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Weather Extremes: Assessment of impacts on Transport Systems and Hazards for European Regions (WEATHER)
Start date: Nov 1, 2009, End date: Apr 30, 2012 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"The WEATHER project aims at adding to the current state of knowledge on the impacts of extreme weather events on economy and society in total and on European transport systems in particular. The project starts from the broad picture of climate scenarios and breaks them down to specific regions. Economic growth models are applied to study the impacts on economy and society and the inter-relations between transport and other sectors. The vulnerability of transport is assessed mode by mode including infrastructures, operations and intermodal issues. Best practices in emergency management are identified by studying the numerous damage cases world wide and options for adapting to more frequent and / or more extreme weather events are assessed. A particular focal point of the project is to quantify expected damage, emergency and adaptation costs and the benefits of improved emergency management and adaptation. Moreover, the project will identify policy options to implement the recommended measures and demonstrate the competitive potential and the innovation power of a European lead market for adaptation and emergency management technologies and policies. The toolbox of the project consists of literature review, targeted interviews, workshops, cost accounting models and case studies. The project will last for 27 months. The team consists of 8 leading transportation research institutes all having well founded experience in the core research fields of the WEATHER project."

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