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COST ACTION. European CO operation in the field of Sc ientific and T echnical Research. 734 CLIVAGRI. Impacts of Cl imate Change and Va riability on European Agri culture. Status of the action. The Action started on November 17, 2006

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European COoperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research


Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on European Agriculture


Status of the action

The Action started on November 17, 2006

and will finish on November 16, 2010.

Number of Signatories

23 countries have signed the MoU, one country /Luxembourg/ has expressed officially the wish to sign.


Signatories: list of countries and date of signature

  • Austria 03/11/2006
  • Bulgaria 16/08/2006
  • Croatia 13/03/2007
  • Cyprus 03/10/2006
  • Czech Republic 21/11/2006
  • Denmark 11/05/2006
  • Finland 12/07/2006
  • France 29/11/2006
  • Germany 18/05/2006
  • Greece 19/12/2006
  • Hungary 07/07/2006
  • Ireland 11/05/2006

Italy 17/05/2006

Netherlands 23/05/2006

Norway 10/05/2006

Poland 11/05/2006

Romania 25/07/2006

Serbia 03/11/2006

Slovakia 16/02/2007

Slovenia 28/09/2006

Spain 19/09/2006

Switzerland 15/05/2006

United Kingdom 11/05/2006

Luxembourg 02/05/2007 Intention


The main objective of the Action is the evaluation of possible impacts from climate change and variability on agriculture, and the assessment of critical thresholds for various European areas.

More specifically, the proposed COST Action will be structured to achieve the following objectives:

  • The collection and review of existing agroclimatic indices and simulation models for assessing hazard impacts on various European agricultural areas
  • Relating hazards to climatic conditions
  • Building climate scenarios for the next few decades
  • The definition of harmonised criteria for evaluating the impacts of climatic change and variability on agriculture
  • The definition of warning system guidelines

Phase A - Planning, operational arrangements, establishment of WGs and inventory (First part of 1st Year)

Phase B - Main scientific work to be conducted by each WG (End of 1st Year to end of 3rd Year)

Phase C - WGs activities to be concluded with emphasis on disseminations, reports and final publications (4th Year)



Simone Orlandini

Vice Chairperson

Pavol Nejedlik

DC Rapporteur

Professor Giampiero Maracchi

Science Officer

Paola De Rose

Next: Carine Petit

Administrative Officer

Burcu Dagurkuden

COST members


Agroclimatic Indices and Models

Group Leader: Josef Eitzinger

Working Group 1

Trends in Agroclimatic Indices and Model Outputs

Leader: Vesselin Alexandrov

co-Leader: Elena Mateescu

Working Group 2

Remote Sensing Subgroup

Group Leader: Leonidas Toulios

Working Group 3

Climate change scenarios

Group Leader: Lucka Kajfez Bogataj

Risk Assessment and Foreseen Impacts on Agriculture

Group Leader: Jorgen Edvind Olesen

co-Leader: Miroslav Trnka

Working Group 4


External contacts: WMO

Strong scientific cooperation was defined with the Agricultural MeteorologyDivision of the World Meteorological Organization. Joint activities will be planned, as well as the possible organisation of common meetings and conferences together with the relevant expert teams of CAgM will be considered.

Collaborations were defined with WMO activities in the frame of climate change impact and particularly with:

Open Program Area Group (OPAG): ET on impact of climate risks in vulnerable areas: agrometeorological monitoring and coping strategies; ET on drought and extreme temperatures: preparedness and management for sustainable agriculture, rangelands, forestry, and fisheries

WAMIS “World AgroMeteorological InformationService”

International Society of Agricultural Meteorology (INSAM)


External contacts:Joint Research Centre

The participation of delegates nominated by theJoint research centre of Ispra,represents very important point for the establishment of direct cooperation with European Commission:

Institute for the protection and security of the citizen - Agricultural and fisheries unit


Fabio Micale

Giampiero Genovese


External contacts: other COST Actions

COST 725

Establishing a European Phenological Data Platform for Climatological Applications

Andreja Susnik

COST 726

Long term changes and climatology of UV radiation over Europe

Tor Sivertsen


Advances in homogenisation methods of climate series: an integrated approach

Vesselin Alexandrov


External contacts: Research projects

ACCRETe Elena Mateescu

CECILIA Tomas Halenka

KLIMA2 Christian Kersebaum

IPCC Lucka Kajfez Bogatai

ENSEMBLESco-ordinated by Dave Griggs,

(Director of Climate Research at the Met Office's Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research)

CLAVIER Daniela Jacob


A collaboration with Climate Change and Energy Group of European Protection Agency was also defined

EEA intend to include various indicators on changes

in plant species and growing season, e.g. in natural ecosystems and agriculture.

