On 12 March 2014, the results of the EURO-CORDEX initiative and the Representative Concentration Pathways were presented to 25 scientists and administrators at the WIFO’s conference hall in Vienna.

The aim of the event was to introduce these new data to the climate impact research community and to promote scientific discourse on the topic. For this purpose, the presentations by Ass. Prof. Andreas Gobiet and Dr Keywan Riahi were complemented by giving the participants opportunity to voice and discuss questions and concerns.
Ass. Prof. Andreas Gobiet of the Karl-Franzens-University’s Wegener Centre in Graz is the coordinator of an international cooperation of 27 research institutions who are developing unprecedentedly detailed climate scenarios for Europe within the context of the EURO-CORDEX initiative. The scenarios provide information on the major changes expected to occur until the end of the 21st century, including extreme weather events, such as droughts, heat waves, and heavy precipitation events. They are intended to serve as a basis for climate impact research in Europe.

The innovative climate simulations make use of the new Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) which, as compared to the thus far employed SRES emission scenarios, do not focus on emission but on the concentration and radiative forcing of greenhouse gases. The development of one of the Concentration Pathways was headed by Dr Keywan Riahi at the International Institute for Applies Systems Analysis (IIASA).

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