The sixth webinar of the series, “At your service: climate knowledge and information as enablers of climate action” (June 8), focused on exploring and enhancing the use and development of climate services. The panel discussions portraying the perspective from those using climate knowledge and information highlighted the importance of increasing the availability of user-friendly data, of managing the uncertainty of these data and of reinforcing the trust in climate services by co-developing them with the relevant stakeholders. During the break-out rooms phase of the webinar, Dr. Stephan Dietrich (ICWRGC) briefly presented the CO-MICC knowledge and data portal on freshwater-related hazards of climate change, and future views on how to move from a pilot portal to a fully-operational one.
The EGU General Assembly 2021 was held virtually from 19-30 April 2021. This year, Dr. Fabian Kneier and Thedini Asali Peiris (both from Goethe University, Frankfurt) showcased advanced results from the ongoing CO-MICC project in the form of PICO (Presenting Interactive COntent) presentations.Dr. Fabian Kneier’s presentation highlighted the main outcomes of the participatory process accompanying the development of the CO-MICC data and knowledge portal. This process involved stakeholders from the Maghreb region and Spain.
Thedini Asali Peiris demonstrated a simple approach for hydrological models that enables them to mimic the effect of active vegetation on potential evapotranspiration under climate change, thus improving computation of freshwater-related climate change hazards by hydrological models. This research was carried out as part of the CO-MICC project and is soon to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal for publication.
The 4th European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA, www.ecca2019.eu) was held from 28–31 May 2019 in Lisbon. At this biennial conference, results from projects receiving funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme were presented.
This year, Dr. Carina Zang (ICWRGC, www.waterandchange.org) presented first results from the ongoing project CO-MICC in form of a poster together with colleagues from Goethe University, Frankfurt. The poster shows how the planned knowledge portal on climate change impacts on global water availability is co-developed with stakeholders and implemented.
The 4th European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA, www.ecca2019.eu) will be held from 28–31 May 2019 in Lisbon. At this biennial conference, results from projects receivingfunding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme will be presented. This year, Dr. Carina Zang (ICWRGC, www.waterandchange.org) will present first results from the ongoing project CO-MICC in form of a poster together with colleagues from Goethe University, Frankfurt. The poster shows how the planned knowledge portal on climate change impacts on global water availability is co-developed with stakeholders and implemented.
The CO-MICC Mid-Term project meeting was held at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. CO-MICC team members from all partner institutions took part in this event to bring up recent findings and set the way forward from here for the next part of the journey. Meeting face to face with vivid and highly productive discussions on topics of current relevance – such as the selection of indicators for the planned knowledge portal – made this event a major landmark for the project.
Venue: Confederación Hidrográfica del Ebro, Zaragoza
The aim of the first stakeholder workshop in the Ebro focus region was to gain information on the needs and perceptions of stakeholders in adaptation planning with regard to the possibilities of multi-model based information.
Held at the Confederación Hidrográfica del Ebro, stakeholders from several government agencies and different research institutions took part along with a representative of the local irrigation community. After introducing the information to be generated by the multi-model ensemble in this project, we discussed the potential use and ways of presenting this information, including the co-construction of Bayesian network structures. As a key vector of showcasing this information, a first draft of the planned data portal was presented and discussed.
Due to the diverse backgrounds of the stakeholders involved, the discussions gave insight into various perspectives and problems they are facing in the wake of climate change impacts on water availability.
The first CO-MICC Newsletter has been released, informing on key topics and milestones of the year 2018. This current newsletter summarizes interviews in our focus region north Africa (including Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia), informs on workshops with scientists and stakeholders from this region and presents key findings.
The first Workshop of the CO-MICC stakeholder dialogue with stakeholders from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia (MAT) took place in Le Mans in November 2018. The main aims were to gain an understanding of the possibilities of multi-model information and gathering information on the needs and perceptions of stakeholders in adaptation planning in MAT countries.
The first Workshop for the co-development of methods to utilize multi-model information on freshwater related hazards took place in the University of Le Mans in November 2018.
Several stakeholders from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia (MAT) participated in this first workshop. One of the key aims was to gain an understanding of the possibilities of multi-model information. Together with the stakeholders, researchers from the CO-MICC team gathered information on the needs and perceptions of stakeholders in adaptation planning in MAT countries. First ideas for the design of the planned CO-MICC knowledge portal were presented and discussed.
Co-construction of Bayesian network structures was introduced to the stakeholders on the second day. In the CO-MICC project, this will be used as a basis to explore adaptation planning at the country scale.
The CO-MICC team interviewed experts related to climate change and water resources in the Ebro basin and the surrounding area. The interviews focused on perceived risks, use of climate data and adaptation strategies. The outcomes of these interviews will be used to prepare the first stakeholder workshop in the focus region.
Travelling through various cities in the Ebro Basin and to Madrid, two scientists from the CO-MICC team interviewed key stakeholders in September 2018. Most of the interviewed stakeholders were employees of public authorities in the water and agriculture sector or of public research institutions experienced in working in the Ebro basin. In addition, forest managers as well as the national meteorological institution were interviewed.
When asked about experienced and perceived problems related to climate change impacts on water availability, many stakeholders mentioned political problems, land use changes and related water use conflicts, sediment transport, floods, and droughts.
Another part of the interview focused on the current use of model data and climate change indicators by the corresponding institution. These results will be used to tailor specific user surfaces for the planned knowledge portal in CO-MICC.
All stakeholders were very interested in the project and willing to participate in the upcoming workshops.