Technical meetings in Warsaw and Poznań – December 2016 and January 2017

A Technical meeting of CHASE-PL partners took place adjacent to the CHIHE conference in Warsaw on 5 December 2016. Benefiting of presence of representatives of all three partners discussion on actual project matters was held.

On 18 and 19 January 2017 Prof. Okruszko paid a working visit to Poznań to discuss project-related matters with CHASE-PL scientists of IAFE PAS. Outcome of the meeting (related to the book) was next discussed electronically with Norwegian Partners.

CHASE-PL Project meeting in Oslo – February 2016

The second meeting of the CHASE-PL Project consortium was held in Oslo In the MET Norwey Institute, on 16 and 17 February 2016. It was attended by 13 experts, therein seven representatives of MET Norway and six representatives of Polish consortium partners (three from each, IAFE PAS and WULS).
The programme of the meeting was rich in technical matters, reflecting the progress made in project implementation and plans of the remaining work to be accomplished within the project. It was felt that the project clearly reached a harvest phase, with a lot of work to be done on finalising scientific papers to be submitted to peer-reviewed journals as well as on the book.
Technical presentations delivered on the first day included introductory paper of project co-ordinator, Prof. Kundzewicz. Next, Dr Benestad explained the idea of using principal components to represent stations in empirical statistical downscaling that turned to be efficient and fast. Also, the use of PCA was shown to reduce uncertainty as this approach focusses on the first leading modes and ignores the noise present in the other modes of variability. Dr Parding showed results of empirical statistical downscaling of mean precipitation and temperature for 82 Polish stations, introduced composite maps for evaluation of the results (based on reproducing trend, quality of the model, and significance of change). She concluded that the results are sensitive to the climate variable and the season. She found significant temperature increases, for all seasons, but no significant change in precipitation projections, except for spring at a few locations. Possibly, summer precipitation was problematic because of the fact that convective events were not well represented in RCM models. Dr Dobler presented the setting of the parameters for the bias correction of EUROCORDEX RCM/GCM simulations, using gridded data as reference and using quantile mapping. These presentations were subject to vigorous discussion by the participants, e.g. preparation of a synthetic comparison of both ESD and DD results was requested.
On day 2, Prof. Kundzewicz presented the idea of the project book, as an important outcome from the CHASE-PL project, divided in five parts: setting the stage; observed climate; projected climate; impacts; and uncertainty and perception. He sketched the technical options that were next subject to discussion. It was agreed that the book should be published in two languages, English and Polish and that the Polish book should be accessible online for free (to improve awareness in Poland) as well as available in the print-on-demand mode, not for free. Book copies printed within the project funds should be made available for free. Dr Szwed summarized project management issues and called upon partners to send inputs to the annual report. Mr Forlund delivered a talk about the Norwegian experience in communicating climate information through climate service centre (including presentation of climate profiles for counties). Dr Kardel presented the mapping system tools and the webportal and requested input from project scientists.

CHASE-PL and CHIHE projects meeting – May 2015, Warsaw

On Tuesday, 26 May 2015 in Warsaw a joint meeting of CHASE-PL and CHIHE projects was held. The rationale for this meeting was to give the scientists working in two independent Polish-Norwegian projects a chance to get acquainted with the so far results and plans of each project. Scientists of both projects exchanged information which is necessary in order to reach high quality of research and to avoid redundancy.

CHASE-PL Project meeting in Warsaw – February 2015

The meeting of the CHASE-PL Project was held in the premises of the Water Centre – laboratory of the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Warsaw University of Life Sciences (WULS-SGGW) in Warsaw, on days 4 and 5 February 2015. The first day of the meeting, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 started a brief welcome and introduction by Prof. Tomasz Okruszko and SGGW Rector’s attorney, Prof. Kazimierz Banasik. Meeting on 4 February was divided into three sessions. Session 1 was open to the public and focused on more general topics, while Sessions 2 and 3 were more oriented on the project itself. During Sessions 2 and 3 participants of the Work Packages 1, 2, 3 and 6 (WP1, WP2, WP3, WP6) showed their current progress.

The second day of the meeting, Thursday, 5 February 2015 was entirely devoted to discussion and summary of the whole meeting. The following topics have been discussed: major tasks and prospects for the second year of the project, data exchange issues, possible publications and collaborations between WPs. The annual report was particularly discussed as well as other publications as a result of cooperation between different WPs. A general conclusion was that there is need to deliver more than there was promised at the beginning. An idea emerged that WP2 and WP3 could launch collaboration in snow modelling and gauge undercatch correction. Another important fields of collaboration between WP2 and WP3 are: selection of RCMs, bias correction of precipitation and temperature from selected RCMs (in particular the consistency between the “observed” climate datasets used for: A. Bias correction, B. SWAT model input). There was also an idea to compare results of the climate change projections with similar research in Poland’s neighboring countries e.g. Germany. Prof. Tomasz Okruszko (WULS-SGGW) outlined the general framework for carrying out the WP4 tasks in index-based climate change impact assessment in 2015. It was clearly stated for which indices the output from WP2 or WP3 could be used. The proposed meeting with another Polish-Norwegian project in the second half of May 2015 was discussed. The meeting date is still under negotiation. Additionally, once again, the issue of the data exchange formats and coordinate system between WPs was touched. It was concluded that these issues need further clarification after the meeting and an email from Dr. Kardel (WP6) with a proposed approach should be sent after the meeting.

