Maria Wind (Austria) 1; Barbara König (Austria) 1; Herbert Formayer (Austria) 1
1 - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
The Project Enhancing Environmental Performance and Climate Proofing of Infrastructure Investments in the Western Balkan Region from an EU integration perspective (ClimaProof) is funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and co-funded by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). The project aims to increase the capacities of the countries involved in climate proofing investments in the transport infrastructure sector by improving the information base on future climate in the target region.
Within the project the Institute of Meteorology of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU-Met) analysed existing regional climate models and developed an ensemble of bias corrected and localized climate change scenarios for the Western Balkan Region. These scenarios are based on freely available regional climate change projections (CORDEX) using the best freely available observational data for each sub-region.For further localization of the scenarios, BOKU-Met developed a tool for ‘Improving bias-corrected Climate Change scenarios with local OBServational data’ (ICC-OBS). The tool allows national experts to integrate their own observational data to improve the scenarios, without having to share sensitive station data.Another essential part of the project is the involvement of local experts from the national hydro-meteorological services and national stakeholders working in the field of infrastructure planning and development. In order to do so, BOKU-Met organised a Summer School on High Resolution Climate Change Projections and several local workshops within the target area.
The scenarios and tools developed were presented to local experts from hydro-meteorological institutions during a summer school. Following that, the products have been adapted according to the feedback of the local experts. Relevant indicators for infrastructure development and impact assessment in the Western Balkan Region were identified in a stakeholder process including an online survey as well as local workshops. The final ensemble of climate scenarios and indicators is available free of charge via the CCCA (Climate Change Center Austria) data server. There, a web-based tool helps with the model selection by comparing and visualizing climate change signals of the different models for selected areas. Furthermore, the ICC-OBS tool can be downloaded and used offline.
The project shows that the close cooperation of data providers and users is a key element for the successful implementation of new climate service products. Training of and interaction with local experts is essential to support the integration of the developed products into the climate service portfolio of local institutions.