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. www.cost734.eu. Status of the action. The Action started on November 17, 2006
European COoperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research
Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on European Agriculture
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.
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:
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)
Professor Giampiero Maracchi
Paola De Rose
Next: Carine Petit
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
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)
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
Establishing a European Phenological Data Platform for Climatological Applications
Long term changes and climatology of UV radiation over Europe
Advances in homogenisation methods of climate series: an integrated approach
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.
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
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 /firstname.lastname@example.org/, 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
in collaboration with WMO
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-
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
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
MCM2/D7 Veska Georgieva, BG to Austria
MCM2/D8 Christos Dominikiotis, GR to Denmark.
MCM2/D9 Emanuel Tzinos, GR to Italy.
To be done
Short term scientific mission
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.
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.
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:
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;