BASt BMVI Expert-Network Workshop Berlin

20180516-17 Berlin German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure – BMVI : BASt Expert Workshop on Climate Change induced Hazards to European Transport Infrastructure.

BASt-BMVI-ExpertWorkshopsThis Meeting was attended by Swiss, German and Austrian Road Authorities as well as by Experts of the National German and Austrian Weather Services , the BASt, Austrian Environment and Technological Agencies. Against the background of the European TEN-T transport corridors, various national strategies regarding sensitivity, criticality and risk analyses as well as support in decision-making were at the centre of the discussions. Here you may find our pulse presentation, which was given amongst others.

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Designing Ensembles of Climate Change Projections – DACH Action 10

20180508-09 Zurich Trilateral meeting of national weather services (agenda) – Germany (DWD), Austria (ZAMG) and Switzerland (MeteoSWISS) – on the establishment of a common strategy for local- and regional-scale climate change projections. Particular focus is on: which (i) pathways of manhood should be considered in order to contrast results best against each other, (ii) chains of production to apply, (iii) policies behind the scenes : arenas and actors, (iv) stakeholder-needs, (v) preparation and correlation and pilot studies/study-areas. Constructive, very motivating discussions – there are actually lots of cuts for the development of synergies :-). A contribution to these discussions summarizing  contributions of our own may be found here.

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Ingenieure Ohne Grenzen IOG – TU Wien – Klimawandel und Hochwasserschutz

20180426 IOG MR. Dipl.-Ing. Franz Schmid (BMNT) and Christoph Matulla gave a presentation on Climate Change induced risks concerning floodings and how lessions learned in Austria (e.g. HQ100 in 2002 and 2013) may be implemented in various other regions of our world.

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IOG is an organization worth to know and it is interesting to follow their activities around the planet Please click here for more details (a summary and presentation of the association IOG). Our presentations may be found here : Climate Change, Risks and floodings and floodings in Austria, lessions learned, Risk management and hands on Information.

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Innovation – Forum of the Niederösterreich’s Energy and Environment Agency – in Großschönau

20180424 A rather exciting event in Großschönau (announcement) : the so-called ‘Innovationsforum 2018’ initiated by the ‘Energie- und Umweltagentur Niederösterreich’ with several talks, prominent guests from politics and the awarding of honours to communities enaged in environmental and climate protection. Amongst several presentations one focussed on climate. We cannot make other talks available here, but they may be requested from

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extremA – Austrian Assessment Report on EXTREMES – Storms

20180419 the Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism (BNMT) mandated to establish a assessment report  on extreme events in the European Alps.

extremA extremA Workshop – we (an international team of colleagues working on storms) contribute to the Austrian Assessment Report on Extremes through a chapter on Storms. The presentation given on this occasion may be found under ‘talks’. More information concerning this workshop may be found here.


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EGU 2018 : PressConference / Presentations

20180412_EGU_PressConferenceWe contributed with eight presentations to the European Geophysical General Assembly 2018 (Enigl, Mansberger, Ressl, Frank, Hollosi, Tordai, Scheifinger, Schlögl, etc.), which can be found under ‘Talks’. Amongst these presentations one was highlighted by the EGU and a Press Conference on it (Potential future exposure of European land transport infrastructure to rainfall-induced landslides throughout the 21st century by Matthias Schlögl and Christoph Matulla) was organized. The paper given on this occasion can be found here.

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Medizin Populär / NÖN & Land Niederösterreich : Climate & Health / 30jähriger Krieg – special issue

Medizin populär: the main article deals with potential consequences of climate change (based on interviews).

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Land Niederösterreich published a special issue on the Thirty-year war, which contains a chapter on the climate of that time. From the medieval climate optimum through the Little Ice Age (LIA) to the beginning recent warming, which we gladly contributed.

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Diplomatic Academy Vienna ETIAtalks What a disastrous World it is

Talk 1: Natural Disaster Prevention Friday, 13th October 2017, 7pm, Festsaal Diplomatische Akademie Wien, UN International Disaster Prevention Day

Avalanches, floods, earthquakes, storms, droughts and extreme weather are unfortunately not unknown natural disasters that (re)occur on an increasing level in Austria. Against the background of climate change and global warming, the discussion on how to prevent or – in the disastrous occurence of such an event – how to manage natural disaster situations, is as pressing one as ever.

