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JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

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JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (JOANNEUM RESEARCH) is a business oriented leader of innovation and technology providers. It is linked to a worldwide network and has been providing leading research according to the highest international standard for more than thirty years. With more than 400 researchers in seven research units the company ranks among the largest non-university research institutions in Austria.

The LIFE Centre for Climate, Energy and Society – one of the seven research units of JOANNEUM RESEARCH – addresses the key issues related to climate change. It not only investigates the steps necessary to guide our society towards a more sustainable development path in order to slow down climate change, but also deals with the question of how society may better cope with the (remaining) risks of global warming, i.e. minimize associated economic damages and exploit potential opportunities. Hence, the overall aim of LIFE is to promote the transition to a low-carbon economy/society and to provide tools and strategies to strengthen resilience to climate and weather risks. The Centre supports companies and society by carrying out climate change impact assessments, providing tools for weather and climate risk management, and developing climate solutions and climate services (e.g. in the tourism sector). It assesses energy systems based on tools such as environmental life cycle assessment (LCA), life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) and social impact assessment (SIA), and develops measures as well as implementation concepts for sustainable energy technologies, energy systems and lifestyles. Using qualitative and quantitative economic methods, LIFE furthermore evaluates and develops energy as well as climate policy strategies for business and public administrations.

Role in Project

JOANNEAUM RESEARCH brings in competence from the research and practice in the tourism sector. JR will be the Lead of WP3 – exploration of climate services in the tourism sector.

Principal Investigator
Andrea Damm

Andrea Damm holds a Masters degree in Environmental System Sciences with focus on Economics and a Doctoral degree in Economics from the University of Graz, Austria. From 2008 – 2014 she worked as a scientist at the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, University of Graz. In 2011 she joined the Institute for Economic and Innovation Research at JOANNEUM RESEARCH and since 2016 she has been working at the JOANNEUM RESEARCH Centre for Climate, Energy & Society – LIFE. Her main research interests relate to climate change impact assessments, covering topics of winter tourism, electricity demand, disaster relief, and the perception of landslide risk. She participated in several interdisciplinary projects at national and international level (e.g. IMPACT2C (EU-FP7), CC Snow II (ACRP), VOICE (ACRP), ClimReg (ACRP)).

Relevant Publications

Damm, A., Greuell, W., Landgren, O., Prettenthaler, F. (2016), Impacts of +2°C global warming on winter tourism demand in Europe, submitted to Climate Services, in press.

Prettenthaler, F., Kortschak, D., Ortmann, P. (2016), The Use of Weather Driven Demand Analysis in Recreation Site Management. Tourism & Hospitality, 4:188, doi: 10.4172/21670269.1000188

Köberl, J., Prettenthaler, F., Bird, N. (2016), Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Tourism Demand: A Comparative Study from Sardinia (Italy) and Cap Bon (Tunisia), Science of the Total Environment, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.03.099.

Prettenthaler, F., Köberl, J., Bird, N. (2016), ‘Weather Value at Risk’: A Uniform Approach to Describe and Compare Sectoral Income Risks from Climate Change, Science of the Total Environment, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.04.035.

Köberl, J., Prettenthaler, F., Nabernegg, S., Schinko, T. (2015), Tourism, Chapter 19, in Steininger, K., König, M., Bednar-Friedl, B., Kranzl, L., Loibl, W., Prettenthaler, F. (ed.), Economic Evaluation of Climate Change Impacts: Development of a Cross-Sectoral Framework and Results for Austria, Springer.

Damm, A., Köberl, J., & Prettenthaler, F. (2014). Does artificial snow production pay under future climate conditions? – A case study for a vulnerable ski area in Austria. Tourism Management, 43, 8–21.