The 2018 European drought - scientific observations and societal implications
In spring and summer 2018, Central and Northern Europe faced a severe drought with rainfall deficits beginning as early as April and lasting until late August in some regions (partly combined with a heat wave in July and August). Due to higher spring temperatures and high radiation the Baltic Sea showed a very unusal low pCO2 signal since late April and a spectacular summer bloom this year. The impact on terrestrial ecosystems became obvious through crop failure and forest fires. This transdiciplinary session calls for scientific results from Earth Observation showing the impact of the drought and for presentations from the interface between science a climate action e.g. adaptation strategies, questions on measuring, reporting and verification of inventories or general communication of climate change to societies.
Alexander Graf, Anne Klosterhalfen, Christian Bernhofer, Christian Brümmer, Clemens Drüe, Pia Gottschalk, Thomas Grünwald, Günther Heinemann, Bernard Heinesch, Janina Klatt, Jan Konopka, Anne De Ligne, Bernard Longdoz, Matthias Mauder, Patrizia Ney, Inken Rabbel, Corinna Rebmann, Torsten Sachs, Marius Schmidt, Frederik Schrader, Caroline Vincke, Ingo Völksch, Stephan Weber, Christian Wille, and Harry Vereecken