The National Geo-information System (NAGiS): surveying the consequences of climate change

The research and development project implemented by the National Adaptation Centre, a division within the Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary, was completed in early 2016, resulting in the establishment of the National Adaptation and Geo-information System, abbreviated to NAGiS.

The development, which is conducted as a part of the Adaption to Climate Change Framework Programme, aims to generate scientific forecasts based on the best available, highest resolution climate modelling about the climate vulnerabilities of various areas and sectors in Hungary.

The system is based on a database generated by measurements and calculations, a meta-database that is responsible for organising the information and for finding our ways around it, and a subsystem that facilitates representation on a map, so as to visualise the impact that various climate changes are having on the various regions of Hungary.

The research topics of the Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary feature a number of programmes associated with the water economy. For instance, using NAGiS it is possible to produce detailed and accurate analyses and forecasts concerning the water table and the vulnerability of drinking water resources, or to investigate the impact of climate change on the frequency of flash floods. In its present form, the complex system is able to predict changes in the 21st century in Hungary and the rest of the Carpathian Basin. Further modules will be built to supplement the system so as to facilitate analysis of economic and social vulnerabilities and adaptation and intervention options.

The National Adaptation and Geo-information System is available free of charge on the website of the Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary, offering appropriate access privileges to various user groups in line with applicable regulations.

National Adaptation Centre

The National Adaptation Centre (NAC) is an organisational unit of the Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary (GGIH). The main tasks of the NAC are as follows:

  • Promoting strategic and practical planning at the national and the local levels to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases that cause climate change (mitigation)
  • Preparation for adaptation to the expected impacts of climate change
  • Communication of research results towards society at large, shaping public opinion

The Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary

The Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary (GGIH) was established by the government of Hungary in April 2012. The institute operates under the management of the Ministry of National Development, its middle-level managing body is the Hungarian Office for Mining and Geology.

Its activities include promoting the sustainable management of our mineral resources and waters, as well as research into the geological aspects of energy sources and studying the processes that take place deep underground. In addition, it is also tasked with strategic planning, decision preparation and research concerning climate change in Hungary.

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