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Del. T1.2.3: I-STORMS Sea Storm Atlas

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Del. T1.2.3: I-STORMS Sea Storm Atlas

October 11th, 2019|Activities, Library, News|

One of the main tools of the I-STORMS Project has been completed, i.e. the I-STORMS Sea Storm Atlas. The Atlas draws the map of risk characterisation of ADRION coasts, with the aim of identifying most vulnerable areas to focus on, thus strengthening common understanding of current challenges.

The Atlas is incorporated into the iws platform ( All information on coastal disaster due to sea storm events (historical and more recent) are organised and mapped in geospatial layers which constitute the Sea Storm Atlas. That series can be used to draw the map of risk characterisation of the coast with the aim of identifying the most vulnerable areas and supporting the planning of coastal area use and development.

Information has been organized and mapped in the Sea Storms Atlas according to the following criteria, in order to graphically present storm impacts and monitoring networks:

1) Larger parts of the coast have been split, according to geographical characteristics or by management; a code was associated with each stretch of coast in the Adriatic-Ionian basin and mapped on a interoperable WebGis.

2) Each partner/segment of coast is associated with a card that summarizes the main information on the existing Early Warning Systems and procedures:

  • Early Warning System (EWS) for coastal event due to sea storms (yes/no) and for which kind of hazard
  • Institutional forecasting service to predict sea state and sea level (yes/no)
  • Specific Civil Protection procedure to prevent and manage coastal disasters due to sea storms (yes/no)
  • Intervention procedures in case of coastal event due to sea storms (yes/no)
  • Risk sources
  • Network for marine measurement/observation (wave, sea level, tsunami) (yes/no)
  • A post-event monitoring system (yes/no)

3) For each partner/segment of coast the number of historical events per year is shown and if there is any related information, the impact of the event is also reported. Given the considerable difference in the details of the data collected by each partner relating to past occurrences, all additional information on the events is contained in specific in-depth information sheets