12 Nov 2012

Climate seminar in Budapest: climate adaptation for urbanised areas

On 6 November 2012 a seminar was held in Budapest in Hungary.

The objective of the seminar was to give an introduction to today’s knowledge about Climate change and future changes with regard to specific factors that influence and have an impact on integrated urban water and water resource management. 

The event was organised by DHI jointly with the Hungarian Engineering Chamber and with support from DHI Sweden. It took place at Czech Centrum in Budapest. The event stressed the methods and approaches to climate changes and adaptations used in Scandinavia for several years. More than 50 people participated in the event representing various types of organisations (state and public sector) and field of expertise (water, environmental, city and spatial planning, governance, policy).

Mr Novaky from Academy of Science provided an introduction to climate change issues related to Hungary, the Head of the Hungarian Engineer Chamber and an expert from Budapest Technical University introduced the issue from an engineering design perspective. Approaches and suggestions for planning and implementing climate adaptation plans were presented by DHI experts, pointing on existing climate adaptation guidelines and the potential of coupled numerical models (e.g. MIKE FLOOD) in use in various fields. 

Climate seminar in Hungary

A spatial decision support system, of which development was coordinated by DHI, was shown by its user VATI – a system that has been introduced for strategic and spatial planning for the client. Beside DHI experts from various DHI offices (Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary) who showed case studies, Hungarian lead speakers presented the local issues and opened the floor for discussions. 

Climate change scenario related issues (e.g. rainfall) and its potential impact on urban water management were discussed from a technical perspective, including integrated approaches to water resource management as well as its role in infrastructure development. The seminar provided a platform for stakeholders, designers how to deal with Climate change issue and hints on how to get closer to develop regional or even city level strategies by utilising the benefits from already existing good examples and approaches throughout Europe.