Regional Availability of Climate Knowledge in the Baltic Sea Region
Efforts are underway to make climate data in the Baltic Sea region more easily accessible. As part of a project supported by the International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), from December 2010 on, exchange between representatives of science and practice from Germany, Poland, Sweden and other Baltic Sea countries will be strengthened.
Ecologic Institute and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, supported by other RADOST partners and in cooperation with the University of Szczecin in Poland and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, will be organizing joint activities of international scientists that will take place in Germany and Poland.
The project serves to foster the exchange between providers and users of climate data. Its goal is to improve the supply of processed data, in order to support climate change adaptation among public and private stakeholders. Discussions will focus on the benefits and potential of existing information tools from the users’ point of view as well as possible conceptual improvements and international expansion of existing instruments.
The internet-based North German Climate Atlas of the North German Climate Office will serve as one basis model and could be extended to other countries of the Baltic Sea region. Although highly developed climate service tools are available in, for instance, Sweden, in other countries, like Poland, climate data are more fragmented.