RAIN FINAL EVENT: Extreme Weather Events and Infrastructure: Assessing the Impacts, Mitigating the Consequences

The aim of the RAIN Final Event is to disseminate the significant achievements and results of the project. During the last three years, extreme weather events and their impacts upon land- based infrastructure in Europe have been analysed in depth with the final goal of mitigating the consequences.

Transport, energy and telecommunications infrastructure have been considered and risk mitigation strategies have been developed within a Risk-Based Decision Making Framework.

The outputs of RAIN aid decision making in the long term, securing new robust infrastructure development and protection of existing infrastructure against climate change and increasingly more unpredictable weather patterns.

The findings will be presented from alternative perspectives, including establishing thresholds for extreme weather events in the face of a changing climate, developing decision support tools for infrastructure owners and operators, crisis coordination and response planning based on recent cases, risk-based decision making, technical solutions for risk mitigation, and their implementation considering the current status of European infrastructural elements and networks.

Workshop date

Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:00 – 17:00


The presenters are research scientists, engineers and sociologists who have worked on the RAIN project. They will present, discuss and share the results of the project. At the end of the day an expert panel of stakeholders will discuss the outputs of the project in the context of the challenges which they, as owners and operators, face.

No fee

This workshop is organized as part of the RAIN project and as such no fee is required to participate.
Tea/coffee and lunch will be provided on the day. However places are limited so early registration is essential.

Venue and Transportation

The workshop is organized in Regent House in Trinity College Dublin, Green College, Dublin, Ireland.
Click here for directions.

Registration and more information

All presentations and discussions will be in English.
For registration and more information please contact Prof. Alan O’Connor: +353 1 896 1822

AGENDA Friday 24 March

Time table Topic Speaker
10.00 -10.15 Welcome and Introduction Alan O’Connor, coordinator of RAIN project (TCD)
10.15 -10.30 An overview of RAIN project Alan O’Connor, coordinator of RAIN project (TCD)
10.30 -11.00 Establishing and Modelling the Exceedance of Severe Weather Thresholds: Today and Considering Climate Change Pieter Groenemeijer
(European Severe Storms Laboratory)
11.00 -11.30 A Risk Assessment Tool for Assessing the Vulnerability of Electrical and Telecommunication Infrastructures to Extreme Weather Events Milenko Halat
(Aplicaciones en Informática Avanzada, S.L.)
11.30 -11.45 Coffee break
11.45 -12.15 Assessing Societal Vulnerability to the Failure of Critical Land Transport Infrastructure during Extreme Weather Events Maria Luskova & Michal Titko
(The University of Žilina)
12.15 -12.45 Decision Support Tools for Infrastructures’ Owners and Operators. Improving Resilience in the face of Extreme Weather Events Peter Prak (PSJ Project) &
Chiara Bianchizza (Istituto di Sociologia Internazionale di Gorizia)
12.45 -13.45 Lunch
13.45 -14.15 Application of a Risk-Based Decision Making Framework for Critical Infrastructure Exposed to Extreme Weather Events Julie Clarke
(Roughan & O’Donovan Innovative Solutions)
14.15 -14.45 Crisis Coordination and Response Planning under Extreme Weather Events. A Finnish Case Study Timo Hellenberg
(Hellenberg International)
14.45 -15.15 Technical Solutions for Risk Mitigation Kenneth Gavin
(TU Delft)
15.15 -15.30 Coffee break
15.30 -16.00 The National Road Network – Implementing a Strategy for Adapting to Extreme Weather Events and Climate Change – Current Status and Future Challenges Billy O’Keeffe
(Transport Infrastructure Ireland)
16.00 -17.00 Panel discussion and workshop closure