Pilot studies

Pilot study 1: Adapted forest management at LTER Zöbelboden

This study focused on climate change adaptation in forests in the Austrian Alps where there is a growing level of uncertainty in relation to climate change impacts, and where the risks of incorrect silvicultural management are increasing.

Download: Pilot Study 1 Report: Adapted forest management in Austria

Pilot study 2: Climate change adaptation measures in Romanian agriculture

This study focused on the agricultural areas of Covasna and Caracal. Climate projections suggest that agricultural areas in Romania may be negatively affected by a number of changes predicted by regional climate models. Adaptation to the impacts of climate change through better crop system management will be facilitated by existing knowledge of response options to severe climate events.

Download: Pilot Study 2 Report: Adaptation measures in Romanian agriculture

Pilot study 3: Climate change adaptation in the new water regime in Puglia region, Italy

The pilot study in Puglia focused on providing tools and guidelines for local and regional authorities to improve water resources management and planning, taking into consideration impacts on domestic water supply, agriculture and coastal areas from terrestrial and marine hazards related to climate change and variability. The main approach was the use of integrated modelling applied to the study area.

Download: Pilot Study 3 Report: Adaptation in water and coastal areas in Puglia, Italy

Pilot study 4: Effects of climate change on the wetland ecosystems of Attica region, Greece

The Attica pilot study focused on wetland ecosystems, which are vulnerable in terms of water resources while at the same time being significant for the regulation of the water cycle, particularly in South Eastern Europe where water shortages are expected. Data from historical/recent observations of both climate and land use were investigated in relation to wetland conditions and used in impact and adaptation analyses.

Download: Pilot Study 4 Report: Wetland adaptation in Attica Region, Greece

Pilot study 5: Water resources and the use of hydroelectricity, Italy

The general purpose of the Trento pilot study was to improve existing policies related to the exploitation of water resources at basin level, with particular emphasis on hydropower generation. Modelling procedures were applied in order to evaluate trends in water resource availability for competing uses in the area (e.g. hydropower, irrigation), and a cost-benefit analysis was carried out on the sustainability of new and existing hydroelectric systems.

Download: Pilot Study 5 Report: Water resources and the use of hydroelectricity in the Autonomous Province of Trento

Pilot study 6: Vulnerability assessment in Budapest and Veszprém

This pilot study aimed to demonstrate the applicability of adaptation measures and policies in two Hungarian municipalities. The study focused on possible ways to integrate adaptation measures in existing and future development plans. A specific objective was to identify a list of feasible, applicable adaptation measures for the main economic sectors and/or ecosystems that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Download: Pilot Study 6 Report: Urban adaptation in two Hungarian municipalities