During the period of 9th to 11th of September 2015. Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture in Split hosted second meeting of “WIND RISK Prevention” project. Project is co funded by the European Commision Civil Protection Financial Instrument (ECHO), it’s aggregate value is 400.00o,00€ of which 75% funded by the European Commision. Expected duration is two years, starting from 1st of January 2015.
“WIND RISK Prevention” is conducted by 4 partners coming from 3 different countries – 2 partners originate from Slovenia, and the others from Germany and Croatia. Project coordinator is University of Ljubljana and the partners are municipality of Ajdovščina, Technical university of Dortmund and University of Split, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture in Split.
The goal of the project is to achieve reduction and prevention of the consequences of extremely strong winds on the population, infrastructure, transport, buildings and nature, by using scientific methods and advance technologies. The importance of this project is particularly visible in the light of climate changes and increasingly frequent extreme natural phenomena that occur in our environment as well, such as the extremely strong winds, storms and leeches that leave behind significant material damage, and unfortunately sometimes result in the loss of human lives.
The project will establish a system to accurately measure the wind in three dimensions using high frequency ultrasonic sensors. Compared with the traditional measuring where average wind speed is measured in 10 minute intervals, this sensors will be able to give better measuring results for the gusts of wind that pose a risk and cause damage.
Planned activities of the project include detailed risk assessment and threat of high winds assessment. Risk assessment refers to the likelihood of high wind speed and power in the areas of partner institutions in the light of the expected climate change. Wind vulnerability refers to the possibility that this wind has caused damage to infrastructure, buildings, forests, local people or endangers traffic. After that it will be possible to make recommendations for improvement of the existing and adoption of new measures to prevent the risk of wind.