Europe's Weather Conditions: Planning for the Future

Planning for the future

Extreme weather patterns are progressively becoming common in Central Europe, causing relief funds to deplete, and administration to consider new courses of action.

Unfortunately, the Danube has suffered lately from heavy pollution, resulting in more frequent and more harsh occurrences. As floods tend to spread the pollutants, there is a range of derivative issues which can spring up. For example. with little advance planning and some financial support, the removal of contaminated sediments from waterways and harbours can be used to ensure the river's navigability.

With substantial amounts of resources allocated to deal with harsh weather, it is more sustainable to think in terms of the likelihood of hazards occurring, and at what frequency in the future, and planning accordingly.

The freezing spell is not something the continent is used to dealing with regularly at this intensity, and the authorities are hard pressed to manage the disasters even if the regions receive plenty of forewarning about the seasonal storms.

Their only solution is to chart the patterns of occurrences and prepare all the necessary operations in order to promptly and readily implement all the means necessary to recover from a natural disaster. However, such course of action requires a lot of organization, financial coverage, and a plan, specifically, against the risk of the rate of occurrence. Known as damage assistance, it is an important instrument, a task force, that helps manage future environmental constraints.

Trans-boundary management is important in cases such as the Danube, as regional management and public administration operate within national borders, whereas the river defies them. Cooperation from all riparian regions is necessary in order to achieve a cohesive and consistent strategy that will cover preservation and sustainability practices, along with a solid risk and disaster action plan.

New procedures are to incorporate climate change in their planning and investment decisions. While there are still some uncertainties regarding the level and extent of changes in meteorological conditions of specific locations, there is enough knowledge for action and improvement of policies.

Additionally, being able to work out how much damage assistance each event entails can help keep track of various problems that regions encounter on seasonal basis. Using those measurements the administration can also outline and project different needs for different points down the course of the river.


But most places, especially small communities do not always have the means and the capacity to foresee or prepare for extreme events. However, as most communities are adaptable, they tend to work on boosting their capacity to deal with extreme cases as the frequency of events also increases.

More primitive communities, for example, in the Amazon basin, tend to simply move away when they can no longer cope with natural variations or exploit their surroundings. That is not a sustainable solution because they leave traces of human activity behind, and in some cases, they are not repairable.

Central European nations are more advanced, and they have hazard plans in place for such events. They may not always work, but the damage assistance exists, and it is implemented to the best of their ability. Initiatives include monitoring and observation, forecasting, and making practical arrangements for probable high-risk outcomes. Such actions help build more secure communities and help them plan and make decisions in the long-term.