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Future Imperfect: Climate Change and Adaptation in the Carpathians

24 Sep 2014

This synthesis report is directed at policy makers and the public in the Carpathian region. It brings together important findings and recommendations about climate change impacts and adaptation from three linked research studies funded by the European Commission:

• Climate of the Carpathian Region (CARPATCLIM), led by the Hungarian Meteorological Service, harmonized historic climate data from 1961–2010. Its main aim was to improve climate data to investigate how the regional climate has changed over this period. It produced a high-resolution database for the Larger Carpathian Region, freely available at www.carpatclim-eu.org.
• Carpathian Integrated Assessment of Vulnerability to Climate Change and Ecosystem-based Adaptation Measures (CARPIVIA) assessed the vulnerability to climate change of the Carpathian region’s main ecosystems. The project produced an inventory of climate change effects and ecosystem-based adaptation measures. For further information see www.carpivia.eu.
• Climate change in the Carpathian Region examined the vulnerability of water, soil, forests, ecosystems and related production systems. It pro- posed concrete ecosystem-based adaptation measures, and it assessed their costs and benefits. For further information see www.carpathcc.eu.

Together these studies raise awareness about the ex- tent and impacts of climate change in six important sectors in the Carpathian region: water resources, forests, wetlands, grasslands, agriculture and tourism. They also support an informed and rapid response by decision-makers in the region in order to reduce the effects of climate change.
The studies show that temperature and precipitation are changing throughout the Carpathians.

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