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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.

 

School of Social Sciences

The Environmental Systems Research Group, ESRG, within the School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee, is internationally recognised for its scientific research into the impacts of climate change on the operation of natural Earth systems such as the hydrological cycle and for its pioneering research into flood risk and glacier fluctuations.

One of UNIVDUN’s key objectives is to engage water law, policy and science researchers in joined-up new approaches to respond more coherently and completely to water resources management issues. As a founding member of the UNESCO HELP (Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy) programme and the Universities Partnership for Trans-boundary Waters, Dundee seeks to be a world leader in advancing innovative operational responses to the water-related challenges of the future. UNIVDUN is also serves as Regional Coordinating Centre for HELP basins based in Europe. Dundee is also internationally recognized for its scientific research into the impacts of climate change on the operation of natural Earth systems such as the hydrological cycle and for its pioneering research into flood risk and glacier fluctuations. UNIVDUN has provided expert input into a variety of interdisciplinary projects including UNECE/UNEP Experts’ Report on Compliance; UNESCO Experts’ Report on Water Law/Conflict/Cooperation; UN WMO Experts Report on Legal Aspects of Integrated Flood Management; UNESCO/DFID Legal Assessment Model; World Bank training modules for Trans-boundary Water Law; and UNEP Global Environmental Outlook Report (Water Chapter). UNIVDUN participates in two EU FP6 projects BRAHMATWINN AND STRIVER.

Mr Andrew Allan is acting as co-leader of work package 4. His research interests concern national water allocation frameworks and governance of water resources, and include implementation of IWRM, flood management, participatory irrigation systems and the effectiveness of governance regimes. Most recently, he has provided expert advice to the Government of Kazakhstan on improving the law affecting farmer-managed irrigation systems, and has developed a system of indicators to evaluate the implementation of governance in the context of climate change as part of BRAHMATWINN.

Dr Benjamin Brock obtained his PhD in the areas of glaciology and meteorology at the University of Cambridge. He is a lecturer in physical geography and is an associate member of the Dundee UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science. His research interests are in glacier-climate interactions, the meteorology and hydrology of mountain regions and the numerical modelling of glacier melt. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Europe and South America and is principal investigator on a UK government research council funded project on the impact of climate change on debris-covered glaciers. His main contribution will be to the development of a glacier model (Subtask 3.3.2) and will supervise the work of a research assistant appointed under this project.

Dr Alistair Rieu-Clarke’s main area of research involves the analysis of legal frameworks for managing trans-boundary waters and the development of water governance indicators, and the role of water law within the wider IWRM context. His current activities include acting as principal investigator for the Dundee UNESCO Centre on two EU FP6 twining projects (BRAHMATWINN and STRIVER), and a collaborative project between WWF-International, GWP West Africa and the Dundee UNESCO Centre to assess the role and relevance of International Water Law in Europe and Africa.