Workshop to define an observation platform for monitoring climate change in the Basque Country
The partner entities collaborating in the development of the 'Climate Change Hub': Ihobe, Naturklima, Azti, Neiker and Tecnalia participated on 27 May in a working session to advance in the definition of the indicators that will form part of the system for monitoring and observing climate change in the Basque Country, which they want to launch at the end of this year.
Experts in meteorology, the marine environment and the agroforestry sector debated on the need for these indicators to be:
- Understandable for users with different levels of knowledge, from the general public to expert users.
- Show the trend of climate change.
- The results must be a reflection of what is shown by the scientific evidence.
Among the indicators that will be part of this platform there will be:
- Weather and climate indicators derived from temperature and rainfall, such as the number of heatwaves, number of tropical nights or drought-related indexes.
- Physical/chemical parameters of the sea such as pH, temperature, average level or height of waves.
- Indicators related with the marine fauna and microfauna such as benthic communities, marine meadows, cetaceans and sea birds.
- Indicators related to health such as infectious vectors, abundance of mosquitos and ticks.
- Indicators from the marine medium related to health such as anisakiasis in commercial fish.
Once the indicators that will be part of the platform in this first phase have been selected, the work over the next few months will focus on testing the most adequate forms of representation under the criteria mentioned.
This project is being undertaken within the framework of action C.9.1 Climate change hub: Observation and monitoring system.
Partner entities: Naturklima, Azti, Neiker and TECNALIA.