Impact of climate change and climate extremes on the agriculture and forestry in the Europe-Russia-Turkey region
A new research project AFTER “Impacts of climate change and climate extremes on agriculture and forestry in the Europe-Russia-Turkey Region” started in 2018 at HZG-GERICS. It is designed to bridge the gap between supply and demand of state-of-the-art climate information to assess the impact of changing climate on agriculture and forestry.
AFTER is funded by the “ERA.NET Plus with Russia” Programme to foster research and innovation cooperation between the EU Member States, Turkey and Russia. It is a truly interdisciplinary project as it integrates the expertise of climate scientists and impact specialists together with stakeholders from the selected regions.
The main objective of AFTER is to study the impact of climate change and climate extremes on the selected regions with extensive agriculture and forestry across Europe, Russia and Turkey.
Two regional climate models ALARO-0 (RMI) and REMO (HZG-GERICS) have been used. The coordinated model set-up, multi-model-multi-scenario experiments with high-spatial resolution up to 25 km and systematic model evaluations will enable an accurate estimation of local climate information along with their uncertainties. Furthermore, the investigation of differential climate impacts in the different vegetation and climate zones under global warming of 1.5,2,and3-degree worlds will contribute to the scientific basis of the Paris Agreement.