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Media contact details: Chiara Bearzotti, Blue-Action project manager, E: chb@we dont want Twitter: Opens external link in new window@BG10Blueaction

If you wish to access other materials related to the project, please look in these sections:

Reports of the project progress and results: visit the section Opens internal link in current windowReports

Presentations held at events: visit the section Opens internal link in current windowEvents

Peer-reviewed articles: visit the section Opens internal link in current windowPublications

NEW! 16 January 2018 Press release "Scientists and stakeholders anticipate alternative futures for remote Russian Arctic region"

On December 8, 2017, Vladimir Putin visited the remote Yamal Peninsula Western Siberia to celebrate the launch of the extensive international Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. At the same time, a group of Russian and international scientists and stakeholders from science, media, non-governmental organizations and indigenous groups gathered in Moscow to discuss the development prospects of the same region, the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, as part of the “Yamal 2040” workshop series... >>Initiates file downloadRead more in the press release (PDF)

Project factsheet (May 2017): Initiates file downloadDownload (PDF)

Project flyer (2017): Initiates file downloadDownload (PDF)

Project introductory presentation (2017): Initiates file downloadDownload (PDF) and Initiates file downloadPowerPoint

Logo of the project in colours, b/w and in different resolutions and formats: Initiates file downloadZipped file

28 April 2017 The Obukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences awarded Russian funding for mirrowing Blue-Action proposal!

Partner Obukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences (IAP RAS), represented by the PI Vladimir Semenov, has been awarded Russian funding by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science for taking part in the Blue-Action activities.

IAP RAS will in particularly contribute to the following:

  • Impact of rapidly warming Arctic and decreasing sea ice extent on atmosphere circulation in high- and mid-latitudes including related extreme events.  
  • Future scenarios of greenhouse gases’ emissions from the North Eurasia and methane emissions from the North Eurasian shelf.
  • Quantifying relative roles of internal climate variability and external forcing in the Arctic climate changes on different time scales, identifying climate feedbacks responsible for amplified climate change in the Arctic.

IAP RAS will be actively involved in:

-WP3: WP3 Linkages of Arctic climate changes to lower latitudes (Yongqi Gao/NERSC, Co-lead:  Guillaume Gastineau/LOCEAN)-WP8 Communication, dissemination, engagement and exploitation (Lead: Raeanne Miller/SRSL, co-lead; Peter Normann Vangsbo Climate-KIC)

More information: please contact Opens window for sending emailVladimir Semenov (IAP RAS)

Photo courtesy of Stephane Lartigue Sud Ouest

17 March 2017 Alain Juppé visiting EPOC labs "Ces labos sont des pépites!"

Alain Juppé, former prime Minister of France, mayor of Bordeaux, visited EPOC, our partner, and got briefed about our project by Didier Swingedouw. More info about Juppé's visit in the French media: Initiates file downloadArticle in French only!

The Maritime Executive on WOC participation in Blue-Action, 19 January 2017

WOC joins Blue-Action project

The World Ocean Council (WOC) has been selected as the only international business organization to participate in the European project Blue-Action. Opens external link in new windowRead the full article

Photo: courtesy of Mike Steele (RIAG)

#Storify of #BlueAction in Berlin, January 2017

How did the kickoff meeting go? Opens external link in new windowRead the full #Storify

High North News interviews Kathrin Keil, 20 January 2017

Warming Arctic - Extreme Events

High North News interviews Kathrin Keil, Blue-Action WP5 co-leader on the warming Arctic, extreme events, joining multi-disciplinary forces and the importance of climate services  Opens external link in new windowRead the full article

Press release: 19 January 2017, WOC

WOC Partners in Research on Impact of Arctic Changes

This press-release was launched at the opening of the first meeting of Blue-Action: Opens external link in new windowread the full version of the WOC press release

Press release: 12 December 2016, Climate-KIC

Blue-action’ to help society cope with the impacts of dramatic Arctic climate changes

