Research Activities on Climate Change

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In Austria there are already several institutions researching on climate change and its impacts.

AustroClim: The Climate Initiative of Austrian Scientists

StartClim: First analyses of extreme weather events and their impacts on Austria

Austrian Federal Environmental Agency: CIRCLE
CIRCLE (Climate Impact Research Coordination within a Larger Europe) will initiate enhanced cooperation of national programs within the EU (including the new member states). It will provide a platform for cooperation activities among programs, establish a sound knowledge base on national activities and prepare the base for a multi-national network of research programs throughout Europe. Aim of CIRCLE is the submission of a proposal for an ERANET-CA by 2005

Institute of Meteorology and Physics
University of Agricultural Sciences Vienna

Institute for Wood Science and Technology
University of Agricultural Sciences Vienna

Atmospheric Remote Sensing and Climate System (ARSCliSys)
Institute for Geophysics, Astrophysics and Meteorology, University of Graz

Human Dimensions Programme Austria (HDP-A)
Institute of Economics, University of Graz

Department of Meteorology and Geophysics, University of Innsbruck

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Joanneum Research, Institute of Energy Research, Task Leader and National Team Leader of IEA Bioenergy - Task 38

Institut for Industrial Ecology

Seibersdorf Research - Environmental Planning Department

alpS GmbH -Center for Natural Hazards

Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics

University of Vienna, Department of Meteorology and Geophysics



There are several climate research programs, which are financed by the EU with the goal of a better coordination of climate research in Europe, e.g. the projects MICE ("Modelling the impacts of Cimate Extremes"), STARDEX ("STAtistical and Regional dynamical Downscaling of EXtremes for European regions") and PRUDENCE ("Prediction of Regional scenarios and Uncertainties for Defining EuropeaN Climate change risks and Effects"). These three projects are supported by the EU-Programme”Energy, Environment, Sustainable Development” (part of the fifth EU-RTD-Framework-Programme).

Furthermore the European Union provides additional means for Climate Research within the 6. Framework Programme under the title "Global Change and Ecosystems. Information on important EC financed research projects are available under CORDIS, the Community Research & Development Information Service. A short overview ober national climate research programmes in EU-countries can be downloaded here: Download pdf-file



The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been established by WMO and UNEP to assess scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. 2001 the Third Assessment Report was published.

IPCC Third Assessment Report: Climate Change 2001
© IPCC, current knowledge about climate change

  • Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis
  • Climate Change 2001: Impacts, Adaptation & Vulnerability
  • Climate Change 2001: Mitigation
  • Climate Change 2001: Synthesis Report


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