The objective of the EWENT project is to
assess the impacts and consequences of extreme weather events on EU transport
system. These impacts will be monetised. EWENT will also evaluate the
efficiency, applicability and finance needs for adoption and mitigation measures
which will dampen and reduce the costs of weather impacts. The methodological
approach is based on generic risk management framework that follows a
standardised process from identification of hazardous phenomena (extreme
weather), followed by impact assessment and closed by mitigation and risk
EWENT will start this by identifying the hazardous phenomena, their probability and consequences and proceed to assessing the expected economic losses caused by extreme weather when it impacts the European transport system, taking also into account the present and expected future quality of weather forecasting and warning services within Europe.
The project-specific objectives of EWENT are the following and they are studied accordingly step-by-step:
The EWENT project includes 8 work Packages (WP). Figure 1 presents the EWENT assessment process and the Work Packages within.
Figure 1. EWENT research strategy according to IEC standard on risk management process.
EWENT will cover most transport modes but as an interesting add-in it will include light traffic as one mode. The transport system is viewed from three perspectives:
infrastructure; these are direct material damages or deterioration of physical infrastructures
operations; these are harmful impacts on traffic safety and transport reliability (both freight and passenger)
indirect impacts to third parties, e.g. supply chain customers and industrial actors.
These views also
adopt different time horizons, i.e. some risks are dealt with on day-to-day
basis (how to prepare for and eliminate sudden extreme weather with short term
measures) and some are strategic in nature (how to prepare on the long-term to
face extreme phenomena, by e.g. changing the standards of transport
infrastructure). An organisational and institutional view is taken when risk
management can be dealt at local, national and pan-European levels