beAWARE in “Days of Hydrology” in Rome

beAWARE in “Days of Hydrology” in Rome

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On the 20th of June, in Rome, it took place the conference ‘Days of Hydrology’, organized by the Italian Society of Hydrology. This conference is considered as one of the most important in Italy regarding the Hydrology and it involves the main experts in this branch, from researchers to public authorities and private professionals.

During the conference, one of the section was about new techniques to manage and reduce the risk from natural extreme events (in particular floods). Our distinctive partner AAWA had submitted an abstract for this session about beAWARE and the innovations carried by our project. The authors of this abstract were Michele Ferri, Daniele Norbiato, Giovanni Tomei, Francesca Lombardo, Francesco Zaffanella under the title ‘beAWARE: approccio innovativo per il supporto decisionale e la gestione integrata di eventi climatici estremi’, i.e. beAWARE innovative approach for decision support and integrate management of extreme weather events.

Additionally, our colleagues had the opportunity to make a short presentation and explain a poster about beAWARE giving a great occasion to increase the visibility of our project!

Stay tuned for more updates regarding beAWARE next days, and do not forget to check our latest newsletter here!

Second Newsletter is online!

Second Newsletter is online!

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The second issue of our newsletter is finally published online!

Check the latest technical development of the beAWARE project; get informed about the latest news on climate change and other updates regarding the project, including participation in conferences and upcoming events that our consortium partners are organizing!

To download the 2nd newsletter please click here

Stay tuned for the third issue that is about to be published next month!

Finland hot days

Finland hot days

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According to our distinguished partner, the Finish Meteorological Institute, in Finland “hot days” are defined when the temperature goes above 25C. Normally, there are only a few hot days per year.  This year, however, there have already been more than average and we’re only in May!

The record May temperature for Finland is 31C. This year’s maximum so far is 29.6C.

The main heatwave of hot days lasted 7 days, although all of May has been warm, sunny and dry – to the point that there is already a fire risk across most of Finland.

Heatwave in Finland sends May temperatures over 30C

Heatwave in Finland sends May temperatures over 30C

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Finland is experiencing an unusual rise of temperature higher than the normal level for this time of the year. Our partner, the Finish Meteorological Institute (FMI) has issued a warning for forest fire due to the dry terrain and temperatures that in some part of the country will exceed the 30C, a temperature far above normal compared to statistics between 1961 and 1990.

beAWARE system, except being present in this heatwave for its 4th Plenary meeting, will provide all the necessary tools for early warning and more efficient measures to tackle with this phenomena.

Source: FMI

Almost all European countries have their climate change vulnerability and risk assessment plans ready, according to EES report.

Almost all European countries have their climate change vulnerability and risk assessment plans ready, according to EES report.

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Almost all European countries have performed climate change vulnerability and risk assessment plans in order to be ready to confront the consequences coming from climate change, according to a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Performing the study upon 33 EEA member countries (including the 28 European Union Member States), the report examined the evaluation the risks from climate change, and how the European national policies have used this information in developing adaptation policies to address these risks.

The report outlines that “adaptation is key to ensure that the EU as a whole is better prepared to handle the impacts of heat waves, floods, droughts and storm”. The report also proposes that “continued engagement with key stakeholders in sectors vulnerable to climate change is essential for improving assessment results and their uptake in adaptation policies”.

beAWARE project is developing a platform and tools to assess these risks, assist the public authorities on the confrontation of the threats coming from climate-related hazards, and create the ground for the engagement of relevant stakeholder at a European level.

Extreme weather phenomena are becoming more and more frequent, a new study by EASAC reveals.

Extreme weather phenomena are becoming more and more frequent, a new study by EASAC reveals.

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New data show that extreme weather events have become more frequent over the past 36 years. The study conducted by the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council, which is made up of the 27 national science academies in the European Union, Norway, and Switzerland, examined trends in extreme weather within Europe with a significant uptick in floods and other hydrological events compared with a similar study published five years ago.

The study found that hydrological events, such as floods and landslides, have quadrupled worldwide since 1980 and have doubled since 2004. It also found that climatological events, such as extreme temperatures, droughts, and forest fires, have more than doubled since 1980. And it found that meteorological events, such as storms, have doubled since 1980, the council said in a statement.

https://easac.eu/publications/details/extreme-weather-events-in-europe/

Professor Michael Norton, EASAC’s Environment Programme Director states: “there has been and continues to be a significant increase in the frequency of extreme weather events, making climate proofing all the more urgent. Adaptation and mitigation must remain the cornerstones of tackling climate change. This update is most timely since the European Commission is due to release its evaluation of its climate strategy this year.”

It becomes evident of the necessity the European member states will require from holistic approaches and all-inclusive platforms that will assist the authorities into tackling the more and more frequent extreme weather events, similar to the one beAWARE project is currently developing.

Source: Boston Globe, EASAC