The internet platform "Wettergefahren-Frühwarnung" (Early Warning of High Impact Weather) provides information about upcoming extraordinary or extreme weather events worldwide. Of particular interest are weather events that are potentially destructive and associated with severe damage. Daily updated (warning) information, editorially prepared reports on extreme or exceptional weather events and permanent availability are the trademarks of the internet project. Regular operation began on 1 February 2004 and has been continuously maintained ever since. In 2007, "Wettergefahren-Frühwarnung" became part of the Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM), which is an interdisciplinary research center of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in the field of disaster management. At the beginning of 2019, the page has been converted into English.
Comments on weather warnings of "Wettergefahren-Frühwarnung":
The task of "Wettergefahren-Frühwarnung" is neither to issue detailed and up-to-the-minute warnings for every country nor to provide behavioral recommendations. Warnings of ordinary thunderstorms or heat in summer, of visibility restrictions due to fog or slipperiness by snow or ice in winter or comparable events are not part of "Wettergefahren-Frühwarnung" although all these events are potentially loss-making. The key aspect of "Wettergefahren-Frühwarnung" is on extreme weather events associated with high damage potential.
The focus is on Europe. Information is updated on a daily basis. One to three days after a major damaging event, detailed analysis is provided by an editorial article that summarizes and concludes the activities; including the main features of the event enriched with data, maps, illustrations and figures from national weather services or other providers.
Comprehensive archive of extreme weather events:
Since 2004, the internet platform "Wettergefahren-Frühwarnung" has compiled more than 1000 reports on extraordinary or extreme weather events that occurred all over the world. All warnings, special notes and detailed reports can be found in an ever-growing archive.
CEDIM - Forensic Disaster Analysis (FDA)
The Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM) is an interdisciplinary research center in the field of disaster and resilience research. The interdisciplinary approach of CEDIM enables to examine and assess the entire process chain: from the causes of an event to the hazard and risk to the impact on society and environment. By synergistically combining competences from different scientific disciplines, CEDIM develops new models and concepts of disaster management to increase the resilience of a changing society and environment
Within the current research focus on near-real time Forensic Disaster Analysis (FDA), CEDIM adopts the IRDR concept of Forensic Disaster Analysis (FORIN) by incorporating a real-time component to the assessment and evaluation process. The overall aims are to investigate the dynamics and interrelations of disasters, to identify major risk drivers, to remotely estimate the impact as quickly as possible, and to infer implications for disaster mitigation. Within the framework of an FDA activity, CEDIM prepares and publishes reports with different focus points. The internet platform "Wettergefahren-Frühwarnung" supports all FDA activities in the creation of text, data, information or graphics.
"Wettergefahren-Frühwarnung" is currently supported by the following KIT students of meteorology:
Maren Glattfelder (MG)
Christian Latt (CL)
Fabian Siegmann (FS)