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Climate change and impact research: the Mediterranean environment

Objective

CIRCE aims at developing for the first time an assessment of the climate change impacts in the Mediterranean area.
The objectives of the project are:
- To predict and to quantify physical impacts of climate change in the Mediterranean area
- To evaluate the consequences of climate change for the society and the economy of the populations located in the Mediterranean area
- To develop an integrated approach to understand combined effects of climate change
- To identify adaptation and mitigation strategies in collaboration with regional stakeholders CIRCE wants to understand and to explain how climate will change in the Mediterranean area.
The project will investigate how global and Mediterranean climates interact, how the radiative properties of the atmosphere and the radiative fluxes vary, the interaction between cloudiness and aerosol, the modifications in the water cycle. Recent observed modifications in the climate variables and detected trends will be compared. The economic and social consequences of climate change shall be evaluated by analyzing direct impacts on migration, tourism and energy markets together with indirect impacts on the economic system. CIRCE will moreover investigate the consequences on agriculture, forests and ecosystems. human health and air quality.
The variability of extreme events in the future scenario and their impacts will be assessed. A rigorous common framework, including a set of quantitative indicators developed specifically for the Mediterranean environment will be developed and used in collaboration with regional stakeholders.
The results will be incorporated in a decision support system tool and disseminated to the relevant users. Possible adaptation and mitigation strategies will be identified. The integrated results discussed by the project CIRCE will be presented in the first Regional Assessment of Climate Change in the Mediterranean area.

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Coordinator

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA

Address

Via Di Vigna Murata 605
Roma

Italy

Administrative Contact

Antonio NAVARRA (Dr)

Participants (65)

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CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

FUNDACION CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS AMBIENTALES DEL MEDITERRANEO

Spain

CLU SRL

Italy

DANMARKS METEOROLOGISKE INSTITUT.

Denmark

UNIVERSITY OF CRETE.

Greece

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Italy

FONDAZIONE ENI ENRICO MATTEI

Italy

UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID.

Spain

INSTITUTE OF ACCELERATING SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS

Greece

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

POTSDAM INSTITUT FUER KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG

Germany

CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT

France

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS)

France

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION REGIONAL OFFICE FOR EUROPE

Denmark

FONDATION DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT DURABLE ET DES RELATIONS INTERNATIONALES

France

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

MAX PLANCK GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

Germany

NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS

Greece

INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DE LA MER

Tunisia

UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA.

Israel

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE - JRC

Belgium

FUNDACIO PRIVADA PARC CIENTIFIC DE BARCELONA

Spain

AZIENDA UNITA SANITARIA LOCALE ROMA E

Italy

METEO-FRANCE

France

MET OFFICE

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF YORK.

United Kingdom

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO / EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA

Spain

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

Israel

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALCALA DE HENARES

Spain

ZADIG SRL

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

United Kingdom

INSTITUTO DE CIENCIA APLICADA E TECNOLOGIA DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA.

Portugal

UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG.

Germany

PANEPISTIMIO AIGAIOU

Greece

CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THE ARAB REGION AND EUROPE

Egypt

UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'AQUILA

Italy

FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN

Germany

UNIVERSITA DEL SALENTO

Italy

EUROPEAN CLIMATE FORUM

Germany

VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Netherlands

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Israel

UNIVERSIDADE DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Spain

CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEO PER I CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI SCARL

Italy

INSTITUT PASTEUR DE TUNIS

Tunisia

ASSOCIATION DE RECHERCHE SUR LE CLIMAT ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT

Algeria

INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH IN THE DRY AREAS

Syria

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

BEN GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV.

Israel

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT

Switzerland

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Greece

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE

Italy

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM-UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

MEDIAS FRANCE

France

SEI OXFORD OFFICE LIMITED

United Kingdom

THE CYPRUS INSTITUTE

Cyprus

GKSS FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GEESTHACHT GMBH

Germany

UNIVERSITAT DE LES ILLES BALEARS

Spain

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 36961

  • Start date

    1 April 2007

  • End date

    30 June 2011

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 13 730 066

  • EU contribution

    € 10 000 000

Coordinated by:

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA

Italy