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Ice2sea - estimating the future contribution of continental ice to sea-level rise

Objective

The melting of continental ice (glaciers, ice caps and ice sheets) is a substantial source of current sea-level rise, and one that is accelerating more rapidly than was predicted even a few years ago. Indeed, the most recent report from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlighted that the uncertainty in projections of future sea-level rise is dominated by uncertainty concerning continental ice, and that understanding of the key processes that will lead to loss of continental ice must be improved before reliable projections of sea-level rise can be produced. The ice2sea programme will draw together European and international partners, to reduce these uncertainties. We will undertake targeted studies of key processes in mountain glacier systems and ice caps (e.g. Svalbard), and in ice sheets in both polar regions (Greenland and Antarctica) to improve understanding of how these systems will respond to future climate change. We will improve satellite determinations of continental ice mass, and provide much-needed datasets for testing glacier-response models. Using newly developed ice-sheet/glacier models, we will generate detailed projections of the contribution of continental ice to sea-level rise over the next 200 years, and identify thresholds that commit the planet to long-term sea-level rise. We will deliver these results in forms accessible to scientists, policy-makers and the general public, which will include clear presentations of the sources of uncertainty. The ice2sea programme will directly inform the ongoing international debate on climate-change mitigation, and European debates surrounding coastal adaptation and sea-defence planning. It will leave a legacy of improved understanding of key cryospheric processes affecting development of the Earth System and the predictive tools for glacier-response modelling, and it will train a new generation of young European researchers who can use those tools for the future benefit of society.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wiltshire
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 826 522,50
Administrative Contact
David Glyn Vaughan (Prof.)

Participants (24)

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 244 475
Address
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Catherine Audebert (Ms.)
CSC-TIETEEN TIETOTEKNIIKAN KESKUS OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 56 629
Address
Keilaranta 14
02101 Espoo
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Kimmo Niittuaho (Mr.)
DANMARKS METEOROLOGISKE INSTITUT
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 347 728
Address
Lyngbyvej 100
2100 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Erik Rex Christensen (Dr.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 199 200
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Birthe Hede (Ms.)
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 369 525
Address
Oster Voldgade 10
1350 Kobenhavn K
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Nette Rasmussen (Ms.)
HASKOLI ISLANDS
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 140 175
Address
Saemundargotu 2
101 Reykjavik
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sigurdur Gudnason (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 800 533,50
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pieter Thijssen (Mr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 1 195 626
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Xavier Boucherle (Dr.)
MET OFFICE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 526 461
Address
Fitzroy Road
EX1 3PB Exeter
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lucy Williams (Ms.)
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
EU contribution
€ 426 000
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nils Roar Sælthun (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 289 200
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Frank Pattyn (Prof.)
Universita' degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo
Italy
EU contribution
€ 82 650
Address
Via Aurelio Saffi 2
61029 Urbino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Flavio Vetrano (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 768 507
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Johanna Rule (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angela Noble (Ms.)
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 553 200
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Vereeken (Ms.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 190 500
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristofferssen (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 10 005
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michel Erpicum (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAT ZURICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 449 550
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zürich
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Wilfried Haeberli (Prof.)
UNIWERSYTET SLASKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 63 960
Address
Bankowa 12
40-007 Katowice
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ewelina Doluk (Ms.)
CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS CIENTIFICOS
Chile
EU contribution
€ 62 100
Address
Avenida Arturo Prat 514
5110466 Valdivia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alejandro González (Mr.)
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 100 147,50
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Piero Massari (Dr.)
NORSK POLARINSTITUTT
Norway
EU contribution
€ 75 000
Address
Hjalmar Johannesens 14
9296 Tromsoe
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Inger Solheim (Ms.)
Instytut Geofizyki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Poland
EU contribution
€ 36 000
Address
Ksiecia Janusza 64
01-452 Warsaw
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Agnieszka Izykoiwska-Pietrzak (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 181 147,50
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Emma Holden (Ms.)