University of Graz (UNIGRAZ), Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change (WegCenter), Austria
Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change
The University of Graz (UniGraz) founded the Wegener Center (WegCenter) in 2005 as an interdisciplinary, internationally-oriented research centre with the overall aim of setting up a national and international centre of excellence in the fields of climate and global change monitoring, analysis, projections, impacts, and policy. It brings together 40 scientists from fields such as geo- and climate physics, meteorology, economics, geography, and regional sciences.
WegCenter’s contribution to the proposed project ACQWA predominantly consists of high-resolution downscaling regional climate model results to appropriate scales for driving hydrological and further models. This task will be conducted by the Regional and Local Climate Modelling and Analysis (ReLoClim) Research Group of WegCenter led by A. Gobiet. The ReLoClim group leads the work package responsible for high-resolution downscaling and, more general, the interface between climate models and climate impact studies in the EU FP6 project CLAVIER (Climate Change and Variability: Impact on Central and Eastern Europe), contributes to Austria’s major project in the field of regional climate modelling and downscaling (reclip:more) in a leading role, conducts several further national projects in the field of regional climate change, and builds on experience of the group members in regional climate modelling and downscaling (dynamical and statistical), climate data analysis, and interdisciplinary studies regarding climate change impacts on water supply, agriculture, and energy production and demand since 2003.
A. Gobiet is vice-director of the Wegener Center, UniGraz and head of its Regional and Local Climate Modelling and Analysis (ReLoClim) research group. He works in the field of regional climate modelling, downscaling, interfaces between climate models and climate change impact research, and uncertainty estimation since 2003, leads and contributes together with his team to several national projects in that field, and is responsible for climate model – climate change impact interfaces and user tailored climate scenarios in the EU projects CLAVIER (FP6), ACQWA (FP7), and ARNICA (CIRCLE).
G. Heinrich studied environmental system sciences with emphasis on physics at the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, Austria. Since 2008 he is PhD student in the ReLoClim research group and focuses on the quantification of uncertainties in future climate change projections. Furthermore, is experienced in interfacing regional climate models with climate change impact models and statistical-empirical downscaling and climate model error correction.
T. Mendlik studied technical mathematics at the Technical University of Graz, Austria and graduaded in 2008 to MSc. He is a member of the ReLoClim research group at WegCenter since 2009 and responsible for statistical methods, and statistical analysis of climate data.
A. Prein is scientist in the ReLoClim research group. He studied physics and environmental system sciences at UniGraz, Austria. Since 2009 he is PhD student in the ReLoClim Research Group and focuses on convection resolving climate simulations, simulation of heavy precipitation events, and the evaluation of very high reloution climate simulaitons.
A. Leuprecht studied mathematics at the Technical University Graz, Austria. In his M.Sc. (graduation 1994) and Ph.D. (graduation 2004) theses he worked on computational fluid dynamics. Since 2006, he is member of the ReLoClim research group, focuses on spatial statistic and is responsible for software design and maintainance.