Research Area:
Environmental Risks in Urban and Regional Development

RAINMAN - Integrated Heavy Rain Risk Management

RAINMAN Practitioner Workshop

The first RAINMAN Practitioner Workshop on "Local Flooding through Heavy Rain - Approaches to Documenting and Mapping Hazards and Risks" will take place as part of the 2nd Flood Risk Management Forum STRIMA II on September 11th and 12th in Dresden.

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Photo: R. Vigh/IÖR-Media
Entrance area in heavy rain

Project description

The effects of heavy rainfall events are among the most significant natural hazards in Central Europe. Flash floods in areas with concentrated surface runoff, pluvial floods in shallow terrain or canal floods in urban areas - flooding caused by heavy rainfall can take on very different shapes.

The RAINMAN project will develop and test innovative methods and tools for integrated heavy rain risk management in Central Europe. The aim is to reduce the damage caused by heavy rainfall events in urban and rural areas through improved risk management. The RAINMAN toolbox is designed to provide tools for support and guidance to local and regional actors. The toolbox tools developed jointly by the partners deal with the key issues of heavy rain risk management:

  • Assessment and mapping of heavy rain hazards and risks
  • Selection and implementation of appropriate risk mitigation, warning and crisis management measures
  • Raising awareness and involvement of stakeholders
  • Integration of heavy rain hazards and risks into flood risk management plans

These are supplemented by a catalog of practical examples from the partner countries. The pilot areas feature different regional characteristics to test the applicability of the jointly developed methods and their transferability to other regions. This way, the experiences from the pilot areas are directly incorporated into the further development of the methods and measures.




11-12 September in Dresden
RAINMAN Practitioner Workshop
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  • Saxon State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology - Germany (Lead Partner)
  • Saxon State Ministery of the Interior - Germany
  • Environment Agency Austria
  • Office of the Styrian Government
  • Institute of Meteorology and Water Management - National Research Institute
  • T. G. Masaryk Water Research Institute, p.r.i.
  • Region of South Bohemia - Czech Republic
  • Middle Tisza District Water Directorate - Hungary
  • Croatian Waters