Project Description


weatherThe 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 worldwide 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, as well as 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 lasts 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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*Funded by the European Commission

  • Identify the vulnerable elements of the transport sector and the specificities of each mode with respect to extreme weather events.
  • Identify appropriate and efficient adaptation strategies for transportation infrastructures and services to ease the impacts of extreme Work out efficient and innovative mechanisms of managing disastrous events with particular emphasis on maintaining the service function of transport networks in an intermodal context.

  • Analysis of costs of extreme weather events on transport system (freight intermodal transport)
  • Organization of Workshops

  • ISIS
  • Fraunhofer Society
  • Universität Karlsruhe
  • Herry Consult GhmH
  • PANTEIA Transport research and training (NL)