ECRA supports the activities of Antarctica 2020

ECRA wants to express its support for an initiative called 'Antarctic 2020'.

"Antarctica2020 is a group of influencers from the world of sport, politics, business, media and science, that are building support for the protection of more than 7 million km2 of the Southern Ocean by 2020, through the establishment of a network of large-scale marine protected areas in the region."

As they discribe on their website: "Antarctica contains about 90% of the world’s ice and around 70% of the planet’s fresh water; both are vulnerable to warming air and waters. Antarctic sea ice is melting faster than ever (tripling in the past 5 years) as a result of global warming.

Changes in sea-ice coverage are affecting the marine ecosystem in profound ways, including the dramatic decline of Antarctic krill, a keystone species in the Antarctic food web. In addition to the impacts of climate change, increased pressure from industrial fishing are adding environmental pressures, making it harder for predators to find food.

The latest science is telling us that to regenerate Ocean life and build the resilience of its ecosystems and species to climate change we need to create marine protected areas covering at least 30% of the Ocean by 2030.

We need to act fast to realise a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) around the continent by 2020 to protect this unique, and important place."

Website of the initiative:

Recent updates:


International conference: Climate Change and Water;   25-27 May 2021, Tours, FR

Call for papers / conference website:




The international symposium Climate change & Water 2021 under the theme of extremes events will be held from 24 to 27 May 2021 in Tours in the Centre-Val de Loire region. This international conference is open to the academic world and socio-economic partners concerned by the variability of the water cycle and adaptation to extreme events.

Climate change is disrupting the water cycle. Impacts are observed in all environments and socio-ecosystems: forests, soils, lakes, cities, and so on. The MiDi (Environments & Diversity) network and its partners propose to focus on the different forms of impacts of climate change via its effect on water. Indeed, if the general trend of global warming is observed in all regions of the world, where are the findings and responses to climate extremes such as droughts, floods, heat waves and sudden and intense rainfall?

For this second edition of Climate Change & Water (CCW2021), special attention will be paid to the vine and the forest as an object as well as to the particular hydrometeorological extreme such as droughts. This choice does not exclude papers on any other subject of study as well as on other climatic extremes.

Hervé LE TREUT, professor at Sorbonne University and Ecole Polytechnique, will open the conference with a keynote on the state of climate change.


Proposals for papers and posters should be submitted before 10 September on the conference website

Call for papers can be found here.


New: Hydrological Modeling Training Day

As part of the symposium, a one-day training session entitled « Introduction to Hydrological Modelling in the Context of Climate Change » is proposed to masters and doctoral students on Monday, May 24th. It includes an introduction to the principles of hydrological modelling and its importance in the context of climate change.


European Parliament Intergroup on "Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development",

the BlueAction project, and

 ECRA - European Climate Research Alliance

would like to invite to the following online event:

Tipping points, extreme events and uncertainty: How can studying the Arctic help us predict future European climate beyond the mean?

Hosted by MEP Christel Schaldemose & MEP Urmas Paet

Date: 14 October
Time: 13:30 – 15:30 CEST
Venue: Web-Conference, GoToWebinar



We invite policy‐makers, MEPs and stakeholders to join us for this briefing event, where researchers leading on this topic from Horizon2020 climate research project Blue‐Action will present the current state of knowledge to decision‐makers and other policy‐stakeholders. The event will include a panel discussion with MEPs and Blue‐Action scientists, and is open to all who would like to learn more about this topic.

The Arctic is warming twice as anywhere else on the planet and rapid changes are occurring, from warming air temperatures to retreating sea ice. However, the impacts of Arctic change are not restricted to the far north, as the Arctic is connected to the rest of the world via atmosphere and global ocean circulation. Understanding the drivers of these changes, and the connections between the Arctic and the Northern Hemisphere, allows us to make predictions about the impact beyond the Arctic. Developing robust predictions is a vital step to allow businesses, communities and governments to be able to adapt to future changes.
Cutting‐edge research has suggested linkages between European weather and climate, and changes in sea ice and sea surface temperatures in the Arctic. In particular, extreme weather events such as heatwaves, cold waves or storms can be linked back to changes in the Arctic. These extreme events are predicted to increase in frequency and intensity, and can have huge impacts on ecosystems and human society.

The Blue‐Action project is an EU‐funded Horizon2020 project working to improve how we predict the impact of warming in the Arctic region on Northern Hemisphere weather and climate, by:

  • Undertaking comprehensive and sustained observations, especially in the ocean
  • Develop and improve models that can predict climate from seasons to decades in advance
  • Translate these predictions into climate services for communities and businesses


REGISTER here (GoToWebinar)








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Newsletters & Publications




 ECRA Newsletter Autumn 2020 released: click here to download



 ECRA Newsletter Spring 2020 released: click here to download



 ECRA Newsletter November 2019 released: click here to download



 ECRA Newsletter April 2019 released: click here to download

 adgeo 46 1 2019 preview


EGU Advances in Geosciences publication: The European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA): Collaboration from bottom-up



 ECRA Newsletter Dezember 2018 released: click here to download

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ECRA Collaborative Programme Factsheets released: Arctic Climate Stability and Change, High Impact Events and Climate Change, Sea Level Change and Coastal Impacts, Changes in the Hydrological Cycle


ECRA Collaborative Programme Sea Level Change and Coastal Impacts (CP SLC) Whitepaper released:

Sea level related adaptation needs in Europe

Image: Martin Schiller, AWI


Arctic ECRA Strategy and Work Plan released:

Advancing European Arctic climate research for the benefit of society

Coll Pr Picture HIE


ECRA Collaborative Programme High Impact Events and Climate Change (CP HIE) White Paper released:

High Impact Events and Climate Change

10.12.2013 — Updated version 25.03.2015

ECRA Briefing Document released:

The Changing Mountains of Europe: Water Resources and Ecosystems at Risk


24.04.2013 — Updated version 25.03.2015

ECRA Briefing Document released:

Advancing Arctic Climate Research in Europe for the Benefit of Society



ECRA Position Paper released:

The contribution of the European Climate Research Alliance in addressing Climate Action in Horizon 2020


Science Briefs

The European Climate Research Alliance sent out Science Briefs that provide news from climate research and European institutions and inform about upcoming events organized or joined by ECRA. Below you can find the ECRA Science Briefs that have been published so far:









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