Modeling
Cities: surviving floods and significant whims of the weather Cities: surviving floods and significant whims of the weather

The frequency and severity of the latest extreme weather events in Europe has sent out a strong alarm signal, urging both local authorities and scientists to act.

September 2016
Bracing for summer thunderstorms Bracing for summer thunderstorms

Railways and public transport systems are particularly vulnerable to thunderstorms. But early warning remains a challenge, which makes it hard for operators to take adequate measures

June 2016
The cost of blackouts in Europe The cost of blackouts in Europe

Assessing the social and economic impact of power outages caused by extreme weather helps decision makers and grid operators in Europe take adequate measures to ensure future power supply

April 2016
Climate change and extreme weather events: is Europe ready? Climate change and extreme weather events: is Europe ready?

The damage and threats caused by extreme weather events have become more varied in different regions across Europe and worldwide in recent years. 

March 2016
The sun is shining… Let’s prepare for severe weather! The sun is shining… Let’s prepare for severe weather!

To mitigate the effects of extreme weather events adequate warning systems and preparation are important

December 2015
Italy, Vajont “tsunami” and Malborghetto-Valbruna floods: such different lessons from the past Italy, Vajont “tsunami” and Malborghetto-Valbruna floods: such different lessons from the past

More and more frequent extreme weather events lead to new projects on risk management and spatial planning. Past experiences represent an added value and suggest the importance of greater involvement of local communities

July 2015
Preventing a Fukushima disaster in Europe Preventing a Fukushima disaster in Europe

Improved safety management and further collaboration between experts are required to minimise the risk of flooding at coastal nuclear plants in Europe

April 2015
Forecasting pollen in the atmosphere Forecasting pollen in the atmosphere

People suffering from pollen allergy may benefit from efforts to model pollen levels across Europe. But actual observations and personalised data are also essential.

June 2014
Forecasting desert storms to empower solar panels Forecasting desert storms to empower solar panels

Solar energy is ever more becoming an important source of renewable power generation. A serious problem for the productivity of solar power plants is desert dust: it obscures the sun and makes the mirrors dirty. 

May 2014
Global solar radiation map Global solar radiation map

A new service is making high-resolution data of direct sunlight publicly available for users such as planners of large solar power systems 

February 2014
Frédéric Chevallier and Olivier Boucher - Greenhouse gases and aerosols forecasters Frédéric Chevallier and Olivier Boucher - Greenhouse gases and aerosols forecasters

Global simulation models taking into account the varied sources of emission and behaviour of principal air pollutants are now available to climate, weather and pollution forecasting scientists

February 2014
Touch, feel, see and hear the data Touch, feel, see and hear the data

It is now possible to sense scientific data as a means to deal with the mountains of information we face in our environment by applying subconscious processing to big data analysis

February 2014
Air quality models: new health prevention tools Air quality models: new health prevention tools

As the link between air pollution and several illnesses has been established, air quality forecast will play an increasing role in mitigating health risk.  

November 2013
To be or not to be green To be or not to be green

Finding out the big picture on environmental health is a challenge that can be met, thanks to a new integrated tool, as long as input data is reliable

September 2013
Juggling with multiple risks Juggling with multiple risks

Scientists are developing methods and tools that look at multiple natural hazards and how they interact to be in a better position to deal with their consequences

September 2013
Antonio Bombelli: Africa’s carbon cycle under scrutiny Antonio Bombelli: Africa’s carbon cycle under scrutiny

Estimating the contribution of greenhouse gases from Africa is key in ensuring our picture of global warming is accurate. But this would require constant monitoring that has not been sustained.

August 2013
Jorge Marx Gómez: Putting environmental performance into practice Jorge Marx Gómez: Putting environmental performance into practice

A network solution enables business users to share environmental information across supply chains, albeit at the cost of considerable effort to gather it all into a single information space.

July 2013
Marco Borga: Flash floods predictions, subject to models’ limitations Marco Borga: Flash floods predictions, subject to models’ limitations

Preparing for extreme weather events that cannot precisely be anticipated, such as flash floods, is a challenge that can be addressed. But the predictions are only as good as the models used.

June 2013
Solving the climate change vulnerabilities jigsaw Solving the climate change vulnerabilities jigsaw

A new tool to assess the interdependency between climate change and socio-economic factors is now available, mainly for professionals in these fields.

May 2013
Strong resistance to making people think green Strong resistance to making people think green

Most of us know we should live in a more environmentally sustainable way. But it does not happen because we do not really feel involved

May 2013
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