WeCENT

Project

WeCENT aims to bring some of the latest scientific information on climate and environment closer to the daily usage, by tailoring this information for direct and easy use for tourists.

The overall research objective of the proposal is to develop and make available climate and environmental information tailored for touristic purposes, based on a set of parameters and indices, in an easy-to-use language or communication form, adapted for 4 different touristic destinations types (i.e. beach, mountain, rural, urban areas) and season.

This can be further articulated in four specific research objectives:

  • Quantify user interests related to environmental features for each destination type.
  • Select and shape climate and environmental information based on site and season specifics.
  • Translate data from Earth Observation programme (e.g. climate data, satellite-based products) into friendly-to-use information.
  • Make available the tailored information to the user in a customized, compact and timely manner.
Country area as touristic destination, to be characterized by integrated information on climate and vegetation

Research

The research work will involve literature reviews, questionnaires, processing climate data into specific tourism and bio-meteorological indices, processing and ‘packing’ of satellite products employing a user-oriented formulation, as well as a strong component on stakeholders’ involvement (i.e. tourism agencies and accommodation units).

One important expected result of the research is a functional prototype of WeCENT information package, which will comprise tailored information for 40 touristic destinations located at the seaside, mountainous areas, rural and urban settings.

The information will be based on several parameters and indices derived from various datasets like global and regional climate reanalysis, satellite-based products and numerical forecasts, provided mainly by Copernicus Earth observation programme. It will be ready-to-use and available through the project website for any potential tourist, offering in the same time a ‘preview’ of an innovative use of scientific information on climate and environment.

Earth Observation programme provides a wealth of information at global, regional and local scales, from ground measurements and remote observations (e.g. from satellites)

Outputs
Research products

For each of the 40 destinations, several types of information will be provided by the end of the project. The information will be selected such that to be relevant for users’ interests depending on the predominant tourism type in each destination. A first set of indices as basis for developing the tourism-oriented climate and environmental information is proposed, but it will be updated based on questionnaires and users’ feedbacks gathered during the project.

Events

A special event on the occasion of International Day of Tourism, 2021, leaded in partnership by the Research Center for Regional Analysis in Tourism, Environment and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Geography, Bucharest University, and the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Tourism of Romania.

Presentation title: The interest of generation Z for sustainable tourism
Authors:

  • Silvia PUIU, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Craiova, Romania
  • Mihaela Tinca UDRISTIOIU, Dept. of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Craiova, Romania
  • Alessandro GALLO, Dept. of Humanities, University Ca’Foscari Venice, Italy
  • Liliana VELEA, Dept. of Humanities, University Ca’Foscari Venice, Italy

Organized by: Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, University of Sarajevo, Akdeniz University and EuropeCongress.
Presentation title: Changes in the climate suitability for tourism in Romania in the near future (2021-2040) in the context of climate changes
Authors: Liliana Velea and Alessandro GALLO, Dept. of Humanities, University Ca’Foscari Venice, Italy