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. 🙂
20191113-15 F&L’s General Assembly, Naples WMO+F&L+CIT’s survey amongst Transport, Freight and Logistics presented
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):
- Alpine Lake Surface Temperatures from 1880 to 2100 Reconstructions and Projections for assessing ecosystem-service availability
- Ein entscheidungstheoretischer Ansatz zur Aufrechterhaltung des Katastrophenschutzes unterdem Klimawandel auf Grundlage von Ensembles zukünftiger Gefahrenentwicklungen
- Detektion and Attribution von anthropogenen Klimaauswirkungen auf phänologische Phasen in Deutschland
- Machine Learning Methoden zur Vorhersage von Hochwasserereignissen
The bottom contribution won the 1st price amongst all presented posters and was rewarded with a certificate and price money.
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.
CIT-keynote @ Climate Talk Josefstadt – interaktive Diskussion zum Klimaschutz, Bezirksvorstehung 1080
CIT-keynote @ EG CSR: Business-Forum: Vom (Klima)Risiko zur Chance – Wirtschaftskammer Wien: ‚Klimawandel findet statt!‘
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)
CIT-keynote @Water scarcity and flood disasters in the Danube region. Perspectives of cross-border cooperation.
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?
20190620-21: Hirschwang/Reichenau In sight of the mountains Rax and Schneeberg (water conduits having their sources at the springs located there – which were still built in the monarchy – are known to supply the city of Vienna with high-quality pristine waters. One of the most notable accounts of Vienna’s status as being amongst the world’s cities worth living in year after year) the Green European Foundation – supported by the ‘Grüne Bildungswerkstatt’ – dedicated their 2019 Assembly to the topic ‘Die Berge brauchen ein neues Klima. Wir auch.’ The Agenda of this interesting and very lively conference to which CIT gladly contributed a keynote presentation.