|Startclim 2006.F - The impact of climate change on heating and cooling energy demand in Austria
|University of Vienna, Dept. of Meteorology
Joanneum Research Graz, Institute of Technology and Regional Development
Wegener Center for Climate und Global Change, University of Graz, EconClim Research Group
|Sep. 2006 - Aug. 2007
In this project we investigate the impact of climate change on heating and cooling degree-days for Austria on a regional basis.
Based on a climatology of the Alps with high temporal and spatial resolution and a climate change scenario for the 2040s, the expected change in degree-days can be calculated for all over the country. This enables us to combine this data with socio-economic data: The relevancy of degree-day changes for the future energy demand will be investigated in combination with population density, population growth and building structure.
In addition to an examination of the changes in degree-days, weighted with socio-economic data, a detailed comparison of three chosen regions with different climatic backgrounds will be done regarding seasonality, length and intensity of heating and cooling periods.