The launch of the Digital Climate Atlas of Serbia: A novel step towards planning adaptation to changed climate conditions

In Belgrade, on October 31, 2022, “The dialogue on Climate Change” was held, with the aim of encouraging all relevant actors in society to adequately and timely respond to the challenge of climate change. During the dialogue, the Digital Climate Atlas of Serbia was officially launched as part of the project “Improvement of medium- and long-term planning of adaptation measures to changed climate conditions in the Republic of Serbia – NAP project” which is being implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water management and with the financial support of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

The Digital Climate Atlas is an online platform based on meteorological and geospatial data, which provides insights into current and future climate changes, and for the first time provides comprehensive and freely available information about climate changes and their consequences in Serbia. The Digital Climate Atlas allows to monitor a large number of variables – temperature, precipitation as well as specific values such as the length of heat waves or the number of frosty days, at the level of the entire country, region or each individual municipality. The Atlas itself was developed in cooperation with the Faculty of Physics in Belgrade, and is based on data from the CORDEX initiative of the World Climate Research Program, as well as on data from the Republic Hydrometeorological Institute.

The Digital Climate Atlas was presented by Dr. Vladimir Đurđević, professor from the Faculty of Physics in Belgrade and a creator of the Digital Atlas, “The basic function of the portal is to support the state administration and local self-governments in adapting to climate change.” Professor Đurđević announced workshops for interested parties – scientists, businessmen, representatives of local governments, in order to master the use of the Atlas and use the obtained data for planning adaptation to climate change at the local or national level.

In the meantime, feel free to head over to the Digital Climate Atlas of Serbia and try using its functionalities yourself – there is also a user guide to help you get started.