The project DAPHNE aims at tackling the problem of drought in the Thessaly by applying innovative methodologies of active intervention by means of Weather Modification. This is achieved through a systematic, interdisciplinary and comprehensive investigation of all the necessary conditions and requirements for the potential application of a rainfall enhancement program in the Thessaly plain, with transferability of the current methodology to other regions of similar interest. DAPHNE project specializes in creating new knowledge through standard experimental research, the use of high-end technology and cooperation of expertise scientists and technicians, in order to address major societal needs that will arise in the near future due to the impacts of climate change.
The purpose of this joint action is the creation of an integrated conceptual model, which clearly and scientifically establishes the application potentiality of a rainfall enhancement program. At the same time, as a result of climate change, prevailed synoptic conditions in a future period (2030 - 2040) are investigated, developing a new form of the conceptual model and thus highlighting the potentiality of applying such rainfall enhancement programs in the future. The rate of success or failure of DAPHNE's potential implementation in present days (~2014) and in the future (2040 - 2050) as well, could define the criteria to address major societal needs due to the risk of water shortage in the 21st century, affecting both its quantity and quality. These criteria could potentially act as feedback processes to the effects of climate change.