The RISC-KIT storm impact database: A new tool in support of DRR

P Ciavola, Mitchell D Harley, M.C. den Heijer

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This paper presents a new storm impact database for European coastlines that facilitates the upload, browsing and download of a broad range of physical and impact information related to historical and recent marine storm events. The database is transparent in terms of open access to raw data and metadata, makes use of version control systems through the OpenEarth repository and promotes the use of international standards. A total of 298 storm events are currently stored in the database from the ten RISC-KIT case study sites, including historical events dating back to the sixteenth century. To demonstrate the application of the tool, examples of typical event data contained within the database as well as the ability of the database to identify impacts of events across regions are presented. It is envisaged that this database will expand beyond the ten case study sites, with the aim of promoting and greatly improving the collection and reporting of extreme hydro-meteorological events across Europe into the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-32
JournalCoastal Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Coastal storms
  • Database
  • Europe
  • Historical storminess
  • OpenEarth

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