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Research project

WIND RISK - Wind Risk Prevention

Project duration: 01/2015 to 12/2016

WIND RISK is a project within the framework programme of the European Commission. The main goal is to assess wind related risks both locally and cross-country and investigate the possible impact of climate change on frequency and speed of wind. The assessment concentrates on five action fields: population, infrastructure, transport, buildings and forest management. Universities and municipalities from Slovenia, Croatia and Germany cooperate in WIND RISK. In order to address the issues of climate change adaptation and natural disaster awareness, areas with different significant wind related risks were chosen as case study areas. In each case study area different wind phenomena are analyzed and assessed. Within the project special guidelines for public awareness raising, regulations for transit, improvement of buildings and infrastructure as well as for forest management will be prepared. Also a new high frequency wind measurement system will be used and tested as an alarm system.

The WIND RISK project on the one hand aims at raising awareness and on the other contributes to strengthening local disaster risk management capabilities.

Raising awareness:

  • Among the population living in the risk area
  • Improved information system
  • Promoting participation of people in wind risk management
  • Promoting connection between the economic, social and political level in disaster risk management.

Strengthening local disaster risk management capabilities:

  • Improved forest management strategy
  • Improved traffic control strategy
  • Updated wind related building requirements

One key factor for accomplishing the main objectives is the involvement of all stakeholders and all levels in the WIND RISK project, including public and private organizations at local, regional and national level. Coordinating these stakeholders ensures that any information gathered is as relevant as possible and takes local knowledge into account. Existing conceptual and technical know-how is important and each individual contribution to implementation as well. Particularly important is the local community which provides its knowledge of environment, territory and urban structure.

In this regard WIND RISK is based on four basic criteria:

  • Sustainability in terms of organization, administration and financing.
  • Transparency of decision-making and of the undertaking public and private funds and technical support.
  • Efficiency of municipal performance concerning implementation of the planned wind risk management measures.
  • Relevance of the project activities for the security of the population and the social and economic development of the concerned areas.




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The TU Dort­mund campus is located near the Dort­mund West interchange, where the A45 Sauerland line crosses the B1/A40 Ruhr expressway. The Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dort­mund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. Coming from the A45, you can turn onto Stockumer Straße via Universitätsstraße. This in turn is connected to Baroper Straße, along which Campus South extends. If you take the exit of the A-40, the route via Emil-Figge Straße, Marie-Curie Allee to Baroper Straße makes sense. If you turn from Baroper Straße into August-Schmidt Straße, you have the possibility to reach the parking lot directly behind the GB III.

The South Campus is connected via Stockumerstraße by bus lines 440 and 449, which run every 10 minutes. Campus South can be reached on foot from the Am Gardenkamp stop, and the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station is also located near the Eichlinghofen stop. The bus lines connect to the U42 light rail line at the Barop Parkhaus stop, which provides connections to the Dort­mund-Hombruch district and Dort­mund downtown. 

From Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen, the South Campus is connected to the H-Bahn network via the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station. Line 1 runs here every 10 minutes, and the South Campus is served by the Campus Süd stop. 
A connection to Campus North is also provided via the H-Bahn. Line 2 shuttles between Campus North and Campus South every 5 minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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