Central European Toolbox for Mitigating Combined Consequences of Drought, Heatwaves, and Fire Weather through Regionally Tuned Forecasting (Clim4Cast)

Project Identification
Project Period
3/2023 - 2/2026
Investor / Pogramme / Project type
Ministry for Regional Development of the CR
MU Faculty or unit
Faculty of Science
Project Website
Cooperating Organization
Technische Universität Wien
Institute for Global Change Research ASCR
Leibniz Center for Agricultural Landscape Resear

The frequency, duration, and severity of drought, heatwaves, and fire weather events in the Central European (CE) region are expected to increase as a result of ongoing climate change. Water scarcity and drought represent challenges that are currently being incorporated in most legal frameworks of the CE countries. However, heatwaves and fire weather are not properly addressed in legislation documents. A lack of existing tools to monitor, predict, and spread awareness of these extremes resulted in general unpreparedness to these events on regional, national, and cross-border levels. The project will address this issue by developing a CE multi-temporal forecasting toolbox that will be integrated into existing national drought monitoring efforts. The project will also evaluate the impacts of extreme events and estimate the effect of climate change on their occurrence. These results will serve to develop a strategy that aims to increase climate change awareness related to these three frequently underreported extreme events. The project is unique by developing and implementing of forecasting tool and sharing partner knowledge of extreme weather and climate events, diverse strategies of communication, and networks of stakeholders and potential users of the new tool. The output of the research will serve as an early warning system that can be utilized by diverse stakeholders and can be implemented into respective national legislative frameworks.

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