The Blue-Action project will seek to reach out to the private sector decision makers and actively engage with them to enhance response capacity to climate change challenges and foster transfer and use of project results via Climate-KIC, which will in turn boost economic growth. Climate-KIC is responsible for the Work Package 8 and will be in charge of communication and dissemination to a broad European business community including shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, renewable energy (wind, wave, tidal), ports, dredging, cables and pipelines, carbon capture and storage, as well as the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities Opens external link in new windowRead the full version of the CKIC press release

Photo: courtesy of Climate-KIC

Press release: 1 December 2016

Scientists take "blue-action" to help society cope with the impacts of dramatic Arctic climate changes

While the Arctic faces rapid warming and less sea ice currently covers the Arctic Ocean than ever before at this time of the year, an international partnership launches a major project to improve our detailed understanding of the processes and impacts of this changing climate and to construct better long-term forecast systems for the increasingly extreme weather of the Arctic and the wider northern hemisphere.

Blue-Action is a four-year research and innovations project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme with €7.5 million investment. It brings together 116 experts from 40 organisations in 17 countries on three continents working in academia, local authorities and maritime industries.

Pooling their expertise, skills, approaches and networks, the partners aim to improve how we describe, model and predict the weather and climate on seasonal to decadal time scales in the Arctic and over the northern hemisphere. This information will allow communities and businesses in Eurasia and North America to develop and plan their activities better.

“We will deliver this by synthesizing observations, assessing model performance, conducting coordinated multi-model sensitivity experiments, reducing and evaluating the uncertainty in prediction systems and developing new initialization techniques” explains Dr Daniela Matei from the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, one of two coordinators of the project.

“Working directly with local communities, businesses operating in the Arctic and industrial organisations, Blue-Action will demonstrate new opportunities for growth through tailored climate services. These will give users the information they need to live and work safely and successfully in the rapidly changing regions in and surrounding the Arctic” says project coordinator Dr Steffen M Olsen from the Danish Meteorological Institute in Copenhagen.

“We are starting today to reach out to the many communities and businesses in the far north to work with us to guide our research direction and to co-develop adaptation mechanisms that will allow them to not only sustain but to boost their performance,” says Steffen Olsen.

“We will collaborate with other modelling and observational climate projects funded within the JPI-Climate Belmont-Forum, EU-H2020 frameworks to maximise the synergy and efficiency of our research efforts,” adds Dr Matei.

While the project begins its work on 1st December 2016, the Blue-Action kick-off meeting will be held 18-20 January 2017 at the Max Planck Society’s Harnack-Haus in Berlin.

Read the full press release: Initiates file downloadBlue-Action

Photo: courtesy of Dirk Notz, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

Press release: 28 October 2016

New projects to understand the Arctic region and its climate extremes

The European Commission is providing almost EUR 31 million for three new Arctic Blue Growth research projects.

The projects involve 85 organisations from a total of 22 countries with a high number of international partners including the US, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea. The main goal is to better understand the Arctic area and how it is influencing climate change. Optimising observation systems, designing tools to collect and integrate relevant data, and developing innovative approaches to predict weather and climate extremes are some of the objectives.

The three projects contribute to the implementation of the Trans-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance and to the EU's Blue Growth Agenda and its long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole.

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Transatlantic Ocean Research Alliance
EU Blue Growth Agenda
Policy topics - The Arctic & Climate change


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Arctic Resilience Report published

The Arctic Resilience Report was published on 25 November 2016: "Environmental, ecological, and social changes are happening faster than ever in the Arctic, and are accelerating. They are also more extreme, well beyond what has been seen before. This means the integrity of Arctic ecosystems is increasingly challenged, threatening the sustainability of current ways of life in the Arctic and likely disruption of global climate and ecosystems."

Watch the recording of the Opens external link in new windowlaunch event "What is at stake in the Arctic?"

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