Articles | Volume 16, issue 8
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 1999–2007, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-16-1999-2016

Special issue: Risk and uncertainty estimation in natural hazards

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 1999–2007, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-16-1999-2016
Research article
29 Aug 2016
Research article | 29 Aug 2016

The 21st century decline in damaging European windstorms

Laura C. Dawkins et al.

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A decline in damaging European windstorms has led to a reduction in insured losses in the 21st century. This decline is explored through understanding how and why a damaging windstorm characteristic has changed in recent years. For individual windstorm events, the area of damaging winds is shown to have reduced due to a significant decrease in extreme winds in north-western Europe. This decline is largely related to changes in a large-scale atmospheric circulation pattern in the North Atlantic.
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