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Climate 2017, 5(2), 25; doi:10.3390/cli5020025

Tailoring Climate Parameters to Information Needs for Local Adaptation to Climate Change

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South German Climate Office, Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany
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Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany
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Academic Editor: Yang Zhang
Received: 24 November 2016 / Revised: 15 March 2017 / Accepted: 21 March 2017 / Published: 25 March 2017
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Abstract

Municipalities are important actors in the field of local climate change adaptation. Stakeholders need scientifically sound information tailored to their needs to make local assessment of climate change effects. To provide tailored data to support municipal decision-making, climate scientists must know the state of municipal climate change adaptation, and the climate parameters relevant to decisions about such adaptation. The results of an empirical study in municipalities in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg in Southwestern Germany showed that adaptation is a relatively new topic, but one of increasing importance. Therefore, past weather events that caused problems in a municipality can be a starting point in adaptation considerations. Deduction of tailored climate parameters has shown that, for decisions on the implementation of specific adaptation measures, it also is necessary to have information on specific parameters not yet evaluated in climate model simulations. We recommend intensifying the professional exchange between climate scientists and stakeholders in collaborative projects with the dual goals of making practical adaptation experience and knowledge accessible to climate science, and providing municipalities with tailored information about climate change and its effects. View Full-Text
Keywords: adaptation; climate change; municipalities; climate information; extreme weather events; climate parameters; user needs; Germany adaptation; climate change; municipalities; climate information; extreme weather events; climate parameters; user needs; Germany
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Hackenbruch, J.; Kunz-Plapp, T.; Müller, S.; Schipper, J.W. Tailoring Climate Parameters to Information Needs for Local Adaptation to Climate Change. Climate 2017, 5, 25.

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