The nations in central and eastern Europe (CEE) face triple challenges of the ongoing economic and political transition, continuing vulnerability to environmental hazards, and longer term impacts of global climate change. The overall aim of the EU FP6 project CLAVIER (CLimate ChAnge and Variability: Impact on Central and Eastern EuRope) is to make a contribution to successfully cope with these challenges. Three representative CEE Countries are studied in detail: Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria.
In the framework of CLAVIER, ongoing and future climate changes are analysed based existing data and on climate projections with very high detail to fulfill the need of local and regional impact assessment. Researchers from 6 countries and different disciplines investigate linkages between climate change and its impact on weather patterns, air pollution, extreme events, and on water resources. Furthermore, an evaluation of the economic impact on agriculture, tourism, energy supply and the public sector is conducted.
The CLAVIER project is supported by the European Commission's 6th Framework Programme (contract number 037013) as a 3 year Specific Targeted Research Project from 2006 to 2009 under the Thematic Sub-Priority "Global Change and Ecosystems".