Presentation ‘On the influence of mankind on the Climate System – Past, Future and notions on sustainable usages of renewable sources of energy’ by Katharina Enigl and Christoph Matulla
Even though we clearly prefer presentations combining auditorium and speakers in one place, i.e. in direct, immediate exchange, the online transfer of knowledge (with stimulating discussion afterwards) was in this case almost on a par with that of a traditional form. This became evident from the discussion as well as the feedback on this event. In case of interest in the presentation you may find it here.
The Brahms Hall provided a pleasant atmosphere for the CIT lecture on climate change in the past, the current state of the climate system and possible future developments consistent with diverse pathways of mankind. This topic comprised the first part of the presentation, which was attended by about 50 foresters and major landowners. The second part dealt with hazard development corridors for Austrian forestry associated with these pathways and how decision-making procedures could be used to determine optimal options for action towards sustainable stocking of different regions with the most suitable tree species. The two-hour event (with lively discussions) was successfully concluded with a joint luncheon. The presentation can be found here.
When first meeting each other at an event hosted by the Viennese Chamber of Commerce (see below) to which ‘Fridays For Future’ and CIT were both invited as speakers, it became obvious that there is a need to further exchange ideas and think as how to cooperate most efficiently. Now finally the time for a first fruitful and engaging discussion had come. This dialogue is to continue for sure. 🙂
The 8th Meteorology Day from the ÖGM (Austrian Society for Meteorology) was held at the 7th and 8th of November in Salzburg, Austria, at the Edmundsburg.
Climate change and weather extremes were the focus of this conference. The contributions ranged from poster presentations to talks, both followed by interesting discussions. This time, issues especially regarding the cryosphere were presented. Other topics covered, range from phenology, extreme precipitation, satellite data as well as general climate system/modeling matters and much more. The conference program can be found here (in german): conference program.
CIT contributed four poster presentations (in german – except the first one – as this was the conference language):
The initiative launched by vice-mayor Helga Krismer to provide the citizens of Baden with insights into the current state of science on the challenges society is facing due to climate change, was an excellent achievement of those organising the event (see pic below), which took place in a very pleasant atmosphere. The response was unexpectedly high. And although additional rows of chairs and extra seating in the central aisle were swiftly created, the hall turned out too small so that quite a number of attendees found themselves seated on rushed chairs in the vestibule. The discussion, which continued well into the evening’s social part, was lively and testifies to the strong commitment of the citizens towards the climate change and thereby induced impacts was well as their high engagement in dealing with the challenges that are already being felt at present. A truly successful endeavour. CIT’s Keynote (announcement I + II) may be found and downloaded here.
20190927: Matulla C., K. Enigl, S. Lehner, J. Tordai, F. Frank, A. Mansberger, J. Tordai, F. Schmid, I. Schnetzer ‚Klimawandel findet statt!‘
Keynote bei EG CSR Business-Forum: Vom (Klima)Risiko zur Chance, Wirtschaftskammer Wien WKO (Agenda). An engaging and important event that gladly also served as a forum for ‘Friday for Future’ (the other pic shows the spokeswoman of this significant initiative, who contributed a presentation as well! Btw – these pics belong to Ubit and were taken by Hans Leitner)
20190626: Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äußeres, Alois Mock-Saal, Wien. The River Danube unites ten countries of Central and Southeastern Europe, serves as logistical artery of associated economies and supplies energy and water to industries as well as agriculture. However, growing demands for water as well as climate-change driven increases in occurrence-frequencies of droughts, forest fires and flooding disasters all across the Danube region put Europe’s ‘nerve centre’ under pressure. Conflicts over the distribution of water resources between agriculture and industry as well as problems with drinking-water supply are still aggravating tensions. Shortages in the availability of water-resources, climate-change triggered challenges in civil-protection and disaster-control already give cause for concern individually, but above all – together. Hence, these circumstances – capable of severely jeopardizing political stability throughout the entire Danube region – are obviously matters of serious concern.
Five years after the European Civil Protection Mechanism came into force, scientists and experts from environmental- and civil-protection as well as from disaster-control are discussing sustainable solutions and perspectives for cross-border cooperation in dealing with water as a resource. Do we need a cross-border water strategy for the Danube region? How do business, politics and society counter climate-change driven impacts and accelerating shifts in risk-landscapes regarding natural disasters?