ZAMG: CENTRAL INSTITUTE FOR METEOROLOGY AND GEODYNAMICS
ZAMG is the Austrian weather
service. As member of WMO, EUMETNET and ECOMET it is in close co-operation with
the other potential data holders in the study area of the project. It has also
close scientific relations to the Institute for Meteorology and Geophysics of
Contribution to MedCLIVAR and Available Facilities
Starting at national
level in the early 1990s, ZAMG has continuously and increasingly assembled
expertise on climate data rescue, exchange, quality assessment and analysis.
Based on this expertise (and on a stock of respective programmes, procedures,
data…) ZAMG has created and maintains HISTALP (Historical Instrumental Surface
Climatological Time Series of the ALPine Region), a databank of
long-term (back to the late 18th century), spatially dense (recent
mean station distance 50 to 70 km) homogenised (several 1000s breaks, outliers
removed, gaps filled) monthly instrumental climate (several climate elements)
time series. HISTALP covers so far the GAR (4 to 19 deg E, 43 to 49 deg N, 7%
ZAMG’s contributions to MEDCLIVAR will consequently be centred to data-QM in general and to the inhomogeneity problem in special. Procedures, programmes and knowledge can be provided (workshops, training courses…) in order to increase the respective basis for climate variability research in the MEDCLIVAR target region.
The second contribution
of ZAMG may be the expertise on climate and climate variability research in mountainous regions. Most of the
Mediterranean is framed by extensive mountain chains (the
A third focal point could be a typical climate impact in mountainous regions: the sensitivity of glaciers to climate variability and change.
Names of responsible scientist and additionally involved personnel
Dr. Reinhard Böhm (rs)
Dr. Ingeborg Auer
DR. Wolfgang Schöner
Short CV of responsible scientist
Dr. Reinhard Böhm is working at ZAMG since 1973. At present he is head of ZAMG’s working group of climate variability and change. Since the late 1970s he has been involved in climate variability research, concentrating on questions of homogeneity, time series analysis, Alpine climatology and glaciology. He was PI of the climatological part of the EC-project ALPCLIM, and at present he is co-ordinator of the EC Project ALP-IMP (EVK2-2001-00241). He has published some 130 scientific papers.