Purpose of Blue-Action

Blue-Action: Arctic Impact on Weather and Climate is a Research and Innovation action.

Start date:                             1 December 2016

End date:                              30 September 2021

Total EC contribution:       7.5 million Euro

Total costs:                            8.2 million Euro


We are all facing a changing climate.

Businesses, policymakers, and local communities need to access reliable weather and climate information to safeguard human health, wellbeing, economic growth, and environmental sustainability.

However, important changes in climate variability and extreme weather events are difficult to pinpoint and account for in existing modelling and forecasting tools. Moreover, many changes in the global climate are linked to the Arctic, where climate change is occurring rapidly, making weather and climate prediction a considerable challenge.

Blue-Action will evaluate the impact of Arctic warming on the northern hemisphere and develop new techniques to improve forecast accuracy at sub-seasonal to decadal scales. Blue-Action will specifically work to understand and simulate the linkages between the Arctic and the global climate system, and the Arctic’s role in generating weather patterns associated with hazardous conditions and climatic extremes.

In doing so, Blue-Action aims to improve the safety and wellbeing of people in the Arctic and across the Northern Hemisphere, to reduce the risks associated with Arctic operations and resource exploitation, and to support evidence-based decision-making by policymakers worldwide.

Project aims


Improve capacity to predict the weather and climate of the Northern Hemisphere, and make it possible to better forecast of extreme weather phenomena.

·         Improve the capacity to respond to the impact of climatic change on the environment and human activities in the Arctic, both in the short and longer term.

·         Improve the capacity of climate models to represent Arctic warming and its impact on regional and global atmospheric and oceanic circulation.

·         Improve the uptake of measurements from satellites by making use of new Earth observation assets.

·         Lead to optimised observation systems for various modelling applications.

·         Contribute to a robust and reliable forecasting framework that can help meteorological and climate services to deliver better predictions, including at sub-seasonal and seasonal time scales.

·         Improve stakeholders’ capacity to adapt to climate change.

·         Contribute to better servicing the economic sectors that rely on improved forecasting capacity (e.g. shipping, mining).

·         Contribute to the Year of Polar Prediction and IPCC, and to the Copernicus Climate Change Service.

·         Improve the professional skills and competences for those working and being trained to work within this subject area.

·         Improving innovation capacity and the integration of new knowledge.

·         Strengthening the competitiveness and growth of companies by developing innovations meeting the needs of European and global markets; and, where relevant, by delivering such innovations to the markets.

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