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Climate Report 2015: about observed and future climate changes in Flanders and Belgium

Issue 26-10-2015‘To what extent is climate change already visible in Flanders and Belgium?’ and ‘What are the expectations for the future?’, these are the central questions in the Climate Report 2015.

An analysis of existing environmental indicators, supplemented with new indicators for drought and the urban heat island effect, provides the answer to the first question. Scenario analyses map out the bandwidth of the expectations for the future. They are based on the most recent scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations (IPCC). Furthermore, the report for the first time examines potential spatial differences in climate change within Flanders and surroundings. Attention is also paid to the potential effects of climate change for public health and water management. Finally, this report dwells on the threat of tipping points in our climate system, and on how to deal with the uncertainties that are inherently associated with the climate scenarios.

The Climate Report 2015 bridges the gap between science and policy. For the compilation of the report MIRA could rely on a diverse group of experts from KU Leuven (Catholic University Leuven), VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research), RMI (Royal Meteorological Institute) and VMM (Flanders Environment Agency). They brought together the latest figures and insights in this report to facilitate their widespread dissemination and integration into policy-making.

The report comes with 5 scientific research reports, which are also accessible online:

The 'Climate Report 2015: about observed and future climate changes in Flanders and Belgium'  was published on 17th September 2015.

Flood-prone areas showing the impact of climate change (high scenario) are available on www.waterinfo.be/geoloket and via the associated webmap service (WMS). For a large part of the first category non-navigable watercourses these maps show the flood extent and water depth by 2100 with high, medium and low probability.

researchers: MIRA, the Environment Reporting Unit in cooperation with experts of KU Leuven, VITO, KMI and VMM

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