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High-End cLimate Impacts and eXtremes

High-End cLimate Impacts and eXtremes

Objective

With the target of limiting global warming to 2ºC increasingly difficult to achieve, policymakers, businesses and other decision-makers need to plan to adapt to changes in climate under higher levels of global warming. This requires coherent information on the future climate conditions, and the consequences of different adaptation actions. International negotiations on limiting global warming also require clear information on the consequences of different levels of climate change. While a vast array of projections, scenarios and estimates of future climate change and its impacts already exists, much is conflicting, unclear, of unknown levels of certainty and difficult to use to inform decisions. HELIX addresses this by providing a clear, coherent, internally-consistent view of a manageable number of “future worlds” under higher levels of global warming reached under a range of circumstances, supported by advice on which aspects are more certain and which less certain. This will be delivered through groundbreaking scientific research across a range of physical, natural and social science disciplines, in close engagement with experienced users of climate change information in order to ensure appropriate focus, clarity and utility. Since international climate policy often frames climate change in terms of levels of global warming relative to pre-industrial state, our research will focus on addressing the questions “What do 4ºC and 6ºC worlds look like compared to 2ºC?” and “What are the consequences of different adaptation choices?” Our core product will a set of eight coherent global scenarios of the natural and human world at these levels of warming achieved at different rates and with different pathways of adaptation by society. A second product will provide more detailed information in three focus regions; Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa in the Northern Hemisphere and the South Asia. This will all be supported by a comprehensive analysis of confidence and uncertainty.
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

Address

The Queen'S Drive Northcote House
Ex4 4qj Exeter

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 477 454,70

Administrative Contact

Enda Clarke (Dr.)

Participants (15)

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MET OFFICE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 777 543,95

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 111 589

STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 510 600

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 906 548

WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 193 601,15

UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 354 600

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 445 872

SVERIGES METEOROLOGISKA OCH HYDROLOGISKA INSTITUT

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 887 250

POTSDAM INSTITUT FUER KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 686 500

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 493 900

POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 298 800

IGAD CENTRE FOR CLIMATE PREDICTION AND APPLICATION

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 273 400

BANGLADESH UNIVERSITY OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

Bangladesh

EU Contribution

€ 250 899

FOUNDATION FOR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

India

EU Contribution

€ 278 240

AGENCE NATIONALE DE LA METEOROLOGIE DU SENEGAL

Senegal

EU Contribution

€ 53 200,20

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 603864

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2013

  • End date

    31 October 2017

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 876 482,28

  • EU contribution

    € 8 999 998

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

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