Extreme Storm Surges at Open Coasts and Estuarine Areas
Risk Assessment and Mitigation under Climate Change Aspects
In the past, storm surges have frequently led to major damages along the German coastline. The expected climate change and associated increasing frequency of extreme storm surges may lead to larger storm surge hazards than have been observed in the past. Therefore, the German XtremRisK-Project aims to improve the understanding of extreme storm surge predictions, including the joint occurrence of extreme water level and sea states. It will also provide tools to exemplarily quantify the overall flood risk for an open coast (Sylt Island) and an estuarine area (Hamburg).
The project XtremRisk had launched in October 2008 and was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It brought together scientists from different German Universities (Braunschweig, Siegen, Hamburg) as well as from the Agency of Roads, Bridges and Water in Hamburg. The end-users of the prospective results for Hamburg (Hamburg Port Authority, Agency of Roads, Bridges and Water Hamburg) and the Island of Sylt (Schleswig-Holstein Agency for Coastal Defence, National Park and Marine Conservation) were also involved as cooperative partners.
The overall aim of the project is to improve understanding with respect to the uncertainties of storm surge predictions, the influences of morphological changes, and the joint effect of extreme water level and sea waves as well as to quantify the overall flood risk for an open coast and an estuarine area.
|Start of project||October 2008|
|Funded by||Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)|
|Operated by||Gehad Ujeyl|