Therefore this first panel discussion on “Natural Disaster Prevention” should highlight Austria`s efforts towards disaster control and natural disaster prevention on the occasion of the International Day on Natural Disaster Prevention, Friday 13th of October 2017.

Thanks to its special topography, no region in Austria is not effected by extreme weather. Next to regional damages, approximately every three years a natural catastrophy causes insured damages of more than 200 Million Euros, with an increasing tendency. The Alps experienced double of the 1°C climate warming compared to the global warming. It is therefore highly necessary to take measures to prevent such natural catastrophies from happening, through precise climate models and disaster control organization.

Did you know that … in July 2016 in 1140 of the 270 weather stations of ZAMG more than 40mm of rain fell in only 24 hours? In comparison: the average total rainfall in July in Austria is 130mm. … Austria experiences 5 to 10 tornados each year? … around 600 earthquakes are registered in Austria every year? … lets you know if you live in a danger zone? Come and join us for our panel discussion on October 13th if you want to know more about how prevention is done to prevent disasters!


Speakers: Priv. Doz. DI Dr. Florian Rudolf-Miklau : Head of Department Torrent & Avalanche Barriers, Austrian Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Mountain Risk Engineering, University of Natural Resources Vienna / Priv. Doz. Mag. Dr. Christoph Matulla : Senior Scientist, Climate Impact Group within the Climate Research Unit, ZAMG, National Meteorological Service of Austria, Senior Lecturer University of Natural Resources Vienna, University of Vienna, University Salzburg, University Graz / Dr. Susanne Hanger-Kopp : ETH Zürich, Climateprotection & – adaptation, EU climate adaptation policy, IIASA Research Scholar Risk and Resilience / Dr. Eberhard Faust : Munich Reinsurance Company, leading expert on global risk solutions on natural hazards in the Geo Risks Research/Corporate Climate Center / Moderator: Magdalena Meergraf : Journalist The GAP, Monopol, Biorama, Kurier Health Extra. See here for more details.

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European Freight and Logistics Leaders – Conference in Baveno Nov. 2016

FL_Milano_201611_Matulla_JongenEnd of November (23th to 25th) the European Freight and Logistics Leaders Forum (F&L) hosted a conference on ‘Crossing the Alps – Connecting Europe, opportunities North, South and East of Italy‘ in Baveno close-by Milan (please see the Agenda here). Discussions and presentations covered a broad range of thematic fields as: Quantifying traffic flows over the Alps; Corridor strategies; Creating critical mass and efficiency competitively deep into the hinterland; Smarter utilization of infrastructure; Shipper’s trans-alpine flows; Interviews amongst which one was with Romano Prodi (10th President of the European Commission, twice Prime Minister of Italy, …); And many more significant topics involving large scale European commercial harbors, the Chinese Silk Route into Europe — one Belt, one Road, … — please see the Agenda (below) and for further details the F&L Leaders Website (here). Aside from the topics, which all carry quite some weight for Europe’s future prosperity this conference was under the shadow of BREXIT and the US election. Nonetheless, it was certainty a splendid and exceptionally fruitful event that stimulated discussions, relationships  and future co-operations between European Leaders in Freight, Transport and Logistics.

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June, 2016 F&L The European Freight and Logistics Leaders’ Forum

CHANGE: Europe 2020 — Business As Usual?

Socio-Economic Change – Climate Change – Technological Change -> What are the IMPACTS?

Next week the F&L Freight and Logistics Leaders Europe host an international Conference on the Future of Transport, Trade, Freight and Logisitcs in Vienna.

F&L_Matulla_8.1We are very pleased and glad to be invited to give the key note on Future Climate Change Threats — Resilience/Sustainability of Infrastructure. This Conference and others of such kind address the urgent need to protect our infrastructure — backbone of Europe’s prosperity — against hazards that evolve in the wake of Climate Change. Quite a big order. Agenda FL Vienna 2-3 June 2016 Final if you’re interested in the presentation you may find it here: F&L_keynote_Matulla

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