Keynote Presentations from the 2nd AVEC International Summer School, Peyresq, 18-30 September 2005

Speaker: Marc Zebisch
Institute for Alpine Environment, EURAC research, Viale Druso 1, 39100 Bolzano, Italy

Title of the talk: Vulnerability mapping of climate sensitive systems in Germany (pdf: 8MB)

Summary of the talk by Georg Leitinger: Students´ summary (pdf)


Regional vulnerability mapping in Germany

This talk will summarize the findings of a study conducted by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), commissioned and financed by the Federal Environmental Agency, Germany (Umweltbundesamt, UBA), and carried out between March 1st, 2003 and June 30th, 2005.
The objectives of this study were
1 to document existing knowledge on global change (and particularly climate change) in Germany and analyze its current and potential future impacts on seven climate sensitive sectors (water management, agriculture, forestry, biodiversity/nature conservation, health, tourism and transport); 2 to evaluate the present degree of adaptation and the adaptive capacity of these climate-sensitive sectors to global change; 3 to draw conclusions on the vulnerability to global change of sectors and regions in Germany by considering potential global change impacts, degrees of adaptation and adaptive capacity; 4 to discuss the results of the study with decision-makers from government, administration, economy, and society, in order to develop a basis for the development of strategies of adaptation to global change in Germany.

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