Climate change is beginning to be measurable and, no matter what we do to mitigate it, an increase in global temperature by 2°C to 4°C within this century is no longer avoidable.
The consequences will be more extreme events such as hot and dry summers, heavy winter storms, storm surges, floods and landslides. The need for adaptation to these events is recognised, but the magnitudes and consequences of these changes in the weather system are not yet well understood.
The WEATHER project aims at analysing the economic costs of climate change for transport systems in Europe and explores ways to reduce these in the context of sustainable policy design.
The research, which is being funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the EC, is being carried out by an international team of eight European institutes, led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI).
The project work highlights the need for better information and communication platforms to develop crises prevention strategies prior to the occurrence of disasters.Our forecasts further highlight the high sensitivity of rail services and infrastructures to changes in future weather patterns.
The project thus explicitly supports the establishment of Railmet on the European scale.
Dr. Claus Doll