Proud of the OPERANDUM team!

We are very pleased to see the very first article of the OPERANDUM project in the most downloaded articles list of the Environmental Research journal. It just goes to show that the concepts of Nature-based solutions for hydrometeorological hazards are a sought-after subject.

To have the article of the OPERANDUM partners rank among the top downloaded articles a month after publishing, means a lot. Not just because we are proud of the researchers who combined their knowledge to make this possible, but also because it is vital this subject garners more attention.

Hydro-meteorological hazards

The recent forest fires in Australia are sadly just another example of the changing climate and the hazards which inevitably follow. While many organizations focus on reducing the impact of climate change, there is also a great need to find ways to cope with the consequences of the current climate change. That’s where the research on hydro-meteorological hazards come in. By cataloging and evaluating their associated risks, cities and countries can take appropriate measures to mitigate the adverse impacts of these hazards. If you would like to read an introduction about this subject, please visit our article about hydro-meteorological hazards.

Nature-based solutions

Nature-based solutions are a great ‘green’ way to cope with the effects of hydro-meteorological hazards. However, because there are still gaps that hinder the widespread uptake of NBS, these solutions have not yet been implemented as well as they could have been. This research paper seeks to classify and assess these gaps, as well as evaluate the existing research to give a better understanding of the hydro-meteorological hazards and their interrelationship (in which one hazard could cause or increase another). As the article states: ‘The fundamental concepts and the key technical features of past studies reviewed here could help practitioners to design and implement nature-based solutions in real-world situations’ (Debele et al., 2019).

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