New report finds human-caused climate change increased severity of 2013 heat waves in Asia, Europe and Australia

A report: Explaining extreme events of 2013, released on September 29, 2014 investigates the causes of a wide variety of extreme weather and climate events from around the world in 2013. Published by the Bulletin…

Bad weather in Milan on Tuesday 8th July. Another story of mismanagement between the City Region administrations and good practices from the local bus services operator ATM

Milano knees to the flooding of the Seveso, lasting nearly nine hours, with the area north of the city flooded, 2,000 users without electricity for most of the day (in the evening were still 150),…

MOWE-IT at the Transport Research Arena (TRA)!

On 14 – 17 April, the 5th edition of the Transport Research Arena (TRA) took place in Paris, la Defense, with over 10,000 international participants and high-level speakers from business and academia presenting state-of-the-art transport…

What Are the Consequences of Flood Insurance Schemes?

Floods are among the most dangerous, widespread and costly consequences of extreme weather events, deeply impacting both buildings and transport systems. An article by “The Economist” proposes a critic view on how flood insurance schemes…

Disaster management in Italy – Interview with Francesco Santoianni

Francesco Santoianni is an expert in disaster management, author of several books on the subject, and editor of the website www.disastermanagement.it. How would you define disaster management? And how do you a professional in the…

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St Jude Storm: Disruptions to the Dutch Transport Network

At the end of October 2013, St. Jude storm battered the UK, France and the Netherlands, where it was defined as the worst storm since 1990, with hurricane force winds measured by force 12. The storm killed at least two people, while over 25 were…

Winter Storm Hercules Shows its Strength in the US and the UK

The first days of January 2014 saw winter storm Hercules hitting the East Coast of the United States, bringing record freeze to New York, D.C. and Boston. With temperatures plunging down to -25C, the ferocious weather killed at least 16 victims in the US, leaving…

Italian Civil Protection Agency lags behind in the use of social media for emergency management

While deadly storms and floods are affecting the Italian Region of Sardinia causing dozen of victims, the local community reacts giving its own contribution to help people in emergency. On one hand, there is the official way to manage the critical situation, namely the emergency…

UK Transport in Chaos for St Jude’s Day Storm

On 28 October, St Jude storm hit England and Wales with hurricane-force winds and rainfall. While moving on across mainland Europe, in the UK St Jude storm – named after St Jude, patron saint of desperate causes, whose feast day occur on 28 October –…

Bush Fires in Australia: Risk Reduction and Mitigation Strategies

by Professor Prem Chhetri, PhD (RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia) Bush fires are a natural part of the Australian environment. A bushfire in Australia is an uncontrolled, non-structural fire burning in a grass, scrub, bush, or forested area. Bush fires, also called wildfires, occur regularly, and…

Measures in Place to Control Floods in Bratislava (Slovakia)

Ladislav Szakallos, from the Ministry of Interior of Slovakia, crisis management department, explains the main measures in place.   After an intense rainfall in the Austrian and German part of the Danube River Basin, in June 2013 there has been a rapid increase of the…

Thailand’s Strategy to Face Extreme Weather Events. Interview with Dr. Sathaporn Opasanon, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand

Sathaporn is an Assistant Professor at the Department of International Business, Logistics and Transport, Thammasat Business School, Bangkok, Thailand. He recently attended the MOWE-IT workshops as part of the international expert panel and also served as a keynote speaker on mitigating the impact of severe…