„New knowledge for risk reduction“

25-26 March 2015, Brussels


The ECRA General Assembly 2015 presented key challenges in climate research identified in ECRA's Collaborative Programmes. Future challenges posed by climate change were discussed in the context of research priorities, providing a comprehensive and robust knowledge base for future mitigation and adaptation measures.






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25 March 2015

Participation and Collaboration in Climate Research

Welcome and presentation of the Collaborative Programmes (15:00-18:30)

Welcome by Karin Lochte (ECRA chair, AWI, Germany)

Presentation of the Collaborative Programmes:

CP Arctic Climate Stability and Change (Thomas Jung, AWI, Germany)

CP Hydrological Cycles (Antonello Provenzale, CNR, Italy)

CP High Impact Events (Peter Braesicke, KIT, Germany)

CP Sea Level Change and Coastal Impacts (Gianmaria Sannino, ENEA, Italy)

Evening Panel Discussion (18:30-20:15)

"Importance of collaboration in Climate Research to face societal challenges:
Pathways and models of collaboration"

Moderation: Ralf Ludwig (LMU, Germany)


Panelists from left to right:
David Carlson (WMO, World Climate Research Programme), Karin Lochte (AWI, Chair of ECRA), Kurt Vandenberghe (European Commission, DG Research and Innovation), Humberto Delgado Rosa (European Commission, DG Climate Action), Sanna Sorvari (JPI Climate, Finnish Meteorological Institute), Martin Visbeck (Future Earth, GEOMAR).


26 March 2015

ECRA - Collaborative Programmes (CPs)

Scientific Presentations (08:30-17:00)


CP Arctic Climate Stability and Change
Moderation: Eystein Jansen (Bjerknes Centre, Norway)


Jeremy Wilkinson (BAS, UK)
 Why is Arctic sea ice disappearing so rapidly?

Lars Smedsrud (UNIS/ Bjerknes Centre, Norway)
 What are the local impacts of Arctic climate change?

Francisco Doblas-Reyes (ICREA/IC3/BSC, Spain)
 What are the global impacts of Arctic climate change?

Ralf Döscher (SMHI, Sweden)
 How can climate prediction capabilities be advanced?


Image: André Künzelmann, UFZ


CP Hydrological Cycles
Moderation: Antonello Provenzale (CNR, Italy)


Harald Kunstmann (KIT-IMK/IFU, Uni Augsburg, Germany)
Closure of the large scale water cycle: Performance and limitations of models and observations

Jens H. Christensen (DMI, Denmark)
 Are we able to simulate the main observed processes and feedbacks?

Elisa Palazzi (ISAC-CNR, Italy)
Prediction of precipitation (uncertainties) under different climate change scenarios

Franz Prettenthaler (Joanneum Research, Austria)
Societal challenges: Impacts of hydrological changes, risk assessment


Image: André Künzelmann, UFZ


CP High Impact Events
Moderation: Martin Drews (DTU, Denmark)


Jana Sillmann (CICERO, Norway)
Beyond the mean: Temperature extremes during the recent warming hiatus

Romualdo Romero (UIB, Spain)
Learning for the future from the observation and modelling of Medicanes

Bart van den Hurk (KNMI, Netherlands)
 Scenarios of future weather

Kirsten Halsnæs (DTU, Denmark)
 Climate risks and adaptation


Image: UFZ

CP Sea Level Change and Coastal Impacts
Moderation: Jan Even Øie Nilsen (NERSC, NO)


Anny Cazenave (LEGOS, France)
 Observations of sea level rise

Damià Gomis (UIB, Spain)
 Sea-Level Change in semi-enclosed basins. The case of the Mediterranean Sea

Svetlana Jevrejeva (NOC, UK)
 Uncertainties in global and regional sea level projections by 2100

Saskia Werners (Wageningen UR, Netherlands)
Connecting climate research to societal challenges



Thanks to all participants for a successful General Assembly 2015 !

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