Of all hazards affecting Europe since 1970, the top 5 highest loss events were all winter windstorms. Since insurance companies in Europe are required by law to have enough capital to cover any events that happen every 200 years, modelling these windstorms is key. Here we explain one of the results of PRIMAVERA, related to insurance companies and winter windstorms.
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Up in northeastern Canada there’s a town with a wall-like structure that is 50 metres high, 1.3 kilometres long, and protects its citizens from the chilling winter winds. The town is Fermont, with a population of ~2500 people. And the “Mur-Écran” (as it is known by the Fermontois) is not solid like the wall in Game of Thrones.
Extreme weather events leave tremendous impacts on society. Just in 2021 the impact of extreme weather were enormous throughout the globe, as detailed by the World Meteorological Organization in its 2021 State of the Climate. High temperatures brought rain - rather than snow - to Greenland's ice for the first time. Canadian glaciers underwent rapid melting.
We've updated the AdapteCCa Climate Change Scenario Viewer with new functionalities!
A month ago, the final version of the Interactive Atlas of the IPCC was unveiled. Now that the dust has settled, we want to provide a peek into the technicalities behind its implementation. After all, we learnt some lessons after processing hundreds of TBs (with over 1.5 million hours of computing time) that we want to share with you. This will be a long post, so we have splitted it up into some sections, for those of you that are interested in some specific aspects:
An overview of all the possible climate futures—a click away. That’s what the Interactive Atlas of the Working Group I of the IPCC enables. And we’re proud to say that we have been part of the Atlas team, implementing its technical aspects. It wasn’t an easy task: the Atlas grants access to 27 datasets (including global and regional), 30 climate variables and derived indices, allowing comparison across different temporal ranges... It was a huge process that we developed in partnership with IFCA-CSIC, in the framework of PTI-Clima.