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Natural hazards: an incalculable risk for road and rail?

PARAmount provides information and data on dealing with natural catastrophes.

PARAmount provides information and data on dealing with natural catastrophes. © Oswald Baumeister / Gesellschaft für ökologische Forschung

Time and time again avalanches, debris-flows and rock falls result in roads being blocked and railway tracks being swept away, causing fatalities. The Alpine Space Project PARAmount is looking to bridge the gap between society's demands on transportation routes and the outline conditions defined by nature.
That is why, since 2009, data is being collected in five pilot regions and the input of experts is being sought. The results are to be discussed at regional workshops, one was hold in December 2010 and one is to be held in January 2011.
The aim of the project is to provide the basis for better decision-making. Indeed, when it comes to risk management, the authorities concerned are confronted with the same problems. Often they have too little information on the relevant natural hazards and the likelihood of their occurrence. The same goes for the anticipated damage.
For the dates of the workshops and more information on the project: www.paramount-project.eu