CROSSRISK – Public warnings – reducing rain and snowfall related risks

The Partners

  • Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik, Kundenservice Steiermark (A),
  • Univerza v Mariboru (SI),
  • Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, računalništvo in informatiko (UM FERI) (SI),
  • Agencija Republike Slovenije za okolje (ARSO) (SI),
  • Znanstvenoraziskovalni center Slovenske akademije znanosti in umetnosti (SI),
  • Land Kärnten – Lawinenwarndienst Kärnten (A),
  • Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung (A).

Problem Description

Risks related to rain and snow belong to the key challenges in the SI-AT programme region. This has been demonstrated by floods in September 2010, large avalanches in February 2009, or snow load damages in spring 2016. However, forecasts and warnings related to such events are currently not harmonised across the Austrian-Slovenian border and the warning institutions partly lack financial and personal resources to sufficiently develop their tools to the current state-of-the-art.


The main aim of CROSSRISK is to improve safety of population and to better protect infrastructure in the programme region. In addition, tourism will be supported by raising awareness of opportunities and risks, e.g., by improved communication of safety information for backcountry tourists, or by improved forecasts of technical snow production potential. Consequently, many target groups (local/regional/national authorities, companies, NGOs, citizens, and tourists) will benefit from the project. Primary project outputs are improved forecasts and warnings concerning rain, floods and snow, their cross-border harmonization and the improvement of their comprehensibility, availability and dissemination.