EXtremeClimTwin aims to strengthen and improve the research and innovation capacity of the Faculty of Science, University of Novi Sad (UNSPMF; Novi Sad, Serbia) in the areas of climate change and hydro-climate extremes through twinning with internationally-leading counterparts from Member States of the EU: the SME and research company Climate Risk Analysis (CRA, Germany) and Loughborough University (LU, United Kingdom) and Associated country the Center for International Climate research (CICERO, Norway). It is expected that a warmer climate will result in a higher incidence of heat waves, less summer precipitation and at the same time higher rainfall intensities throughout much of South East Europe. Increasing heat extremes are a key hazard in this part of Europe. Together with reduced summer precipitation, they can increase drought risk, health risks and energy demand in summer. However, there is a knowledge gap in this part of Europe to properly understand how climate change will continue to affect the region. Cold waves, heatwaves and droughts in the summer, put a strain on the health system and the economy. Therefore, UNSPMF recognized the need to build capacities in detection and attribution of extreme hydro-climate events through collaborations and training with institutions that examine these events in other parts of Europe. The close collaboration between researches from UNSPMF and other experts in the field of climate change and hydro-climate extremes in the EU will form a synergistic network that will permit the transfer of knowledge and training of the existing personnel and early stage researchers of UNSPMF. As a result, the EXtremeClimTwin will have both direct and indirect scientific, social and economic impacts. In addition, the implementation of the project will facilitate future collaborations with experts in the field at EU level, increase the UNSPMF research capabilities, as well as enhance the research and academic profile of all participants.
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