Funded by
  • EC (European ERA4CS Joint Call for Transnational Collaborative Research Projects 2016)
Duration 36 months from 15/09/2017 to 14/09/2020

Coordinating organizationTop
  • Uread - University Of Reading
CMCC Scientific LeaderTop CMCC Project managerTop DivisionTop General aimsTop

The aim of WINDSURFER is to integrate approaches to assessing extreme wind and wave risks and impacts across European Research Performing Organisations, with a focus on providing localised climate information for the insurance, forestry and energy sectors. This will be achieved by the following objectives:

  1. Develop new methods and tools to better quantify current wind and wave risk and understand how it might change in the future;
  2. Develop impacts studies and new impact models for European windstorms and associated extreme wind and wave damage;
  3. Provide localised climate information with clearly evaluated uncertainties for present and future wind and wave risk for the Insurance, Forestry, and Energy sectors.
CMCC RoleTop

CMCC will perform new historical simulations (1960-2010) with the high resolution CMCC Earth System model (Foglio et al. 2014) with 0.25o resolution in the atmosphere and ocean. CMCC will also perform simulations using the coupled and coupled CMCC regional climate model (Cavicchia et al. 2015) at 0.11o resolution in the atmosphere and 0.0625o in the ocean. These simulations will follow the protocol of MED-CORDEX and contribute to the MED-CORDEX intercomparison. Mediterranean windstorms and extreme winds will be analysed in the MED-CORDEX, HiResMIP and CMIP6 simulations.

Expected resultsTop

Post-processed model output (selected variables) made available to other partners. Analysis of high–resolution cilmate simulations aimed at improving the statistical characterization of estreme winds and storm surges in Europe.


Perform regional model simulations for past and future as documented in the Description of Work (WP2 and WP3).

  • MET NORWAY - Norwegian Meteorological Institute
  • FMI - Finnish Meteorological Institute
  • Universidad de Cantabria – Instituto de Hidráulica Ambiental de Cantabria (UC-IHC)
  • Met Éireann (METEI)
  • KNMI - Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
  • National Centre for Scientific Research – Demokritos (NCRSD)