hazard and risk assessment for mountain environments, including forest and land management, technical and biological mitigation measures as well as disaster and risk management. Active research areas include the analysis and management of torrential floods, sediment transport, debris flows, snow avalanches, and landslides; including the assessment of potential loses and vulnerability. IAN has been widely involved in national, international and in several EU-funded research projects.


Joanneum Research


The LIFE Centre for Climate, Energy and Society addresses the key issues related to climate change: How can society cope better with the risks of global warming and how can we minimise the associated economic damage? Will climate change also bring economic opportunities? How can these opportunities be realised? What steps are necessary to guide our society towards a more sustainable development path in order to slow down climate change? All these research issues are closely interrelated with each other and require similar methodological approaches.




alpS is a SME in the form of a Research & Development centre and consultancy dedicated to the topics of risk and climate change adaptation. Its largest business unit is the K1 Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Technologies, one of Austria’s Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies (COMET). Developing and applying interdisciplinary, blended and public-private partnership approaches, alpS creates hands-on, real life solutions and has at its disposal significant experience and expertise in integrated risk research and in linking disaster risk reduction with climate change adaptation. In this context, assessing and managing the risks of municipalities has been a core activity. The participatory approach devised by the alpS research team has been applied 300+ times and awarded role model status by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNISDR) Campaign called “Making Cities Resilient”.


Case Studies

Bezirkshauptmannschaft Lienz

Gemeinde Heinfels


Amt der Tiroler Landesregierung, Abteilung Wasserwirtschaft

Amt der Tiroler Landesregierung, Zivil- und Katastrophenschutz, Landeswarnzentrale

Landesfeuerwehrverband Vorarlberg

Wildbach- und Lawinenverbauung, Sektion Tirol