Tourism climatic conditions of Hungary – Present situation and assessment of future changes

Attila Kovács, Ákos Németh, J. Unger, Noémi Kántor

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Abstract

This paper provides insight into the tourism-related outcomes of the Hungarian CRIGiS project, which was conducted in 2015. Based on tourism climatic indicators, this study aims at assessing the exposure of tourism sector to climate change. The widely known Tourism Climatic Index (TCI) is applied for the quantification of the climatic potential in Hungary in its original and modified form. This adjusted index version is suitable to reflect the seasonally different thermal perception patterns of Hungarian residents. These indicators were calculated based on past observations, and on the other hand, they rely on the outputs of regional climate model projections. The spatial distribution of the index values in Hungary is presented on a monthly basis and on district level, which is an administrative territorial unit in Hungary. The results indicate that, according to both versions of TCI, tourism climate conditions will likely to improve in the shoulder seasons and deteriorate in summer, remaining still at least acceptable for outdoor tourism purposes. The project outcomes are available for public use in the National Adaptation Geo-information System (NAGiS) developed in Hungary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-99
Number of pages21
JournalIdojaras
Volume121
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Districts of Hungary
  • Spatial pattern
  • Subjective thermal perception
  • Tourism Climatic Index
  • Tourism climatic potential

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science

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