As the Knowledge Centre of the European Commission that serves to support EU Member States in responding to emergencies and preventing and reducing the impact of natural and man-made disasters, the Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC) provides a networked approach to the science-policy interface in the field of DRM, across the Commission, EU Member States, and relevant bodies within and beyond the EU.

 The DRMKC, which is supported and coordinated by a number of Commission Services, including the Joint Research Centre (JRC), in partnership with a key network of Member States, addresses EU policy priorities such as humanitarian aid and civil protection, climate action, sustainable development, and the European neighbourhood policy (ENP) among others.

 The DRMKC Newsletter is a quarterly publication that supports the DRMKC key aims of strengthening networks and partnerships, promoting better use of available research and knowledge, and advancing technologies and capacities in DRM, by providing a regular synopsis of the latest policy-related evidence from relevant scientific activities and initiatives, carried out by the Commission and other international organisations.

 Amongst the news articles featured in this, the 18th issue of the DRMKC Newsletter, are reports about a recent high level workshop organised by the Commission, on science advice for climate change adaptation, and two recent high-profile studies (both with JRC participation) on climate change risks and impacts: one on the likely increase in “compound flooding” in Europe’s coastal areas, the other on challenges posed by increased water scarcity for EU energy and water policies.

 As well as climate change, this issue of the DRMKC Newsletter also features recent scientific developments related to disaster risk management and reduction of other natural and man-made hazards of major significance in Europe and globally. Examples are the reports on analysis of recent population changes close to active volcanoes, seismic risk mapping, improving the seismic safety and energy performance of buildings, and support for the protection of public spaces from malicious attacks.

 Regarding climate change - as is mentioned in the first report in this Newsletter, this is a priority for the new European Commission, as evidenced by the proposed “European Green Deal”, which aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, and the fact that adaptation to climate change is one of the five mission areas of the EU’s planned €100 billion research and innovation programme for 2021-2027.

 We wish you an informative and enjoyable read of this latest issue of the DRMKC Newsletter!

 The DRMKC Newsletter Editorial Team

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