The overall objective of CRiSDA is to support knowledge-based comprehensive climate-risk management (CRM) by developing a participatory process for co-creating and researching essential tools and methodologies towards a drought climate risk service for Austria.

Together with potential end-users, a co-creation methodology for identifying the requirements of such a service will be developed and employed. Moreover, CRiSDA will add a climate risk perspective to climate services, by broadening the concept from a hazard focus towards risk through the inclusion of exposure and vulnerability.

The CRiSDA project is structured around the following four main objectives:

  1. The first aim is to analyse the current state of climate (risk) services in Austria, including a stocktaking of stakeholders and to identify the demands and possible barriers for climate risk services in general, and for drought risk in particular.
  2. The second aim, which is led by IIASA's Equity and Justice (EQU) Research Group, is to develop - together with potential end-users at different policy scales in Austria - a co-creation methodology to identify the requirements of a drought climate risk service.
  3. The third aim is to develop climate risk service components for drought risk, developing and integrating information on drought risk, including data and information on the components of hazard, exposure and vulnerability.
  4. The fourth aim is to synthesise knowledge and insights gained, and develop recommendations for climate risk services in general, which are able to support a comprehensive CRM - based on the needs of end-users and decision-making.
CRiSDA core concept © CRiSDA project team

CRiSDA core concept: (a) IPCC risk concept and the expansion of climate services towards climate risk services, (b) CRM approach linked to CRiSDA

In CRiSDA we will employ a climate risk perspective to climate services, in order to lay the foundations for a climate risk service for droughts (see Fig). This aims to be beneficial at the intersection of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), and it systemically considers all three components of climate risk (see Fig). A comprehensive climate risk service is not only a novel approach to bridge the gaps between CCA and DRM in practice but also instrumental along the whole CRM cycle (see Schinko et al. 2017, Leitner et al. 2020) for the Austrian context, which is supported by other international findings (e.g. Räsänen et al. 2017). Building on experiences from other contexts, e.g. early warning systems (e.g. Preuner et al. 2017), one potential way forward to close the science-policy gap and turn towards demand-driven approaches is the use of stakeholder-driven, participatory co-creation approaches. The advantages of employing such approaches for developing cli-mate risk services include the potential for providers of services to tailor information to users’ specific contexts and needs within inclusive co-design processes (Hewitt et al. 2017, Palutikof et al. 2019). Consequently, a facilitated, online co-creation workshop with key stakeholders and potential end-users was already held on 15 January 2021, during the proposal stage. This open dialogue supported the identification of requirements of users and the joint development of objectives of CRiSDA, and reflected the starting point of the comprehensive co-creation process that will be coordinated by EQU researchers Alberto Fresolone, Thomas Schinko, and Thomas Thaler throughout the two-year project.

Project details

Project duration: 1 October 2022 – 30 November 2024
Funding Agency: Österreichischer Klima- und Energiefonds (Austrian Climate and Energy Fund)
Funding Program: Austrian Climate Research Program (ACRP), ACRP – 13th Call, KR20AC0K17979

Thematic Area: Specific support for Austria’s policymakers





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