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Startclim 2006.F

Project name: Startclim 2006.F - The impact of climate change on heating and cooling energy demand in Austria
Project leader:Franz Prettenthaler
Project team:Andreas Gobiet
Heimo Truhetz
Andreas Türk
Christoph Töglhofer
Partners: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.


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Prettenthaler, F., A. Gobiet, C. Habsburg-Lothringen, R. Steinacker, C.
Töglhofer, A. Türk,
Auswirkungen des Klimawandels auf Heiz-und Kühlenergiebedarf in
Österreich (in German),
Project Report, Wegener Center, Universtity of Graz, Joanneum Research
Graz, Austria, 2007.


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