Ski tourism has long been identified to be particularly impacted by past and future climate change, due the increase in air temperature and related decrease in natural snow reliability in mountain areas. A meaningful quantification of climate change risks to ski tourism requires to assess relevant indicators, and take into account snow management, such as grooming and snowmaking, which are pivotal to ski resorts activities and exert a strong influence on their operating conditions. Over the past decades, knowledge and tools have been developed to better quantify climate change impacts to ski tourism operating conditions, especially in Europe and North America, and underpin dedicated climate services tailored to this economic sector. The webinar “Climate services relevant to ski tourism” brings together leading experts in climate services development and climate change impacts to ski tourism, along with innovative solutions to better anticipate decisions for snow management in ski resorts and, therefore, increase their resilience against climate change while reducing their environmental footprint through optimized use of critical resources (water, energy). The webinar will provide a comprehensive overview of the state of knowledge regarding climate change risks to ski resorts operations, and introduce existing and emerging services used to inform climate change adaptation in mountain destinations (including diversification of the tourism offer) and to better manage snow on ski pistes along the snow season.

This webinar is organized by the Horizon 2020 project PROSNOW, which from 2017 to 2020 has developed a prediction system allowing for management and optimization of snow in Alpine ski resorts, based on meteorological and seasonal forecasts, snow cover modeling and in-situ observations relevant to snow management. The webinar is supported by Copernicus Climate Change Services, in particular its novel “Mountain Tourism Meteorological and Snow Indicators dataset, the H2020 project Climateurope, and is organized in cooperation with the Horizon 2020 project Blue-Action..

The webinar’s agenda is available here and below.

The webinar was recorded. View the videos here.

Webinar agenda and speaker abstracts:

– 14h – 14h15 : Samuel Morin (Météo-France, CNRS), “IPCC perspectives on ski tourism and climate change, and introduction to the “Climate services relevant to ski tourism webinar”

– 14h15 – 14h25 : Chiara Cagnazzo, (ECMWF), C3S Sectoral Information Systems and ski tourism

– 14h25 – 14h40 : Ghislain Dubois (Ramboll), C3S SIS European tourism Mountain Tourism Meteorological and Snow Indicators (MTMSI)

– 14h40 – 15h00 : Daniel Scott, (Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change, University of Waterloo), Climate Change Risk in North American Markets

– 15h00 – 15h15 : Hugues François (INRAE), Louis Guily (Dianeige), Christophe Periard (Météo-France), ClimSnow, climate service addressing long term climate change impacts in French mountain regions

15h15 – 15h25 : break.

– 15h25 – 15h40 : Samuel Morin (Météo-France, CNRS), General introduction to the H2020 PROSNOW project and service

– 15h40 – 15h55 : Carlo M. Carmagnola (Météo-France, CNRS and Dianeige), Live demo of the PROSNOW user facing tool

– 15h55 – 16h10 : Ilona Mettiäinen and Martin Coath (University of Lapland) SnowApp – Climate service prototype co-designed for ski resorts in Northern Finland (H2020 Blue-Action project)

– 16h10 – 16h25 : Michael Lehning, (WSL-SLF, EPFL), The future of Swiss snow and an outlook on consequences

– 16h25 – 16h40 : Judith Köberl (Joanneum Research), The market for climate services in the (ski) tourism sector – Results from an Austrian case study

– 16h40 – 17h : Wrap-up and general discussion, Ghislain Dubois (Ramboll)

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