It happened again. Early in the evening, on Saturday 2 July -
less than a year after Copenhagen last experienced a powerful
thunderstorm - the city was struck again by an extraordinarily
intense rainstorm. The water caused extensive damage to roads and
buildings in large sections of the city.
The Danish Meteorological Institute
after the heavy rain. Photo by Finn Majlergaard.
In the Botanical Garden, 135 millimetres - or two months'
rain - were measured. The sewage system was heavily overloaded and
the streets resembled canals. Hundreds of basements were flooded
and several Copenhagen motorways were closed for more than 24
This newsletter contains a new case concerning how Danish coastal
municipalities can raise the minimum spot heights in harbour
The City of Copenhagen has prepared a Climate Adaptation Plan
which addresses the climate challenges that the City of Copenhagen
is facing. The plan points to solutions that will help prepare the
Danish capital for climate change.
The Danish Road Directorate has participated in the international
research project, SWAMP, which identifies vulnerable 'Blue Spots'
on the road network and lays down guidelines for, how roads can be
climate change adapted.
The final section contains a brief description of a new Intereg
project, WaterCap, which will be initiated in autumn 2011. The
project will provide recommendations for future implementation of
directives affected by climate change.
On 1 January, 2011, the Information Centre for Climate Change
Adaptation was moved within the Ministry of Climate and Energy -
from the Danish Energy Agency to the Danish Meteorological
Institute (DMI). Regrettably, this relocation has
caused slightly longer intervals between the last newsletters.