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Weather impacts on natural, social and economic systems. German report

Abstract

The EU project Weather Impacts on Natural, Social and Economic Systems (WISE) has analysed impacts of current climate variability to evaluate the sensitivity of today's society to extreme weather. Unlike studies of anticipated impacts of climate change, WISE did not rely on scenarios and projections, but on existing and newly collected data. The research involved (i) the statistical modelling of meteorological and sectoral time series, aimed at quantifying the impacts of changing weather variables on sector output, (ii) a population survey, aimed at investigating public perception of and behavioural response to unusually hot and dry summers and mild winters, and (iii) a management survey, aimed at obtaining insight into managers' awareness and perception of the importance of extreme weather on their operations. The three activities revealed a wealth of data and information, providing relevant insights into Germany's sensitivity to and perception of extreme weather events. Sectors that were analysed included agriculture, outdoor fire, water supply, human health, electricity and gas consumption and tourism. It appears from the statistical modelling that extreme weather can have impressive impacts on all sectors, especially when expressed in monetary terms. However, weather variability is generally considered a manageable risk, to which sectors in Germany appear  More>>
Publication Date:
May 01, 2000
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
PIK-59
Reference Number:
EDB-01:029512
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: May 2000
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; WEATHER; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS; CLIMATIC CHANGE; AGRICULTURE; FORESTS; HEALTH HAZARDS; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; STORMS
Sponsoring Organizations:
European Commission (CEC), Brussels (Belgium)
OSTI ID:
20108456
Research Organizations:
Potsdam-Institut fuer Klimafolgenforschung (PIK), Potsdam (Germany)
Country of Origin:
Germany
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: Contract EU ENV4-CT97-0448; TRN: DE00GD919
Availability:
Available to ETDE participating countries only(see www.etde.org); commercial reproduction prohibited; OSTI as DE20108456
Submitting Site:
DE
Size:
168 pages
Announcement Date:
Apr 16, 2001

Citation Formats

Flechsig, M, Gerlinger, K, Herrmann, N, Klein, R J.T., Schneider, M, Sterr, H, and Schellnhuber, H J. Weather impacts on natural, social and economic systems. German report. Germany: N. p., 2000. Web.
Flechsig, M, Gerlinger, K, Herrmann, N, Klein, R J.T., Schneider, M, Sterr, H, & Schellnhuber, H J. Weather impacts on natural, social and economic systems. German report. Germany.
Flechsig, M, Gerlinger, K, Herrmann, N, Klein, R J.T., Schneider, M, Sterr, H, and Schellnhuber, H J. 2000. "Weather impacts on natural, social and economic systems. German report." Germany.
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title = {Weather impacts on natural, social and economic systems. German report}
author = {Flechsig, M, Gerlinger, K, Herrmann, N, Klein, R J.T., Schneider, M, Sterr, H, and Schellnhuber, H J}
abstractNote = {The EU project Weather Impacts on Natural, Social and Economic Systems (WISE) has analysed impacts of current climate variability to evaluate the sensitivity of today's society to extreme weather. Unlike studies of anticipated impacts of climate change, WISE did not rely on scenarios and projections, but on existing and newly collected data. The research involved (i) the statistical modelling of meteorological and sectoral time series, aimed at quantifying the impacts of changing weather variables on sector output, (ii) a population survey, aimed at investigating public perception of and behavioural response to unusually hot and dry summers and mild winters, and (iii) a management survey, aimed at obtaining insight into managers' awareness and perception of the importance of extreme weather on their operations. The three activities revealed a wealth of data and information, providing relevant insights into Germany's sensitivity to and perception of extreme weather events. Sectors that were analysed included agriculture, outdoor fire, water supply, human health, electricity and gas consumption and tourism. It appears from the statistical modelling that extreme weather can have impressive impacts on all sectors, especially when expressed in monetary terms. However, weather variability is generally considered a manageable risk, to which sectors in Germany appear reasonably well-adapted. The population and management surveys reveal both positive and negative impacts of extreme weather. People generally respond to these impacts by adjusting their activities. The utilities (electricity, gas and water) indicate that they are robsut to the current level of weather variability and do not consider climate change an important threat to their operations. The tourism sector experiences impacts but typically takes a reactive approach to adaptation, although it is also developing weather-insensitive products. (orig.)}
place = {Germany}
year = {2000}
month = {May}
}