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.