Vienna, Austria




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 the University of Vienna. The climate department of ZAMG will be in charge of the MEDCLIVAR activities. The division has a long experience in climate and climate change related national and international projects. It is experienced in formal and informal collaboration with the Weather Services in Europe as well as to a number of national and international research institutes and has the necessary staff and equipment for the requirements necessary for supra-national data-related climate research. Besides the key persons from ZAMG’s climate variability group, there may be additional support of the project by other staff of the climate department. The support includes also the use of the computational resources of ZAMG.



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% of Europe), and keeps the series in station mode (more than 200 sites, original and homogenised) and in different grid-modes (1 deg lat long to 10’ resolution). It may be taken as an example for wider regions of Europe, as for example the Mediterranean.

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 Alps with the GAR only being a prominent but not the only one). Some of them steepen the climatic borders of the Mediterranean and are also therefore of special interest. The Alps for example clearly and steeply separate the Mediterranean from the North (winter vs. summer precipitation maximum etc…).

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.