July 2013 - 4

The second CLIM-RUN stakeholder workshops

1.1 Introduction
Clare Goodess - UEA, United Kingdom
May and June 2013 have been a busy period for the CLIM-RUN case studies. Stakeholder workshops have been held in almost all of the case-study areas. They have attracted a wide range of stakeholders from governmental, industrial and academic organisations with presentations and discussions taking place in English, French, Italian, Croatian and Greek. The main aims of this second round of workshops were to review the utility of the climate products and information developed in CLIM-RUN based on the user needs identified during the first round of workshops, and to review the process of interaction between CLIM-RUN scientists and case-study stakeholders.

1.2 The tourism sector: the case studies of Tunisia, Savoie, and Croatia

Adeline Cauchy - TEC, France
The second round of workshops on tourism sector was held during the months of May and June in Tunisia, Savoie and Croatia. These workshops provided a new opportunity to deeply interact with stakeholders in the tourism sector on key issues of the project. Climate and stakeholders teams presented a selection of past and future climate products, supposed to answer user needs and improve their decision making in the context of climate change.

1.3 The Northern Adriatic integrated case study

Valentina Giannini - CMCC, Italy
On 28 May 2013 the second workshop for the integrated case study of the Northern Adriatic coast of Italy took place, hosted by ICTP in Trieste. The same stakeholders who had been invited to the first workshop were again invited. This time eleven stakeholders participated from the following institutions: Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia Met services, Friuli Venezia Giulia geologic department and environmental agency, Municipality of Venice, Extension Service of the Rivers Ledra and Tagliamento, and Marine Protected Area of Miramare.

1.4 Climate Information Products at the Maghreb Wind Energy Congress

Peter Schmidt - PIK, Germany; Sandro Calmanti - ENEA, Italy
After the first round of stakeholder workshops in Spain, Cyprus, Croatia and Morocco between spring and autumn 2011, the second round of workshops of the CLIM-RUN energy case study started in May 2013. The most important goal to be pursued is to consolidate interactions with stakeholders in the different case-study regions. More particularly, climate information should be disseminated in the form of climate information products which are drafted in line with the stakeholder needs and wants that were identified during the first rounds of workshops in 2011. Ideally, the second workshops should trigger feedback from stakeholders to further define and improve the climate information products.

1.5 The energy sector – Zagreb, Croatia, June 6th, 2013

Robert Pasicko - UNDP, Croatia
As the nexus between meteorology and energy is getting more and more attention with the growth of investments in renewable energy, it also means that there was an interest from possible stakeholders to participate in a second workshop and to discuss possible climate services available including the Product Sheets prepared within the CLIM-RUN project. The second stakeholder workshop in the energy field was co-organized by DHMZ and UNDP Croatia. Local stakeholders were represented from academic, research, business, consultancy and regulator’s organizations and companies (all together 28 participants).

Seasonal predictability of heavy precipitation events using the CMCC-SPS system. 

Alessio Bellucci, Andrea Borrelli, Stefano Materia and Silvio Gualdi - CMCC, Italy 
The seasonal predictability of daily precipitation extremes over Europe is assessed using the Centro EuroMediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC) Seasonal Prediction System (hereafter CMCC-SPS; Borrelli et al., 2012; Materia et al.,2013).
Extreme precipitation is defined using a percentile based counting method applied to daily gridded observations and corresponding model forecasts. Here we focus on moderate extremes, with a 10% probability of occurrence (i.e., 1 in 10 day events) so as to ensure that the selected events feature a sufficiently large frequency of occurrence and, at the same time, a sizeable impact on the environment.


CLIM-RUN product information sheets

Clare Goodess - UEA, United Kingdom
The CLIM-RUN web site has recently been enriched with new and important material in the ‘Products’ section.  As well as project deliverables and presentations, the first in a series of CLIM-RUN product information sheets are available. These are two-page pdf documents with the following sections: Target groups; Relevance to the case-study requirements; The approach; The product; and, Making the product usable.

The creation of an informed stakeholders and users oriented researchers’ community: the role of the European Projects: CLIM-RUN and EUPORIAS

Paolo Michele Ruti - ENEA, Italy; Carlo Buontempo - METOFFICE, United Kingdom; Orietta Casali - ENEA, Italy
Both CLIM-RUN and EUPORIAS projects devote great attention to the role of stakeholders, and to their concrete needs in carrying out their activities in strategic economic sectors which are particularly affected by climate variability.
CLIM-RUN aims at developing a climate services network for the Mediterranean basin. It has focussed its attention on the energy and, tourism sector and to wild fires as a factor of risk for both tourism and energy in many case studies (including Morocco, Tunisia, Savoie, Cyprus).
The 3rd Governing Board of CLIM-RUN project: Rome, 8-10 July, 2013
The annual meeting of CLIM-RUN project will be held at ENEA’s headquarters on 8-10 July, 2013. (for programme and other information link to : The event will be an occasion for CLIM-RUN participants to make a synthesis of the second round of user workshop and discuss the definition of climate tools to support climate services. A round table on cross-cutting issues and guidelines for European Commission will be also held. About thirty-five participants will attend the event.

Mr Paolo Ruti
CLIM-RUN Project Coordinator
Head Climate & Impact Modeling Laboratory
Energy & Environment Modeling Unit
Ms Clare Goodess
Senior Research Associate
Climatic Research Unit,
School of Environmental Sciences
Ms Maria Dolores Frías
Assistant Professor, Matemática Aplicada
y Ciencias de la Computación
Mr Peter Schmidt
Postdam Institute for
Climate Impact Research

Ms Orietta Casali
Mr Emanuele Lombardi