Wind storm losses

Losses from wind-storms over Europe

A near real-time operational system
In this project we aim, together with partners at KNMI, CGI and Reading University, at developing a near real-time operational system to estimate losses from storm systems hitting Europe

Funded by the European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF), this project develops new climate services for the insurance and energy sector in Europe. It will become part of the Copernicus Climate Change Service implemented by ECMWF




Multistep appraoch

First, for individual storms the near-surface wind speed footprint is calculated (i.e the Hazard). The infrastructure’s exposure, based on OpenStreetMap, and vulnerability then, together with the storm’s footprint determine the total estimated losses.


Overview of the various steps for the loss estimations. Source: (Koks, Tiggeloven, et al., 2017)

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Dr. Dim Coumou

Department of Water & Climate Risk
Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)
VU Amsterdam
W&N-building, Room C-515
De Boelelaan 1087
1081 HV Amsterdam

Department of Earth System Analysis
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
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D-14473, Potsdam, Germany

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