we are glad to present you today the first issue of the ECRA Newsletter.
It informs you about recent highlights in climate research, latest news from the European stage, possibilities for funding and new developments towards Horizon 2020, as well as ECRA related information.
As the ECRA Newsletter is still in its initial phase, feedback and comments are much appreciated.
global warming Slowdown in temperature rise since 2000 can be attributed to oceans A recent study from the Institut Català de Ciències del Clima (IC3) found that the pause in global temperature rise, occurring despite the ongoing emission of greenhouse gases, is mainly due to an increase in ocean heat uptake. Other causes include a deep prolonged solar minimum, the stratospheric water vapour and the stratospheric and tropospheric aerosols. read the study
arctic Seasonal forecast skill of Arctic sea ice area in a dynamical forecast system Scientists from the Department of Physics, University of Toronto and the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, Victoria, Canada, assessed the seasonal forecast skill of pan-Arctic sea ice area in a dynamical forecast system that includes interactive atmosphere, ocean, and sea ice components. read the study
Changes in Arctic sea ice result in increasing light transmittance and absorption The thinner and younger the ice, the larger the transmittance and absorption, increasing sea-ice melt and affecting ecosystems. These are among the findings of a study by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), which investigated the effects of light penetrating through sea ice into the upper ocean. read the study
high impact events More hurricanes to hit western Europe due to global warming In a recent study, scientists from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) used a very high resolution global climate model to show that increased Atlantic tropical sea surface temperatures extend the breeding ground for tropical cyclones eastward, with pathways directed towards Europe. read the study
sea level Melting ice has less effect on sea-level rise than thought The European Union Programme ice2sea ended its four years of research and presented a synthesis report on 15 May. It was able to reduce the uncertainty in projections of the contribution of ice sheets and glaciers to sea-level rise, and found its share to be smaller than previously estimated. read the report
NASA Satellite Data Help Pinpoint Glaciers' Role in Sea Level Rise A new study of glaciers worldwide using observations from two NASA satellites has helped resolve differences in estimates of how fast glaciers are disappearing and contributing to sea level rise. read more
hydrological cycles Exploring the saltiness of the ocean to study climate change Details are emerging from a recent research expedition to the Sub-Tropical North Atlantic. The objective of the expedition was to study the salt concentration (salinity) of the upper ocean. The scientists at the National University of Ireland Galway explored the essential role of the ocean in the global water cycle. read more
adaptation Launch event: EU strategy on adaptation to climate change Adaptation to climate change is crucial for reducing the risk and damage from current and future impacts of climate change in a cost-effective manner and to exploit potential benefits. The European Commission adopted an EU strategy on adaptation on 16 April 2013, focusing on three key objectives. read more
arctic Joint Statement by HR/VP Catherine Ashton and EU Commissioner Maria Damanaki regarding Arctic Council decision on EU's observer status Press release
save the date INTERACT Transnational Access call will be open 01.08. – 30.09. The INTERACT contract under FP7 has a Transnational Access (TA) program that offers access to 20 research stations in Northernmost Europe and Russia. There are TA calls annually open for projects to apply Transnational Access. The next TA call is open 1.8.-30.9.2013 for access visits taking place between Oct 2013 and Oct 2014. read more and register
call for applications Six Fellowships within the Italian RITMARE Flagship Project in the field of Oceanography BANDIERA-COFUND launches a call to offer 6 Fellowships to experienced researchers from all over the world to carry out research activities within fields of Oceanography. It is co-funded by FP7 Marie Curie Actions – People. The deadline for application is 24.06.2013. read more and apply
call for tenders dg clima/env Study on the impacts on low-carbon actions and investments of the installations falling under the EU emission trading system (EU-ETS) The objective of this study is to document if, and if so, where and how the ETS has had an impact on low-carbon investment decisions, and operation decisions, operators (both industry and electricity producers) covered by the EU ETS. The deadline is 05.07.2013, 16:00. read more and submit
workshop High Impact Events and Climate Change | 3-4 June | Bergen, Norway This Collaborative Programme workshop examines how high impact events work, how they can be simulated accurately in numerical models, and how we might be able to project future changes and impacts reliably. It continues the process started in Cambridge last year, establishing new partnerships between European scientists. read more
save the date International Conference on Regional Climate – CORDEX 2013 | 4-7 November | Brussels, Belgium CORDEX 2013 brings together the international community of regional climate scientists to present and discuss results from regional climate studies, with a particular emphasis on the CORDEX initiative. ECRA will host a Side Event on 6 November, 18:00-20:00. read more and register
save the date 4th Arctic ECRA Workshop | 13-15 November | Norrköping, Sweden
save the date Joint ECRA/CEN/CLISAP/WCRP workshop "High-end scenarios of regional sea level changes and their uncertainties" | 20-22 November | Hamburg, Germany
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