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

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 226375

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2009

  • End date

    30 November 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 13 635 613

  • EU contribution

    € 9 994 842

Coordinated by:

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

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.
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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

CSC-TIETEEN TIETOTEKNIIKAN KESKUS OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 56 629

DANMARKS METEOROLOGISKE INSTITUT

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 347 728

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 199 200

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 369 525

HASKOLI ISLANDS

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 140 175

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 800 533,50

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 195 626

MET OFFICE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 526 461

UNIVERSITETET I OSLO

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 426 000

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 289 200

Universita' degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 82 650

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 768 507

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 553 200

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 190 500

UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 10 005

UNIVERSITAT ZURICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 449 550

UNIWERSYTET SLASKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 63 960

CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS CIENTIFICOS

Chile

EU Contribution

€ 62 100

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

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 100 147,50

NORSK POLARINSTITUTT

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 75 000

Instytut Geofizyki Polskiej Akademii Nauk

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 36 000

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 181 147,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 226375

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2009

  • End date

    30 November 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 13 635 613

  • EU contribution

    € 9 994 842

Coordinated by:

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

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