Articles | Volume 10, issue 12
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 10, 2643–2652, 2010

Special issue: 11th Plinius Conference on Mediterranean Storms

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 10, 2643–2652, 2010

Research article 20 Dec 2010

Research article | 20 Dec 2010

Preliminary results of the Social Impact Research Group of MEDEX: the request database (2000–2002) of two Meteorological Services

J. Amaro1, M. Gayà2, M. Aran1, and M. C. Llasat3 J. Amaro et al.
  • 1Meteorological Service of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2AEMET, Delegació a les Illes Balears, Palma, Spain
  • 3Department of Astronomy and Meteorology, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Abstract. One of the aims of the MEDEX project is to improve the knowledge of high-impact weather events in the Mediterranean. According to the guidelines of this project, a pilot study was carried out in two regions of Spain (the Balearic Islands and Catalonia) by the Social Impact Research group of MEDEX. The main goal is to suggest some general and suitable criteria about how to analyse requests received in Meteorological Services arising out of the damage caused by weather events. Thus, all the requests received between 2000 and 2002 at the Servei Meteorològic de Catalunya as well as at the Division of AEMET in the Balearic Islands were analysed.

Firstly, the proposed criteria in order to build the database are defined and discussed. Secondly, the temporal distribution of the requests for damage claims is analysed. On average, almost half of them were received during the first month after the event happened. During the first six months, the percentage increases by 90%. Thirdly, various factors are taken into account to determine the impact of specific events on society. It is remarkable that the greatest number of requests is for those episodes with simultaneous heavy rain and strong wind, and finally, those that are linked to high population density.