Joint project "HoWas2021" takes up work
In the summer of 2021, long periods of heavy rainfall literally submerged large parts of Germany. This was accompanied by damage to countless houses, roads, nature and, unfortunately, life and limb. In order to be able to particularly protect people from a renewed flood threat, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is now funding the joint project "HoWas2021 - Governance und Kommunikation im Krisenfall des Hochwasserereignisses im Juli 2021" with 1.5 million euros over the next 18 months. The project is led by JARA-ENERGY scientist Prof. Holger Schüttrumpf. The aim is to improve risk prediction, crisis communication and disaster management in extreme weather situations in cooperation with stakeholders from organizations.
In addition to RWTH, the Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Siegen, the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, the University of Potsdam, the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK), the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), the German Weather Service, the North Rhine-Westphalia State Office for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection (LANUV), the Eifel-Rur Water Board and Emschergenossenschaft/Lippeverband are involved.