Project goals

The Wind Risk prevention project aims to improve the effectiveness of existing policies and financial instruments through guidelines for local-based disaster risk reduction actions and tools in instances of high wind and also taking into account the influences of climate change.
During the two year project an improved knowledge of high wind through accurate high frequency measurement will be the basis for creating guidelines for urban risk assessment and improved links between relevant actors and policies (prevention-preparedness-response-recovery). The cooperation of three EU countries will provide a cross-country exchange of good practices which could then be applied to other areas in the EU and broader with high wind risk exposure.
An automated system for alarming the local civil protection operators will be provided with a live online web-based streaming of accurate wind measurements in four different locations, one in each participating city, in three countries.
Special guidelines for raising public awareness, regulations for transit both on land and in the harbour, improvement of existing and new building and infrastructure as well as for forest management.
Preliminary socio-economic analysis of the cost of civil protection and damage repair compared with local financial endorsement for safer/risk free building will be given.
The findings and guidelines will be presented at different national and transnational conferences.
The main reason for the necessity of the project is to improve the understanding of high wind and wind gusts, to improve the awareness of wind risk and to improve the preparedness of national and civil protection, especially with regards to higher erratic winds due to the ongoing climate change.
Preliminary high frequency wind measurements have shown that winds reach higher speed than expected in the Ajdovščina area which indicates, that all assumptions need to be reassessed and that the effects of climate change are already visible.