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Seeing climate change as a new opportunity is the challenge that Highlander has taken on. The Highlander project strives for a smarter management of lands, studying new sectors enabled by emerging technologies interested in reducing risks on human health, agriculture and livestock production. Through the use of High Performance Computing, the Highlander project aims to reduce risks associated with climate change by processing data and obtaining accurate climate forecasts, achieving the goal of having a more intelligent, sustainable management of natural resources and of the territory. 

Thanks to data processing, Highlander will be fully exploiting new technologies to generate, manage, host and distribute organised sets of data, integrating with already existing geospatial and non-geospatial datasets. Designing and implementing a continuously updated new generation multi-thematic framework of highly detailed and harmonised data, indicators and tools ranging from remote and in-situ monitoring, analytical tools and numerical models to machine learning algorithms.

The data processing activity will ensure new and already existing datasets are accessible to multiple users as well as HPC-based tools and services, and the long-term functionality of the created services, thanks to the involvement of real users during the project. This will facilitate the flow of information itself into decisions, strategies and plans on different interacting scales and sectors.


The foreseen services are:

  • a National Open Data Portal on climate and climate-related hazards.

  • a set of illustrative “downstream applications”, aimed mainly at increasing the users’ awareness about the great potential of the information provided as well as their capacity to further elaborate and use the data;

  • implementation of a chain of operations that directly generate the user-required information through a user-customized package.

The consortium of partners will define open data policies for the gathered or newly-generated data in order to define a national regulation and their re-use.

Moreover, this Portal will be integrated into the European Data Portal to achieve a highest level of visibility through a pan-European synergy.




      ART-ER Attractiveness Research Territory

      DEDAGROUP Public Services S.r.l.

      Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione Ambientale del Piemonte

      Agenzia Regionale per la Prevenzione, l'Ambiente e l'Energia dell'Emilia-Romagna (Arpae Emilia-Romagna)

      Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici

      Università degli Studi della Tuscia

      Fondazione Edmund Mach




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Co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility Programme of the European Union Grant agreement n° INEA/CEF/ICT/A2018/1815462