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An assessment of weather-related risks in Europe - Maps of flood and drought risks: interim report for ADAM FP6 integrated project

Funded under: FP7-JRC

Abstract

This technical report describes the adopted methodology and the outputs produced during the first 18 months of life of the "ADAM" project. ADAM (Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies: Supporting European Climate Policy) is an Integrated Project financed under thematic priority "Global Change and Ecosystems" of the 6th framework programme. The task 'A2.1 - An assessment of weather-related risks in Europe' has the following main objective: "Quantify and map weather-related extreme-event risks to public and private capital assets, human lives, and agriculture/forestry/tourism, and identify high-risk areas ("hot spots") on which to focus more detailed analysis." The key innovative aspects of the work herein presented are manifold: - the quantification of the probabilistic monetary impact of extreme events; - the combined use of modelling techniques and of observed data to supply the lack of information at the various scales of relevance of the study; - the estimation of uncertainty arising from limitations in data availability and modelling assumptions; - the geographical scale (continental) of the exercise. The key outputs of task A2.1 are digital maps of risks from natural extremes at European scale identifying monetary/economic losses. The maps are furnished as input to other tasks of package A2 for successive modelling exercises and analysis. As defined in the project work-plan, task A2.1 has duration of 24 months. The 18-month deliverables are maps of flood and drought risks. The report focuses on inland river flood damage to properties and infrastructures and on climatic stresses (drought and heat waves) in agriculture. Population exposure has only been addressed in a partial study and it's therefore not included in the final monetary losses assessment.

Additional information

Authors: GENOVESE E, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);LUGERI N, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);LAVALLE C, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);BARREDO J L, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);BINDI M, DISAT - University of Florence, Florence (IT);MORIONDO M, DISAT - University of Florence, Florence (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23208 EN (2007), 116 pp. Free of charge
Availability: http://bookshop.europa.eu/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/EU-Bookshop-Site/en_GB/-/EUR/ViewPublication-Start?PublicationKey=LBNA23208 (Catalogue Number: LB-NA-23208-EN-C)
Record Number: 200910036 / Last updated on: 2008-11-20
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en