CHASE-PL Project meeting in Warsaw – July 2014

On 8 July 2014, a technical meeting of the CHASE-PL Project was held in Warsaw, hosted by WULS. The agenda of the meeting embraced information on WP1 and WP2, and in particular detailed discussion of WP3, co-ordinated by WULS. Discussion included overview of goals, review of tasks and current progress; large-scale modelling of the Vistula and the Odra basins; meso-scale modelling of the Barycz and Upper Narew catchments; summary of the field survey in the Barycz catchment; and a review of environmental flow issues in the meso-scale catchments. Further, information from WP6 on the Interactive Web Mapping System was given as well as discussion on interlinkages between all WPs.

Summer field work in meso-scale catchments

Within the WP3 of CHASE-PL hydrological models are applied in two spatial scales: at large-scale for the Vistula and Odra river basins and at meso-scale, for their two selected sub-catchments: the Upper Narew (~4300 km2) and the Barycz (~5500 km2) catchments. In summer 2014 field works were organized by WULS-SGGW staff in both catchments in order to gather data and information that would be later used in the model setup and calibration. Project permanent staff, Phd students and undergraduate students took part in two expeditions.

Field works in the Barycz catchment were conducted in 30 June – 2 July 2014, whereas the measurements in the Upper Narew catchment in 28 – 29 July 2014. The field work scope included:

  • channel geometry and river discharge measurements;
  • collection of river water and treated sewage water samples for chemical analysis
  • mounting Phillips samplers for suspended sediment load measurement;
  • live questionnaires with managers of main sewage treatment plants concerning current and historical characteristics of water discharged to river network;
  • interviews with local land and water reclamation authorities and agricultural extension services;
  • georeferenced photos of various crops to be used as training fields for the determination of Landsat-based land cover map for year 2014.

The hydrological models of the Upper Narew and the Barycz catchments will be used to project the impacts of climate change on water balance, crop yields, sediment and nutrient transport.

Kick-off meeting

The project kick-off meeting was organized in Poznan on 17-18 February 2014. The number of participants in this meeting was 11. Since all the earlier contacts of Project partners were undertaken via internet skype and phone talks, several Project scientists did not know each other in person, hence it was important to conduct a tour de table – short self-presentation of all meeting participants. Next, brief presentation of institutional consortium partners was delivered by Professor Kundzewicz who presented the Institute for Agricultural and Forest Environment of the Polish Academy of Sciences, by Professor Hov who delivered extensive information about the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and by Professor Okruszko who introduced the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Next, Professor Kundzewicz delivered presentation of the CHASE-PL Project, its general objectives, and structure of work packages and then reviewed individual work packages with their objectives and listed obligations (milestones and deliverables). After this general introduction, came presentation and discussion of individual work packages, with contributions of work package leaders. In particular, focus was on those work packages that start early in the project and those that are planned to produce early milestones and deliverables. Administrative issues embraced plans for project management and operation of the project.  It was decided that Executive Board, consisting of representatives of all three Project consortium partners – Prof. Kundzewicz, Prof. Hof, and Prof. Okruszko (or their substitutes) will mostly interact electronically, to reduce the need for costly and time-consuming travels. A funding problem was recognized, related to the fact that the first advance payment cannot exceed 30% of the total budget of the three-year project. Since the project, of the total planned duration of three years, starts on 1 January 2014, it was planned to deliver very intense work in the first year of the Project as well as to proceed with purchases. Under 30% restriction, Project partners have to either reduce their costs in the first year, or to cover the expenses from their internal sources, to be reimbursed from the Project in 2015. Plans were made to overcome this restriction without a detrimental effect to the course of the Project. In discussion of ideas allowing to make the CHASE-PL Project a success, partners expressed their expectations and firm belief in achievements of all the goals of the Project, including planned deliverables and milestones. It is expected that the CHASE-PL Project will help in better understanding of climate change and its sectoral impacts in Poland. Since researchers increasingly work under the “publish or perish” rule, all project participants have vested interest in preparation of joint publications, in a win-win / co-benefit mode. In particular, peer reviewed journal papers are needed that bring many credit points to scientists and their institutions in evaluations, but there is also a plan to publish a book in Polish and in English. This is all an ambitious publication plan for a three-year project, but it was found feasible. In order to fulfil the publication plan it was found necessary to start exchanging ideas about joint papers as early as possible.