The EU Rainman Project – Integrated Heavy Rain Risk Management was launched under the EU Interreg Central Europe Programme in mid-2017, with the aim of establishing joint tools for the management of heavy rain risks. Heavy rain events have been recognised as one of the key water management issues, with flood risks becoming more frequent, both due to the construction of urban areas and infrastructure that doesn’t comply with integrated water management and due to the growing climate change impacts.
The Project has addressed the issue of pluvial floods in a number of specific pilot areas with highly diverse patterns of short-lasting heavy rain events and different levels of built-up land. Areas in Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic and Croatia (the City of Zagreb and the Umaški potok basin) were chosen. The Project resulted in new tools and methods for risk assessment, mapping and reduction, forecasting and warning tools, and a proposal of improvement measures. In the form of a web application, the RainmanToolbox is of great help not only to individuals in strengthening their resilience to floods, but also to local and regional governments in assessing and mapping heavy rain flood risks and in the planning, communication and raising public awareness about the potential risks and their mitigation measures.
More information available at: https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/RAINMAN.html