Case studies

Global case study leader: SYKE; European case study leader: CU; Scottish case study leader: UEDIN;
Iberian case study leaders: FFCUL and JDTàbara; Hungarian case study leader: CEU


All the methods being developed within IMPRESSIONS will be implemented in five multi-scale case studies:

  1. The global scale case study will provide context and boundary conditions for the European case study. It will also assess the most important indirect effects facing Europe that are relevant for European adaptation (e.g. trade effects, migration, global health issues, security threats, etc.) and the role the EU can play, through UNFCCC negotiations, development assistance and other external functions, to reduce the impacts of indirect effects in Europe under high-end scenarios.
  2. The European scale case study will quantify cross-sectoral climate change impacts and vulnerability, and develop adaptation and mitigation pathways for addressing them under high-end climate and socio-economic scenarios within the EU27. The sectors will include agriculture, forestry, water, biodiversity, coasts, urban and health. The European scale study will provide the boundary conditions for three regional/local studies.
  3. The Scottish regional scale case study will explore multi-sectoral interactions in a north-western European environment. The sectors may include agriculture, forestry, water, tourism and coasts along with the multi-scale issue of supply chains for food and beverages.
  4. The Iberian regional case study (covering two transboundary river catchments crossing the Portuguese/Spanish national border) will explore multi-sectoral interactions in a southern European environment. The sectors may include water, agriculture, forestry and biodiversity with the multi-scale issue of migration from North Africa.
  5. The Hungarian local case study will explore multi-sectoral interactions in two municipalities in a central and eastern European environment. The sectors may include water management, urban development, security of energy supply, human health and well-being with the multi-scale issue of energy with respect to mitigation and adaptation trade-offs.


Further information on each research area is provided through the following links:

Innovative and effective decision-making under uncertainty

Development of integrated multi-scale scenarios

Advancement of climate change impact, adaptation and vulnerability (CCIAV) methods and models

Development of adaptation and mitigation pathways

Risks, opportunities, costs and benefits of adaptation and mitigation

Stakeholder engagement

Dissemination and outreach

Case studies