Collaborative Programmes (CPs) represent ECRA core activities. The CPs are collaborative efforts of ECRA partners, aiming to identify key research topics of high scientific relevance, and to establish new frameworks of coordinated international research. CP outputs are promulgated through publications, i.e. whitepapers and work plans.
A CP may be subdivided into working groups depending on its scope. These sub-groups would have research goals and milestones complementary to the overall research goals of the CP, and could include a number of collaborative projects or activities.
There are currently four major research topics synonymous with ECRA CPs:
Arctic Climate Stability and Changes
Coordinated by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), DE; and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, NO
Coordinated by the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), DE with input from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), UK and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), DK
Sea Level Change and Coastal Impacts
Coordinated by the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), IT and the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC), NO
Changes in the Hydrological Cycle
Coordinated by the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), IT and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, DE
Workshops of the Collaborative Programmes
ECRA member institutions host regular CP Workshops (1-2 per year). The workshops are coordinated by two chairs of the CP and are supported by the ECRA secretariat. ECRA Workshops serve as platforms for climate scientists to share knowledge and to define the critical future research needs. Workshops are open to all scientists, including those working at ECRA’s member institutions, non-ECRA member institutions, as well as all who may be interested. ECRA workshops are always free of charge and consist of comprehensive science sessions; include presentations of case studies, climate initiatives, and discussions CP strategy, etc. There are typically 20-30 participants.