Potential of reducing consequences of extreme weather events by means of spatial planning.
In her doctoral work, Maruša Matko investigated the effectiveness of reducing physical consequences and wider societal impacts of damaged electric energy infrastructure due to extreme weather events (EWE). By means of comparative analysis she demonstrated that proper allocation of the infrastructure together with specific technical measures for improving its resilience significantly, i.e. between 30-70%, reduces cost of damage and wider impacts at hydro power plants in the case of heavy rain with flooding, and of transmission lines damage in the case of heavy ice-storm, respectively. The approach and results of the analysis has been published in Utilities policy, doi: 10.1016/j.jup.2016.10.007.