Extreme weather events and infrastructures: assessing the impacts, mitigating the consequences. RAIN final event

The RAIN final event on Extreme weather events and infrastructures: assessing the impacts, mitigating the consequencestook place at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) on 24th March 2017. It has drawn more than 60 participants, including members of governmental institutions, consultancies, research institutes, also from outside Dublin.

RAIN research on meteorology and climate modelling showed that climate change does actually increases probability of many hazards. This increase is most significant for certain hazards (such as river floods, wildfires, thunderstorm-related wind gust) and less evident or relatively uncertain for others (such as rainfall for what concerns at least the period until half century). Due to climate change also the probability of certain hazards could be likely to decrease or shifts geographical location (this is the case of snowfall).

Throughout RAIN project, a new climate modelling was developed, so to provide relevant inputs for the further tools that the project developed.

The main findings highlight the necessity for adaptability and for re-thinking, in a similar way, the risk mitigation strategies for infrastructures all across Europe, based on the very detailed climate modelling available for different hazards, their impact, and their potential consequences both on the functionality of systems and well-being of the population.

Please, download here all the presentations:

An overview of RAIN project  – Alan O’Connor, coordinator of RAIN project (TCD)

Establishing and Modelling the Exceedance of Severe Weather Thresholds: Today and Considering Climate ChangePieter Groenemeijer (European Severe Storms Laboratory)

A Risk Assessment Tool for Assessing the Vulnerability of Electrical and Telecommunication Infrastructures to Extreme Weather EventsXavier Clotet (Aplicaciones en Informática Avanzada, S.L.)

Assessing Societal Vulnerability to the Failure of Critical Land Transport Infrastructure during Extreme Weather Events  – Maria Luskova & Michal Titko (The University of Žilina)

Decision Support Tools for Infrastructures’ Owners and Operators. Improving Resilience in the face of Extreme Weather EventsPeter Prak (PSJ Project) & Chiara Bianchizza (Istituto di Sociologia Internazionale di Gorizia)

Application of a Risk-Based Decision Making Framework for Critical Infrastructure Exposed to Extreme Weather EventsJulie Clarke (Roughan & O’Donovan Innovative Solutions)

Crisis Coordination and Response Planning under Extreme Weather Events. A Finnish Case Study – Timo Hellenberg (Hellenberg International)

Technical Solutions for Risk MitigationKenneth Gavin (TU Delft)

The National Road Network – Implementing a Strategy for Adapting to Extreme Weather Events and Climate Change – Current Status and Future ChallengesBilly O’Keeffe (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) – INTACT Project