In the next three years, the Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad will implement a significant scientific research project worth about 900,000 Euros, related to the study of hydro-meteorological extremes, floods and droughts.
Due to its complexity, the study of hydro-meteorological extremes is of utmost importance for South East Europe. It has been estimated that as a result of climate change, the hydrological cycle is changing, which could lead to an increased risk of floods – says the head of EXtremeClimTwin project Biljana Basarin, PhD from the Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management (Chair of Physical Geography). – We remember that several devastating floods in Central Europe during the last 20 years were caused by extreme rainfall. The complexity of the relationship between atmospheric conditions, extreme precipitation and floods, together with the observed growing trends, indicate the necessity to improve science and build research capacity in this field and in Serbia.
Losses caused by extreme climatic and hydrological events reached 453 billion Euros, 12 billion euros per year on average, 79,200 Euros per square kilometer or 811 Euros per capita.
The Faculty of Sciences recognized this need and, with the project proposal, successfully applied for a call from the European Union Framework Program for Research and Innovation called Horizon 2020 (H2020-WIDESPREAD-2020-5 Twinning). The project proposal was evaluated with a maximum of 15 points as the best from Serbia. The project will be implemented under the title “Twinning for the advancement of data-driven multidisciplinary research into hydro-climatic extremes to support risk assessment and decision making” (ExtremeClimTwin), and provides the Faculty of Science and partners with almost 900,000 Euros for research capacity building in areas of detection and description of extreme hydro-climatic events.
The partners of the Faculty of Sciences in this project are three outstanding research institutions from the EU: Climate Risk Analysis from Germany, Loughborough University from Great Britain and the Center for International Climate Research from Norway. EU partners will transfer knowledge and research skills by providing training for the research team members at the Faculty of Sciences. Networking with EU partners will be realized at all levels, and such exchange of knowledge is certainly for the benefit of all participants in the project, the wider scientific community and certainly, due to the urgency of the problem, many stakeholders from the non-academic sector. The project is also important for nurturing the potential of young researchers at the Faculty of Sciences and strategically connecting the Faculty with international research institutions through sustainable partnerships and the transfer of knowledge, results and scientific methodologies.
The project starts on November 1, 2020 and will last for 36 months.