Bilateral meeting for the discussion of interim development results of the NAGiS Project

[October 2015] A NAGiS Project workshop was held in Szentendre Hungary, at the REC Conference Center on 19 October 2015. The aim of the workshop was to present interim results of the EEA Grants funded NAGiS Project, and that Hungarian and Norwegian experts may discuss their opinions on these results, which can be a help for further development of the system. The event aimed to reveal possibilities for future cooperation too.

The workshop provided an opportunity for the exchange of good practices and experiences of climate change modelling, data gathering, processing and other related fields. Experts of the Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary (MFGI) presented the results so far of the EEA Grants funded, EEA-C11-1 project for the establishment of the National Adaptation Geo-information System. They presented the studies and results on the effects of climate change on groundwaters, drinking water protection areas, natural habitats and flash flood risk. Partner projects of the EEA funded 'Adaptation to Climate Change Programme' - RCMGiS, CRIGiS, AGRATeR and Long-term socio-economic forecasting for Hungary were also introduced by project promoters. These research will create data layers for maps and input data for NAGiS.

The Norwegian partners - The Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB), Hordaland County Council - held presentations on research, projects and initiatives related to climate change and adaptation. The participants discussed possibilities of cooperation in the final section of the workshop.

Participants of the workshop took a study tour to Tard and Cserépváralja villages on 20 October. They visited a local attraction, the cave-dwellings and a natural habitat, where information is gathered for the ecological research of NAGiS. Imelda Somodi, a research fellow of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Ecological Sciences, Centre for Ecological Research introduced the changes of the site in the recent decades, and expectable directions of further changes. The most important information on the site may be read in the Field Guide, clicking here.

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