Proposed set of Climate Change State and Impact Indicators in Europe - ETC/ACC Technical Report, Final Version.

10 Dec 2002

Iulian Petchesi

This report is published here only. It provides a list of climate change state and impact indicators compiled by the ETC/ACC, for the EEA and with input from other ETCs.

The report consists of two main parts:
The first part holds the main Report (390Kb PDF), providing the background of defining the climate change state and impact indicators. At the end, nine main categories containing 49 indicators are defined. They are thought to be suitable to describe the current and possible future trends in climate change and its impacts.
The second part holds the Annex D (670Kb PDF) of the report describing in detail the 49 indicators. These description sheets contain information about the definition and understanding of a particular indicator, its policy relevance, the data available and reliability (incl. list of possible sources) and an argumentation about the availability of the indicators (categorised in short, medium and long-tem, i.e. 0-2 years, 3-5 years, 6-10 years).

The report will be used in follow up activities on detailed analyses of the short-term indicators (e.g. are trends already visible and what are the projections for the coming decades).

Prepared by members of the ETC/ACC: Markus Erhard (1), Jelle van Minnen (2) & Thomas Voigt (3).

(1) Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
(2) National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, the Netherlands
(3) German Federal Environmental Agency