RiskStorage: Risk Acceptance and Communication for Pumped-Storage Reservoirs
in the Context of Future Energy Supply

The collaborative project aims at the development of robust methods for cognition, assess-ment and sustainable increase of risk acceptance with respect to high-cost-situations in civil engineering. As an example for such high-cost-situations in civil engineering, pumped-storage reservoirs have been selected as relevant infrastructure. Different stakeholders can be affected by issues of pumped-storage reservoirs. Therefore, risk communication is one of the major challenges when designing such structures. At the same time, risk must also be seen as a social construction and not just as a technical one: Which remaining risk is ac-cepted by affected persons depends on their vulnerability as well as on the way risks are communicated. Different views of decision makers and affected persons must be communi-cated in order to obtain meaningful risk acceptance.
Hence, the objective of the project is to address risk communication and risk acceptance aspects in civil engineering from an integrated engineering and sociological point of view, thus contributing to the development of sustainable, risk based planning and design pro-cesses for civil engineering structures. Additionally, the resulting approach will foster sus-tainability of such projects in society. Finally, with its results being of great benefit for risk assessment in hydraulic engineering, the project presents a first step in the development of suitable methods of risk communication and risk acceptance. Therefore, the project can and should be extended in a further project phase to other high cost situations in civil engineering enabling interdisciplinary planning, design and collaboration from the very beginning of a civil engineering project.


Prof. Dr. phil. Roger Häußling, Institute of Sociology, Chair of Sociology of Technology and Organization
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Schüttrumpf, Chair and Institute of Hydraulic En-gineering and Water Resources Management (IWW)


Daniel Kerpen, M. A., research staff Sociology of Technology and Or-ganization
Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Elena Pummer, research engineer IWW