Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region: Air Temperature
Baltadapt partners are working on a review of existing state-of-the-art knowledge on climate change in the Baltic Sea Region. In this newsletter, some of the expected impacts of climate change on the air temperature in the Baltic Sea Region are summarised. Climate change simulations reveal strong changes in air temperature in the Baltic Sea Region. The simulated increase is already statistically significant in the nearest few decades compared to the most recent past decades. The changes are largest in winter and most so in the north-eastern part of the domain, where a coupling to a reduction in snow and sea ice is evident. Temperature extremes are projected to change more than long-term averages. In winter this implies that cold extremes in today’s climate will get very unusual in a future warmer climate, while summertime hot extremes are expected to be more intense than those today.
More detailed information about the expected impacts of climate change on air temperature in the Baltic Sea Region can be found in Baltadapt Climate Info #1: Air Temperature. This bulletin as well as other issues from the Baltadapt Climate Info series can be downloaded from the Baltadapt project website.
Baltadapt Strategy Workshop "Towards a macro-regional climate change adaptation strategy for the Baltic Sea Region"
The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EU BSR Strategy) calls for the development of a "regional adaptation strategy at the level of the Baltic Sea Region". The Baltadapt project was developed as a response to this priority in the EU BSR Strategy and is today on its way developong a Baltic Sea Region wide climate change adaptation strategy. Our strategy workshop "Towards a macro-regional climate change adaptation strategy for the Baltic Sea Region" will bring together different projects working on climate change adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region and beyond, representatives from relevant regional networks as well as research experts to discuss the outline and content of a future macro-regional climate change adaptation strategy. The workshop will take place in Helsinki, Finland on 17 January 2012, in conjunction with the BaltCica final conference and the third internal Baltadapt partner meeting. More details about the workshop can be found here.
Baltadapt Presented at Annual Forum on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
As a flagship project under the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, Baltadapt took part in the Annual Forum on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in Gdańsk, Poland on 25 and 26 October 2011. Baltadapt had an own stand in the Networking and Project Village connected to the conference. The Lead Partner, represented by Ole Krarup Leth, also gave a presentation on the project as part of the official programme. Read more and see pictures from the event here.
Different Perceptions of Climate Change
The Baltadapt workshop series "Climate knowledge in the Eastern Baltic Sea Region" was held as a joint activity with the projects RADOST and Circum Mare Balticum in October 2011. Discussions on the workshops revealed big differences in the perception of climate change. The participants agreed that existing knowledge about climate change must be presented in a way that makes it better understandable and comprehensible for local authorities and the public. Detailed results and impressions from the workshop series can be found here.
Polish and Russian Associated Partners for Baltadapt
Two new associated partners joined our network during the autumn: the Polish NGO Koalicja Klimatyczna (Climate Coaltion) and the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology from Kaliningrad, Russia. Both will follow the work in the Baltadapt project and contribute with information that is specific for their region or country, respectively.