Project facts

Duration: 2019-06-01 - 2022-11-30
Project coordinator: Dr. Angelos Amditis, Institute of Communication & Computer Systems (ICCS)
Project consortium: Ilmatieteen Laitos; Resilience Guard Gmbh; Oslomet - Storbyuniversitetet; National Technical University Of Athens - Ntua; Risa Sicherheitsanalysen Gmbh; Universita Degli Studi Di Padova; Universidad De Granada; Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis; Cy.R.I.C Cyprus Research And Innovation Center Ltd; Universita Iuav Di Venezia; Vestfold Og Telemark Fylkeskommune; Comune Di Venezia; Dimos Rodou; Ephorate Of Antiquities Of The Dodecanese - Eforeia Apchaiotiton Dodekanisoy; Ayuntamiento De Granada; Diapolitismiko Evro Mesogiakocentro Gia Tin Unesco; Red Spa.
Funding bodies: H2020-EU.3.5.6. - Cultural heritage H2020-EU. - Assess impacts, vulnerabilities and develop innovative cost-effective adaptation and risk prevention and management measures
Subject areas: Archaeology, Built Heritage, Climate Change, Community involvement, Conservation, Heritage Management, History, Materials, Methods - Procedures, Monitoring, Monuments - Sites, Preventive conservation, Restoration, Sustainability, Tangible Heritage, Technologies - Scientific processes, Threats
Contact: Dr Angelos Amditis, HYPERION Project Coordinator (ICCS),
Budget: € 677 812.50


The HYPERION EU project aims to provide the appropriate tools in order to better understand the effects of climate change, ravages of time, intense geological phenomena and accidental, extreme weather conditions on archaeological sites and cultural heritage monuments.

HYPERION leverages existing novel tools, services and technologies and delivers a brand-new, integrated, resilience assessment platform that will serve as an innovative open-source planning tool.

HYPERION adds on existing tools, by utilizing sensors, including fixed instruments within carefully selected spots in the historic areas, vehicle-based drones, wide-area surveillance services (e.g. Galileo, Copernicus) and even community engagement tools, to arrive at a more comprehensive and synoptic monitoring and emergency response/damage mapping system.

The HYPERION platform includes innovative modelling techniques and advanced machine learning algorithms that maximize the performance and the rapidity of the decision-making process for addressing multi-hazard risk understanding, better preparedness, faster, adapted and efficient response, and sustainable reconstruction of historic areas.

Thus, by using the HYPERION platform, end users will be able to have a better understanding of the dangers and threats to tangible cultural heritage, make decisions for a swifter and more effective response, and contribute to the sustainable reorganisation of the historical regions under threat.

HYPERION addresses policy makers, cultural institutions, municipalities, public authorities, responsible for the management and preservation of national and local tangible cultural heritage assets as well as policy makers, researchers, archaeologists, conservators and other professionals with a key role in conservation-restoration and in safeguarding cultural heritage.

Read the project leaflet here.

Impacts & Results

  • Multi-hazard risk understanding
  • Better preparedness
  • Faster, adapted, efficient response
  • Sustainable reconstruction
  • Quantitative impact assessment

HYPERION aims to introduce a research framework for downscaling the created climate and atmospheric composition as well as associated risk maps down to the 1x1 km (historic area) scale, and specific damage functions for Cultural Heritage (CH) materials. Applying atmospheric modelling for specific Climate Change (CC) scenarios at such refined spatial and time scales allows for an accurate quantitative and qualitative impact assessment of the estimated micro-climatic and atmospheric stressors. HYPERION will perform combined hygrothermal and structural/geotechnical analysis of the CH sites (indoor climate, HVAC, related strains and stresses, etc.) and damage assessment under normal and changed conditions, based on the climatic zone, the micro-climate conditions, the petrographic and textural features of building materials, historic data for the structures, the effect of previous restoration processes and the environmental/physical characteristics of the surrounding environment. The data coming from the integrated monitoring system will be coupled with simulated data (under our holistic resilience assessment platform-HRAP) and will be further analysed through our data management system, while supporting communities’ participation and public awareness. The data from the monitoring system will feed the DSS so as to provide proper adaptation and mitigation strategies, and support sustainable reconstruction plans for the CH damages. The produced vulnerability map will be used by the local authorities to assess the threats of CC (and other natural hazards), visualize the built heritage and cultural landscape under future climate scenarios, model the effects of different adaptation strategies, and ultimately prioritize any rehabilitation actions to best allocate funds in both pre- and post-event environments. The project outcomes will be demonstrated to four European historic areas in Norway, Spain, Italy and Greece (representing different climatic zones).