ReKIS kommunal – an easy access tool for small and medium sized communities to support climate change adaptation

14:00 Wednesday 29 May

SS023 • OC137

Room S2


Dominic Rumpf (Germany) 1; Caterina Joseph (Germany) 1; Johannes Franke (Germany) 1; Andreas Vöšllings (Germany) 1; Rico Kronenberg (Germany) 2; Majana Heidenreich (Germany) 2; Christian Bernhofer (Germany) 2; Werner Sommer (Germany) 1; Andrea Hausmann (Germany) 1

1 - Saxon State office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology (Landesamt fuer Umwelt, Landwirtschaft und Geologie LfULG), subunit of the Saxon State Ministry for Environment and Agriculture (Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Landwirtschaft); 2 - Technische Universität Dresden, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Institute of Hydrology and Meteorology, Chair of Meteorology (Technische Universität Dresden, Fakultät Umweltwissenschaften, Institut für Hydrologie und Meteorologie, Professur für Meteorologie)

Due to the increasing threat of climate change to society the exchange of climate information via simple tools is necessary for appropriate decision-making. Most tools have a large amount of data and it is of utmost importance to allow easy access to them, especially for non-specialists, e.g., administrative staff or stakeholders. Non-specialists also include small to medium-sized communities (SMC) that frequently do not have the resources to obtain or assess data for decision-making. This is particularly prudent while SMC face climate change issues, e.g., heat waves or heavy rain.

To help SMC handle climate risks appropriately and potentially carry out climate change adaptation (CCA) strategies, the LIFE LOCAL ADAPT (LLA) project was started. One project-partner is the Saxon State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology (LfULG, Germany), which is responsible for applied research. LfULG, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, developed with Technische UniversitŠt Dresden the ‘ReKIS Ð Regionales Klimainformationssystem’ (Regional Climate Information System) tool. Operational since 2012, this platform provides observed data (used to assess climate change) and climate projection data (used to extrapolate future climate changes). The platform’s climatological data consists of station and grid data for regional/local climate and climate impact analyses.

One focus in Saxony was to create a specially designed access called ‘ReKIS Kommunal’ for SMC to support CCA strategies and implementations. To allow for easy guidance, ReKIS Kommunal is split in four parts.

  1. General information about the website’s mission is provided
  2. Maps that allow users to click on their area of interest for a localized view onto a specific community and find local hot spots of climate impact, and provide the climatic situation as well as the future development of the area. Downloadable climate factsheets (i.e., heavy rain, heat stress) can also be accessed.
  3. Subsequently to knowing local information, appropriate CCA-measures are suggested and best practice example factsheets, i.e., like the ones established during the LLA competitions in 2017 and 2019.
  4. To finance and implement desired measures, factsheets of funding opportunities can be downloaded and contacts are provided.

Altogether, ReKIS kommunal allows administrative staff and stakeholders to easily detect and prioritise local hot spots, gather information about CCA-measures and the finding of contacts for the implementation of any measures with a decreased inhibition to search for necessary information. It is a useful tool for both SMC and the LfULG, as it allows back and forth feedback and can be adapted at any point.