Project:Building National Capacity in using Modeling Tools for Climate Change Vulnerability and Climate Impact Assessments
Client:European Commission
Program:Clima East: Support to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Russia and ENP East Countries
Objective:To increase the capacity in Armenia to use modeling tools for qualified assessment of the climate vulnerability and for the analysis of adaptation measures, with a focus on water and agriculture. A number of national experts will be trained by means of several theoretical and practical workshops.

This project will build up the capacity of Armenian hydro-meteorological professionals in selecting and using models for analyzing climate change impacts and vulnerability. The focus will be on climate change impacts and vulnerability of water resources, agriculture and natural disasters. The project will enhance the professional’s capacity in i) collecting and processing of model input data and ii) the selection and use of an appropriate model/tool to analyse climate change impacts and vulnerability.

This project will build capacity in the hydro-meteorological professionals in Armenia in using appropriate models for projections of climate change impacts and vulnerability in priority sectors and areas of the country. The technical assistance in vulnerability modelling will fill the gaps in vulnerability assessment with projections in the priority areas in order to facilitate identification of proper adaptation measures in them. The priority areas that need the most attention are water resources, agriculture and water-related disasters.

The target group of the technical assistance will be the specialists from hydro-meteorological offices, Agricultural Universities or affiliated scientific centres and other Armenian entities from relevant sector(s). To ensure success of the technical assistance the selected professionals should have expertise in Climate Change subjects, particularly in adaptation, and good technical knowledge of their sector(s) and models.

The project will enable the country’s hydro-meteorological professionals to have properly selected, – based on the country’s specifics, – modelling tool(s) for assessing vulnerability of the priority sector(s), and the capacity of using it in practice. The professionals will also gain capacity in using methods for filling gaps in the data collection process. This capacity will ensure identification of proper adaptation measures for the sectoral adaptation plan to climate change.

The project activity consists of two steps/tasks to be implemented in sequential order:

  1. Selection of a modelling tool/software for vulnerability assessment of the priority areas (agriculture, water resources, and optionally the related natural extreme events)
  2. Training of hydro-meteorological professionals in use of the selected modelling tool/software for vulnerability assessment of the priority sectors/areas

Task 1 ended with the selection of the modelling tool AquaCrop. FutureWater will now provide training in Armenia by:

  • Enhancing the professional’s capacity in the data collection process (improving accessibility to data, methods for estimation for missing data)
  • Providing hands-on training of the professionals in the model/tool use (including conduction of vulnerability assessment  for relevant sector(s) and the analysis of the results)

Publications

  • 2017 - FutureWater Report 162Hunink, J.E., P. Droogers. 2017. Assistance in using Modeling Tools for Climate Change Vulnerability and Impact Assessment. Armenia. FutureWater Report 162.X

    Assistance in using Modeling Tools for Climate Change Vulnerability and Impact Assessment, Armenia

    Hunink, J.E., P. Droogers