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Multi-centennial climate variability in the Alps based on instrumental data, model simulations and proxy data


Project timeline
March 2003
36 months
February 2006
General Information
ALP-IMP is an integrated research attempt on the unique Alpine instrumental and proxy data potential. It will extend the instrumental period in terms of length and spatial density, introduce new climate elements under strict quality requirements in terms of homogeneity and combine them with the typical Alpine proxy information from tree-ring records, isotopic ice core records and glacier variability records to a consistent picture of at least 1000 years of natural climate variability in the Alpine realm. High resolution regional climate model runs combined with sophisticated statistical analyses is going to study meso-scale internal climate variability patterns in the region as well as the Alpine climate as a whole versus European to global scale variability and change.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaFP5-EESD-2001; Environment and sustainable development, KA 2: Global Change, Climate and Bio-diversity, Better exploitation of existing data and adaptation of existing observing systems (1.1.4.-2.4.1)
Project TypeRTD
Contract NumberEVK2-CT-2002-00148
Co-ordinatorCentral Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics Vienna (AT)
Total Eligible Costs (€) Hereon Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Eduardo Zorita, Institute of Coastal Research, KS Phone: +49-4152-87 1856, (initial contact: Dr. Martin Widmann, Institute for Coastal Research)
E-mail contact
Worldwide Europe

CNRS (FR), Commissariat Energie Atomique CEA (FR), Institut für Hochgebirgsforschung Innsbruck (AT), Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (DE), Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (AT), Universität Zürich (CH), Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik, Wien (AT)
ALP-IMP website

(completed March 2006)

Last Update: 16. April 2021