It is possible to both predict and mitigate disruptions in the transportation of people and goods
EU has launched a research project which studies the effects of extreme
weather events on the safety and reliability of traffic systems. The EWENT
project, which is coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland,
will also estimate the cost effects of weather-related disruptions. The
project is motivated by the concern over the increase in extreme weather
events caused by climate change.
The EWENT project supports ways of mitigating the effects of extreme weather
events on the transport of people and goods. The study will focus on the
safety and reliability of air, ground and water transport as well as on the
cost effects of traffic disruptions.
The project will
identify dangerous extreme weather events and estimate their probability and
effects. It will also estimate the cost effects of traffic disruptions, such
as costs associated with human casualties, material damages and discontinued
“A lot of information exists about the effects
of weather events, but this is the first project which intends to estimate
their cost effects methodically,” says EWENT Coordinator Pekka Leviäkangas
The main purpose of the project is to support
adaptation to climate change. In addition to the authorities, the project
results may be useful for businesses, project financers and insurers. The
results can be leveraged in various ways, such as in creating sizing criteria
of infrastructures, pointing out needs for enhanced maintenance capabilities,
development of cooperation between authorities and preparedness for
exceptional conditions. The pre-engineering of co-European and national risk
management methods and processes is one of the project’s key tasks.
project will be carried out between 2010 and 2012. The total project budget is
approximately 2 million euros.
The participants of the EWENT
project coordinated by VTT are: German Aerospace Center (Germany), Institute
of Transport Economics (Norway), Foreca Consulting Ltd (Finland), Finnish
Meteorological Institute (Finland), Meteorological Service in Cyprus (Cyprus),
Österreichische Wasserstrassen GmbH (Austria), European Severe Storms
Laboratory (Germany) and World Meteorological Organisation (UN).
Consultative Board of the project consists of representatives from the Finnish
Ministry of Transport and Communications, the European Investment Bank, OECD,
insurance company Allianz and the Polytechnic University of Turin.