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Project name:ADAPT.AT - Adaptation to Climate Change in Austria
Project leader:Birgit Bednar-Friedl
Project team:Birgit Bednar-Friedl (Senior Postdoc: project lead, macroeconomic modeling of impacts of and adaptation to climate change, uncertainty analysis),
Andreas Gobiet (Senior Postdoc: project coordination in regional climate modeling, uncertainty analysis),
Georg Heinrich (PhD student: climatological uncertainty analysis),
Olivia Koland (PhD student: macroeconomic effects of adapation in agriculture),
Thomas Schinko (PhD student: gmacroeconomic effects of adapation in tourism),
Matthias Themeßl (PhD student: regional climate scenarios and impact indicators),
Christoph Töglhofer (PhD student: sectoral effects and adaptation in tourism),
Heimo Truhetz (Post-Doc:Co-Project leader ReLoClim)
Karl Steininger (Senior PostDoc: scientific supervision)
Partners:Institute for Sustainable Economic Development (INWE)/Department of Economics and Social Sciences (WISO) at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna(BOKU)
Center for Economic and Innovation Research (Joanneum Research)


This project is sponsored by the Austrian Climate and Energy Funds in the frame of the "ACRP"-program



As a supplement to the mitigation of climate change, adaptation is seen as a necessity for coping with the impacts of climate change that cannot be avoided. The assessment of vulnerability and of options for adaptation requires an integration (or coupling) of climate and economic models. We develop a coupled dynamic climate-economic model system for Austria that can be used for evaluating potential adaptation options in two climate sensitive sectors, agriculture and tourism. Building on high-resolution climate change scenarios, the bottom-up sectral models for agriculture and tourism are embedded in a recursive dynamic general equilibrium framework to incorporate macroeconomic feedback effects. The huge uncertainties involved over the time scales relevant for climate change are addressed by model validation and reliability analysis.

Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr.rer.soc.oec.

Birgit Bednar-Friedl

Phone:+43 316 380 - 7107

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