ÖKS15: Climate Scenarios for Austria
|Funding: Contractual Research, Austrian Governments
Duration: 12/14 – 02/16
Project Partners: Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) | The Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change at the University of Graz | Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS
Depending on the climate parameters, time of year, scale and degree of adaptation, the advancing global climate change has led to changes that impact systems in different ways. Climate change adaptation and the identification of possible intervention measures requires a founded analysis of the risks related to climate change and its impacts. In order to adequately prepare for impending changes, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, in partnership with the nine Austrian States (Länder), has initiated the project ÖKS15, which aims at preparing a basis for developing action strategies for climate change adaptation.
The Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG), the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change at the University of Graz, and the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS at the University of Salzburg have been commissioned to undertake an analysis of past and future climate change in the Austrian States. The results will be prepared principally for decision makers in policy and practice and will be fed into the federal and state GIS systems, as well as integrated into the Climate Data Centre of the Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA), and will therefore be available for further research on climate change impacts and adaptation.
Specific Research Inputs:
- Data management in cooperation with the different GIS units of the Austrian State and the CCCA Data Centre.
- Development of suitable cartography and fact sheets for Austria and the states, as well as selected communities (‘Gemeinden’).
- Stakeholder dialogue and organisation of workshops.
Involved ISI staff: Dr. Stefan Kienberger, Raphael Spiekermann, Marco Poetsch, Dr. Michael Hagenlocher