External contacts:EEA


External contacts: AEA Energy & Environment

AEA are currently working on the European Commission project 'Adaptation to Climate Change in the Agricultural Sector‘, gathering information on national agricultural adaptive strategies.

AEA would like to invite COST 734 to participate in this via the use of an online questionnaire this June. 

This questionnaire is intended to confirm and expand on the picture of national adaptation that has emerged to date.  In particular, gathering additional information on:* Communication and awareness raising* Extension and advisory services* Insurance and weather derivative schemes


Web site

The web site of the Action was set up and is now fully operational.

All participants are encouraged to send a short CV, EoC and photo to Federica Rossi /, together with information to update the site



The following publications were supported by the Action:

“Teaching programme of Training Summer School on Agrometeorological Simulation”

in collaboration with Prof. Nicolas Dalezios


“Weather, Climate and Farmers”

in collaboration with WMO


Presentations and reports

Advances in homogenization methods of climate series: An integrated approach-Vesselin Alexandrov-

Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis Working Group I Contribution to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. SPM accepted February 1st 2007 in Paris -Lucka Kajfez Bogataj-

An Overview of Environmental Hazards Related to Crops in Greece-Nicolas Dalezios-

Report on COST ACTION 734 contribution to Rio conference–Simone Orlandini-


Held MCM

20-22/05/2007 Poznan ( PL ) 3rd MC+WGs meeting

21-23/02/2007 Florence ( IT ) 2ndMC+WGs meeting

16-17/11/2006 Brussels ( BE ) 1st MC meeting

21/04/2006 Brussels ( BE ) Kick-off meeting of 734


Other held meetings

16/04/2007 Novi Sad ( RS ) Expert meeting

05/09/2006 Ljubljana ( SI ) Expert meeting at the EMS Conference

17/07/2006 Helsinki ( FI ) Climate Risk Conference


Planned meetings

  • 31/05/2007 Brussels ( BE ) Expert meeting

MCM2/D6 Valentin Kazandjev, BG to Austria

MCM2/D7 Veska Georgieva, BG to Austria

MCM2/D8 Christos Dominikiotis, GR to Denmark.

MCM2/D9 Emanuel Tzinos, GR to Italy.

Already done

To be done

Short term scientific mission


Self evaluation

The participation of members already involved in previous Actions allowed the consolidation of group and the acquired experience represents an important point for the success of the planned activities.

This, together with the organization of the kick off meeting in April 2006, allows a reasonable start of the activities and the establishment, after only few months from the first MC, of a very good working team with well defined goals and activities.


Future work plan. 1


To evaluate the data collected with the questionnaires: understanding of the questions, number of received answers, improvement of structures

To finish the collection of information from all the countries

To define the method of analysis

To finalize this activity: timetable, preparation of publication, dissemination of the results at European level for a deep transfer of the results.


Future work plan. 2


  • Participation to EMS
  • Next MCM, WG

WGs Activity

  • Definition of case studies according to the list of priority elaborated at 1MCM in Brussels
  • Collection of data and models
  • Analysis of data and preparation of written reports
  • Personal activity
  • The EoC is required before October 2007
expression of commitment
Expression of commitment

Typically, an individual EoC should contain a clear, specific and brief description of the intended contribution (ca. 2 pages), including at least the following elements:

  • Name of proposer(s), institution, contact information, title of contribution;
  • Which objective(s) of the MoU it will address;
  • Which parts of the scientific programme of the MoU it is concerned with;
  • What deliverables it will produce within the Action;
  • An indicative timetable for performing the proposed tasks;
  • How much manpower will be approximately dedicated to the Action;
  • Assurance that the necessary resources will be available;
  • Foreseen collaboration;
  • A short statement on previous experience in the field (incl. up to 5 relevant publications).

A good EoC should address the following criteria:

- Fit the Action's objectives;

- Originality and quality of the proposed research;

- Practical added-value to the Action;