2018-04-10. The Benefits and Vulnerabilities of a Warming Europe.

posted Apr 13, 2018, 3:54 PM by Alan Gould   [ updated Apr 13, 2018, 3:55 PM ]
By Alexandra Branscombe, AGU-Eos. For GSS Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt: Europe is a continent with a wide range of ecosystems, climates, attractions, and different countries that draws tourists in both winter and summer seasons. Skiers enjoy winter sports in the Alps, and summer vacationers make their way to the Mediterranean coast. These tourist attractions are just some of the economic sectors that could be threatened in a warming and changing climate, prompting scientists around Europe to band together to evaluate the continent’s environmental vulnerabilities. Scientists from seven research institutions collaborated to investigate how Europe would change with a rise in global surface temperatures of between 1.5°C and 2°C. Their results show a range of impacts that will influence human health, energy demands, and travel in the coming decades. In a new paper, Jacob et al. used a greenhouse gas concentration trajectory from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to complete impact studies on the effects of climate change. Impact studies were done in the areas of electricity demand, summer and winter tourism, and ecosystem production to help guide policy makers to set goals for mitigating climate change. ...Overall, the results show that the United Kingdom, Ireland, western Europe, and the Mediterranean region will experience an increased number of heat waves. ...warmer summers could deter tourists in the southernmost regions of Spain, Greece, and Italy. ...Summer tourism in parts of Western Europe may be favored by climate change.... https://eos.org/research-spotlights/the-benefits-and-vulnerabilities-of-a-warming-europe