Policy impacts


Blue-Action's climate research produces results that have policy relevance on local, national and international levels. 

We work with policy-makers and policy organisations to provide timely and robust evidence on relevant topics. If you are a policy organisation and would like to work with us, please contact our communications office.

Blue-Action also organises briefings to disseminate key findings from the project that are of policy relevance. See "Slowing Gulf Stream" and "Ocean Observations and Predictions" for details of our latest two briefings.

Blue-Action is committed to supporting and enhancing European and global policies on climate change, sustainability and cooperation. See below for summaries of our contributions. 


Blue Growth

Blue Growth is the long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole. Seas and oceans are drivers for the European economy and have great potential for innovation and growth. It is the maritime contribution to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

 

Blue-Action opens matchmaking dialogue between the users of the project modelling data, their analyses and the core scientific groups with the goal of strengthening the competitiveness and growth of businesses which need climate and weather data or analysis for enhancing their existing core business activities that rely on improved forecasting capacity. A focus of Blue-Action is on providing knowledge and security in the blue economy, focussing on marine knowledge, to improve access to information about the sea and maritime spatial planning, to ensure efficient and sustainable management of activities at sea.


Galway Statement

The Galway Statement is an agreement for TransAtlantic cooperation so that the Atlantic ocean is healthy, resilient, safe, productive, understood and treasured  so as to promote the well-being, prosperity, and security of present and future generations.


Blue-Action contributes to the statement firstly through ocean observation and data sharing. By using observational data and including these in new modelling systems, Blue-Action teams are developing our understanding of linkages between the Arctic and the Northern Hemisphere, and improving the wider scientific capacity to predict changes across the Atlantic region. The project has also committed to open data access, specifically enabling open access to our outputs through the Blue-Action community in Zenodo.

 

Blue-Action scientists have worked to understand ocean health and fisheries, through studying the linkages between climate and ecosystem dynamics in the subpolar North Atlantic, and forecasting the distribution of economically valuable species. Finally, Blue-Action enhances capacity building and engagement through working with public and private decision-makers and users of climate information to better understand their needs for incorporating uncertain scientific evidence into real-world decision-making processes.


UN Sustainable Development Goals

 

Blue-Action contributes to the UN sustainable development goals, specifically:

UN SDG 9 Build a resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation 

Blue-Action contributes to the achievement of this UN SDG through an increased climate predictive capacity across the Arctic and northern hemisphere across timescales beyond seasons, allowing for planning and design of future infrastructure to be resilient and responsive to the future environment.

 

UN SDG 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Blue-Action improves the ability of businesses, communities, NGOs, and policy-makers to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by upskilling business, policymaking, and NGO communities to increase their capacity to understand and incorporate climate information into their decision-making processes. 

 

UN SDG 14 Life below water

Blue-Action develops climate service products to foresee changes in the ocean, and their impacts on biological organisms, to predict the impacts of climate change and climate variability. Such forecasts can help to improve the management of fish stocks, improving both their sustainability and potentially increasing the yield that can be extracted, thereby supporting the ability of dependent communities, business and individuals to respond to climate change and climate variability.


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