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Enhancing prediction of tropical Atlantic climate and its impacts

Enhancing prediction of tropical Atlantic climate and its impacts

Objective

Tropical Atlantic climate recently experienced pronounced shifts of great socio-economic importance. The oceanic changes were largest in the eastern boundary upwelling systems. African countries bordering the Atlantic strongly depend upon their ocean - societal development, fisheries, and tourism. They were strongly affected by these climatic changes and will face important adaptation challenges associated with global warming. Furthermore, these upwelling regions are also of great climatic importance, playing a key role in regulating global climate.

Paradoxically, the Tropical Atlantic is a region of key uncertainty in earth-climate system: state-of-the-art climate models exhibit large systematic error, climate change projections are highly uncertain, and it is largely unknown how climate change will impact marine ecosystems. PREFACE aims to address these interconnected issues, and has the following goals:

• To reduce uncertainties in our knowledge of the functioning of Tropical Atlantic climate.
• To improve climate prediction and the quantification of climate change impacts in the region.
• To improve understanding of the cumulative effects of the multiple stressors of climate variability, greenhouse induced climate change, and fisheries on marine ecosystems, and ecosystem services (e.g., fisheries, coastal vulnerability).
• To assess the socio-economic vulnerabilities and evaluate the resilience of Atlantic African fishing communities to climate-driven ecosystem shifts and global markets.

To meet these goals we bring together European and African expertise to combine regional and global scale modelling capabilities, field experiments and observation systems. Our target region includes areas more affected by climate change and by its consequences, European outermost regions, and African countries bordering the Atlantic.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Address

Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen

Norway

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 464 243

Administrative Contact

Liv-Grethe Gudmundsen (Ms.)

Participants (29)

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INSTITUT FUER OSTSEEFORSCHUNG WARNEMUENDE AN DER UNIVERSITAET ROSTOCK

Germany

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 281 646

CENTRE EUROPEEN DE RECHERCHE ET DE FORMATION AVANCEE EN CALCUL SCIENTIFIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 321 600

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT

France

EU Contribution

€ 972 908

METEO-FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 355 172

UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6

France

EU Contribution

€ 479 590

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 934 704

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR OSTSEEFORSCHUNG WARNEMUNDE STIFTUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 502 340

JOHANN HEINRICH VON THUENEN-INSTITUT, BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER LAENDLICHE RAEUME, WALD UND FISCHEREI

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 352 930

CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 392 380

UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 282 890

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 352 612

HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 509 772

UNI RESEARCH AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 277 260

FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE CIENCIES DEL CLIMA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 98 301,82

UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 408 624

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 89 493

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACAO PESQUEIRA

Angola

EU Contribution

€ 72 275

MINISTRY OF FISHERIES AND MARINE RESOURCES

Namibia

EU Contribution

€ 72 275

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 165 600

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DAS PESCAS

Cape Verde

EU Contribution

€ 72 275

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE HALIEUTIQUE

Morocco

EU Contribution

€ 72 275

INSTITUT SENEGALAIS DE RECHERCHES AGRICOLES

Senegal

EU Contribution

€ 59 000

UNIVERSITE CHEIKH ANTA DIOP DE DAKAR

Senegal

EU Contribution

€ 59 000

UNIVERSITE D'ABOMEY-CALAVI

Benin

EU Contribution

€ 59 000

CENTRE DE RECHERCHES OCEANOLOGIQUES

Côte d’Ivoire

EU Contribution

€ 59 000

UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA

Nigeria

EU Contribution

€ 59 000

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 5 000

BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER - CENTRO NACIONAL DE SUPERCOMPUTACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 168 267,18

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 603521

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2013

  • End date

    31 October 2017

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 12 170 344,87

  • EU contribution

    € 8 999 433

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway