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Clim4Cast

Project overview

Central European Alliance for Increasing Climate Change Resilience to Combined Consequences of Drought, Heatwave, and Fire Weather through Regionally-Tuned Forecasting

Climate change increases the risk of severe weather events in central Europe. Increasing resilience to droughts, heatwaves and fires is urgent but tools that monitor and predict these phenomena are widely missing. The Clim4Cast project establishes a new weather forecast tool, which will be integrated into existing national monitoring platforms of seven countries. Concrete action plans to set up regional response mechanisms are also developed.

1,91m €

Project Budget

80%

of the Budget is funded by ERDF

Layer 1

7

Countries

7

Regions

8

Partners

3

Pilots

Duration

Start date

End date

Project progress

33%

About the project

The Central European region faces an increase in the frequency, duration, and severity of drought, heatwaves, and fire weather (DHF) due to ongoing climate change. While legal frameworks and attention have been directed toward water scarcity and drought, the insufficient consideration of heatwaves and fire weather in legislation poses a challenge, impeding efforts to increase resilience. Recognizing the direct threats posed by DHF events to human well-being and the environment, Clim4Cast aims to address the existing gap by introducing operational tools for monitoring, prediction, and raising awareness. Clim4Cast project partners will collaboratively develop and establish a multi-temporal DHF forecast. Beyond forecasting, the project will assess the impact of climate change on DHF event occurrences. The project's outcomes will contribute to a comprehensive strategy aimed at increasing climate change awareness, particularly for underreported extreme events. What sets Clim4Cast apart is the collaborative utilization of partner knowledge in extreme weather events, diverse communication strategies, and established networks of stakeholders. The project's uniqueness lies in the development and implementation of multi-temporal forecasting, a crucial aspect currently missing in existing tools. The output of Clim4Cast will serve as an early warning system, empowering diverse stakeholders and facilitating integration into national legislative frameworks.

Project partnership

Project partners

Česko (CZ)

Lead partner

Global Change Research Institute, CAS

Domain of Climate Analysis and Modelling
Address
Bělidla 986/4a
60300 Brno
Country
Czechia (CZ)
Web
https://www.czechglobe.cz

Project partner

Department of Geography, Faculty of Science
Address
Kotlarska 267/2
61137 Brno
Country
Czechia (CZ)
Web
https://www.muni.cz/en
Total partner budget
202,754 €
Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation
Address
Wiedner Hauptstrasse 8-10
1040 Vienna
Country
Austria (AT)
Web
www.tuwien.at
Total partner budget
294,379 €
Department of Bioeconomy and Systems Analysis
Address
Czartoryskich 8
24-100 Puławy
Country
Poland (PL)
Web
www.iung.pl
Total partner budget
169,550 €
Research Platform "Data Analysis & Simulation"
Address
Eberswalder Str. 84
15374 Muencheberg
Country
Germany (DE)
Web
https://www.zalf.de/en/Pages/ZALF.aspx
Total partner budget
251,103 €
Meteorology and hydrology office
Address
Vojkova cesta 1b
1000 Ljubljana
Country
Slovenia (SI)
Web
https://www.arso.gov.si
Total partner budget
198,699 €
Meteorological Research and Development Division
Address
Ravnice 48
10000 Zagreb
Country
Croatia (HR)
Web
www.meteo.hr
Total partner budget
153,179 €
Division Meteorological Service/Dpt. of Climatological Service
Address
Jeséniova 17
83315 Bratislava
Country
Slovakia (SK)
Web
www.shmu.sk
Total partner budget
271,280 €

Roadmap

1

Challenge

The primary challenge addressed by our project lies in the diversity of microclimate conditions within Central Europe. This diversity introduces complexities in handling different input data sources and understanding the multifaceted nature of drought, heatwaves, and fire events.

2

Approach

The project's approach encompasses three key work packages. WP1 focuses on enhancing the region's resilience to DHF and their compound impacts. Complementing this, WP2 involves collaborative efforts in developing and implementing a forecasting tool tailored for DHF. Simultaneously, WP3 focuses on jointly formulating a response strategy using an early warning system.

3

Solution

The proposed solution focuses on collaborative efforts to develop a comprehensive forecasting model for DHF in Central Europe. By pooling expertise and resources, the project aims to create a robust tool that integrates insights from diverse climatic conditions, fostering resilience across the region.

News

Upcoming: 4th Seminar for Agricultural Reporting Network

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NEWS

13.03.2024

Upcoming: 4th Seminar for Agricultural Reporting Network

Don't miss the Clim4Cast presentation at the 4th Seminar for the National Drought Impacts Reporting Network in Agriculture on March 13, 2024, in Žemberovce. Discover how Clim4Cast tackles climate challenges in agriculture.

Project meeting at Masaryk University in Brno

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NEWS

15.02.2024

Project meeting at Masaryk University in Brno

The members of the Clim4Cast project discuss their activities in the first year of the project.

Clim4Cast presented at Researchers’ Night

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NEWS

14.02.2024

Clim4Cast presented at Researchers’ Night

The Clim4Cast project was presented at the Researchers' Night, which took place at the Department of Geography of Masaryk University in Brno.

Relationships between heat waves and soil drought in the Czech Republic

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NEWS

10.12.2023

Relationships between heat waves and soil drought in the Czech Republic

In August, the EMS Annual Meeting 2023 took place in Bratislava (Slovakia). Jan Řehoř from the Department of Geography of Masaryk University in Brno presented existing results regarding the relationship between heat waves and soil drought.

Hydrospace Workshop

P2 Green

NEWS

27.11.2023

Hydrospace Workshop

Concluding the Hydrospace workshop in Lisbon, ZALF delivered a presentation on the preliminary findings of the Clim4Cast project via a poster session. Exciting discussions and valuable feedback ensued, contributing to the project's progress.

Events

Progress Meeting II

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EVENT

Slovakia

In Person

27 - 28.05.2024

Progress Meeting II

Mark your calendars for our upcoming progress meeting in Bratislava, spanning lunch to lunch, on May 27-28. We look forward to productive discussions and collaboration at this pivotal gathering.

Key outputs

Milestone 1. A Database of Past DHF Event Impacts

The Clim4Cast project has meticulously compiled a comprehensive database documenting over 3000 records of Drought, Heatwave, and Fire (DHF) events in the Clim4Cast countries from 2000 to 2023. This foundational resource, derived from newspaper reports, categorizes impacts on diverse systems and serves as a key reference for subsequent project analyses.
Type of output: Solutions

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Project Contacts

Project Manager

Marketa Podebradska
Phone: +420737953726

Finance Manager

Kristina Travnickova
Phone: +420730164642

Communication Manager

Claas Nendel
Phone: +49 (0)33432 82-355