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International Summer School on Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ISSAOS 2010)

 Climatic Change and Impact on Natural and Protected Areas

30 August – 3 September 2010

L’Aquila, ITALY

Director: Prof. Martin Beniston

Purpose: The purpose of the summer school is to revisit the concepts and ideas of a previous workshop held almost 10 years ago, about Global Change and Protected Areas (September 1999 in L'Aquila), to assess progress that has been made in our scientific ability to generate detailed climate projections at the regional scale that are of use to impact modelers, stakeholders and decision-makers working in the context of protected natural areas. The main objective of the school are thus to provide the students with an insight into climate and impacts modeling techniques, as well as environmental monitoring and decision-making strategies for regions that are not always easily accessible and rich in data. There will be ample opportunity to sample interdisciplinary approaches to complex environmental problems and to exchange ideas and questions between the lecturers and the students.

Topics: Introduction and relevance to protected areas

  • Global change and mountain regions
  • Climate system and impacts
  • Observing and modeling techniques for protected areas
  • Remote Sensing
  • Climate Modeling
  • Hydrological Modeling
  • Extreme Events
  • Projected climate impacts
  • Ecological systems
  • Forests
  • Aquatic systems
  • Wildlife