Urban waterfronts are facing new challenges when dealing with climate change. The problem affects the citizens, the environment and the local economy. Municipalities, stakeholders, Port Authorities and local communities often disagree upon their own needs. S.O.S. – Sustainable Open Solutions for European urban waterfronts aims to develop new solutions that emerge from the present necessities. S.O.S. waterfront aims to enhance the research carried on in the field of urban waterfronts to face the future challenges in managing, adapting and mitigating the effect brought by the increasing number of disasters, and to produce and disseminate solutions that enhance resilience. The research network will build up trans-national collaborative events with local municipalities to produce results. Through interdisciplinary and international research case studies and dissemination of knowledge covered by different cultures, sciences and communities in each location, the research network will reinforce the dynamic partnerships, increase the quality and technologic innovations of the research, and design tools to face the growing costs imposed by disasters. The organization of data of comparative cases and algorithms will be used to provide future scenarios thus reinforcing the centre of the S.O.S. waterfront research project. The results will be also disseminated through exhibition, publications, media and digital platforms to reach wider audiences, local and global.

The workshop that will be conducted within the activities of SOS WATERFRONT CLIMATE CHANGE project in Stockholm from May 21 – June 19, 2022 will bring together an interdisciplinary team that integrate permanent staff, scholars and researchers cooperating with the scientific committee. Through the interdisciplinary interactive approach, the S.O.S. Climate Waterfront team aspire to fill the gap in the understanding of how the different scales of urban and landscape planning, architectural design and technology are linked in water-related strategies. Also, how they impact each other in the definition of preventive action plans and in the enhancement of more conscious solutions to inform the community, human welfare and socio-economic activities along those vulnerable territorial settings of the waterfront.

To engage the present debate, the scientific committee in Stockholm invites external consultants
and professionals from partner institutions to integrate the research group participating in the
workshop. Each workshop addresses one specific waterfront location. A transnational
multidisciplinary perspective contributes for the necessary integration of the local waterfront
urban environment. The cooperation with experts coming from international partner
institutions provides the opportunity to develop a set of local proposals. During the event
participants exchange views, gain new perspectives on the researched topic, discuss new
approaches of resilience and have the opportunity to test their methods in an international

Please find the abstract of the project but more information area available on the SOS WATERFRONT CLIMATE CHANGE project site.


Image credit: Lennart Johansson, City of Stockholm