EGU 2019: Get involved in Climate Change Adaption

The EGU General Assembly 2019 was a great success with over 16,000 scientists from all over the world discussing the disciplines of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences. The focus was on future ways of adapting to climate change. ZAMG researcher Claudia Hahn presented the CLARITY method to help cities adapt to climate change.


"There was great interest in our presentation. Above all, people wanted to know to what extent end users are involved," says Hahn.  CLARITY aims to build and support a vibrant community interested in adapting to climate change. In addition, an integrated tool provides side specific information on climate change risks and suggests adaptation options. "The projects presented were very interesting," summarises Hahn. "The European Climate Data Store Project, for example, collects data from various projects and makes it available to others," says Hahn.


Collecting knowledge about climate change adaption


There have been many presentations about the urban climate, as for example during the “Urban climate, urban biometeorology and science tools for cities” session on Monday, with talks about e.g. different options to produce shade, about the cooling effect of riverside greenways as well as about the devastating effects of a heat wave in Karachi, Pakistan, where recent urbanization, including deforestation and the degradation of mangrove forest aggravated the situation.


Besides presentations about sophisticated models and studies that aim to improve understanding and precise modelling of natural systems, there have also been presentations about simplified approaches, e.g. regarding flood risk mapping, that require less computational effort and make use of available data. Clarity was presented in the “Climate Services – Underpinning Science” Session on Friday afternoon, together with the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), the INDECIS project, a Climate-Based Dengue Early Warning System in Jakarta and two studies evaluating the status of climate services in Africa.


The European Geosciences Union


5,531 oral, 9,432 poster and 1,287 PICO presentations. 683 unique scientific sessions as well as 87 short courses and 338 accompanying events formed an interesting program. The conference was attended by 16,273 scientists from 113 countries, 53% of them under the age of 35, with a lively media presence and coverage as well as thousands of visits to the webstreams and the EGU blog GeoLog. The next EGU General Assembly will take place from 03 to 08 May 2020 in Vienna.