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Project name:CC-Snow - Effects of Climate Change on Future Snow Conditions in Tyrol and Styria
Project leader:Ulrich Strasser (Institute of Geography, University of Graz)
Andreas Gobiet (Wegener Centre for Climate and Global Change)
Project team:Wilcke Renate Anna Irma (PhD Student: Statistical Downscaling)
Armin Leuprecht (Senior PostDoc: Statistical Downscaling)
Partners:Institute of Geography, University of Innsbruck (Austria)
Dr. Hannes Kleindienst, GRID-IT, Innsbruck (Austria)



Duration:Jan. 2010 - Dec. 2011



CC-Snow aims at utilizing improved future climate scenario simulations to determine the effect of climate change on future natural snow conditions in the Austrian Alps. A sophisticated interface will be developed to provide adequate climate model output for a deterministic snow model at the local scale of the test sites Kitzbühel and Schladming. Resulting high resolution snow cover pattern time series will be used to train a regional scale snow model with long-term predictive capabilities to be applied for Tyrol and Styria. Inferred from the climate scenarios, indicators will be derived to describe conditions of future artificial snow production. Errors are tracked along the modelling path from the climate simulation through both scales of snow simulations. The results represent a basis for further investigations of climate change effects on winter tourism and economy.


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