Project: Integrated approach for the development across Europe of user oriented climate indicators for GFCS high-priority sectors: agriculture, disaster risk reduction, energy, health, water and tourism

Duration 15/09/2017 - 14/09/2020
Project Topic Climate, climate variability and change strongly impact Europe. Drought severely affects agriculture; precipitation extremes are associated with flooding, severe damage to properties and lives; temperature extremes can increase mortality; the seasonality and availability of snow affects water resources and winter tourism and wind speed or sunshine hours affect the production of renewable energy. These relations can be studied through the computation of climate indices, defined as tailored combinations of climate variables. To be useful, they need to be based on long and reliable climate datasets and be formulated to express relevant and comparable information. INDECIS will develop an integrated approach to produce a set of relevant climate indices targeting the high priority sectors of the World Meteorological Organization’s Global Framework for Climate Services (agriculture, disaster risk reduction, energy, health, water) plus tourism. To accomplish this, INDECIS will inventory and catalog existing datasets of precipitation, temperature, wind speed and sunshine duration, search new data holdings and develop new methods and tools to operationally assure their quality and homogeneity. In parallel, we will gather information on climate indicators routinely computed by the participating institutions and third parties across Europe and work to improve them in consultation with sectorial experts. It is also intended to use sectorial statistics and teleconnection indices to explore predictive relations and responses to climate variability and change. This will be accompanied by the development of tools for near-real time calculation, spatial interpolation, visualization and communication of climate monitoring. INDECIS will compare its products with those derived from reanalysis simulations to assess their validity as an alternate means to provide sectorial indices in the absence of observational datasets and with climate model output for validation and interpretation.
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Universitat Rovira i Virgili Coordinator Spain
2 Universidad de Cantabria Partner Spain
3 Agencia Estatal de Meteorología Partner Spain
4 Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Partner Spain
5 Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion Partner Spain
6 Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium Partner Belgium
7 Ilmatieteen laitos Partner Finland
8 Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières Partner France
9 Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government Partner Ireland
10 Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Partner Italy
11 Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut Partner Netherlands
12 Associação para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento de Ciências Partner Portugal
13 Administratia Nationala De Meteorologie Partner Romania
14 University of Reading Partner United Kingdom
15 Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute Partner Sweden
16 Ustav Vyzkumu Globalni Zmeny Av Cr Vvi Partner Czech Republic