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cmcc logo Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change

The Foundation Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC)  is a non-profit research institution established in 2005. CMCC’s main mission is to investigate and model the future of our economic and economic systems, with special emphasis on impacts of climate change and related collective actions to address mitigation challenges. Its ambition is to provide reliable, rigorous, and timely scientific results to stimulate sustainable growth, protect the environment, and to develop science driven adaptation and mitigation policies.
Much of CMCC research on biodiversity is currently focused on mapping biological diversity as a conservation priority to tackle habitat loss, fragmentation and climate change; modelling climate change impacts on biodiversity, agriculture, ecosystem functions and natural systems; assessing the risks and costs of climate change that can be of direct usability and respond to the different needs of end users from the research, business, investment, and the policy making community.

 

Contact: Prof. Carlo Carraro


CURRENT PROJECTS

TRITON – Development of management Tools and diRectives for immediate protection of bIodiversity in coasTal areas affected by sea erOsion and establishment of appropriate eNvironmental control systems

Triton's overall objective is to reduce the consequences of coastal erosion by improving the integration of coastal zone policies within broader spatial planning and socio-economic policies in Greece and Italy. Specific objectives of the project, are:
1) to increase the cost-effectiveness of decisions made in the field of coastline management;
2) to reduce and optimise the expenditure for coastal data production and processing through common GIS/SIT web based tools;
3) to support a wider diffusion of better integration of coastal erosion concerns in planning and investment decisions, through the adoption of Environmental Assessment instruments in every intervention proposed either by the public or private sector;
4) transfer of knowledge from the public sector to direct beneficiaries and investors to balance the impact, cost and risk of human induced coastal erosion;
5) assessment of common monitoring methodologies and mapping of risk tools to be incorporated into planning and investment policies for mid- and long term period;
6) Support the municipalities and operators in fund raising and access to EIB/EIF/EASME programme.

CMCC will contribute to the application of decision support tools and risk-based methodologies for coastal erosion assessment and management in the Pilot case of the Apulia coastline.

More info:

http://www.cmcc.it/projects/triton-development-of-management-tools-and-directives-for-immediate-protection-of-biodiversity-in-coastal-areas-affected-by-sea-erosion-and-establishment-of-appropriate-environmental-control-systems

 

COACCH – CO-designing the Assessment of Climate CHange costs

The final objective of COACCH is to produce an improved downscaled assessment of the risks and costs of climate change in Europe that can be of direct usability and respond to the different needs of end users from the research, business, investment, and the policy making community.

This overall objective is substantiated into five specific goals:

  • To develop technically excellent and innovative research on complex climate change impact chains, using downscaled climate information and advancing integrated assessment methods and models developed under early RTD research calls.
  • To develop a challenge-driven and solutions orientated research and innovation approach, involving stakeholders in the co-design, coproduction and co-dissemination of policy driven research.
  • To significantly advance the knowledge and the evidence base not only on climate tipping elements and tipping points but also on socio-economic tipping points.
  • To advance the economic valuation of climate action (mitigation and adaptation) in the EU at various scales (spatial grids, regions, countries, economic sectors) over short to longer-term timeframes to support a more informed policy process in the achievement of intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) for the EU.
  • To enhance innovation capacity and integration of this new knowledge using co-dissemination of results with business, industrial, public decision makers and research communities, maximising the use of innovative approaches in communication for dissemination, including direct elicitation of end-user needs to shape knowledge outreach and uptake.

More info:

http://www.coacch.eu/


Blue Growth

The OPA - Ocean Predictions and Applications CMCC division is part of the Blue Growth, an initiative of the European Commission to enhance the potential of European seas, oceans and coasts for the creation of new job opportunities and new companies in the productive sectors of the so-called "Blue Economy", in sustainable way, through the promotion of research, technology transfer and partnership between scientific research and industry.
The definition of Blue Economy (Blue Economy) includes all the human activities that use the sea, the coasts and the seabed as resources for industrial activities and the development of services, such as aquaculture, fishing, marine biotechnology, maritime tourism, coastal and cruise, maritime transport, ports and shipbuilding, marine renewable energy, included in a perspective of sustainability.

Blue Growth is the long-term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors. The strategy recognizes that the seas and oceans represent an engine for the European economy, with enormous potential for innovation and growth, and represents the contribution of the integrated maritime policy to achieving the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart growth, sustainable and inclusive.

More info:
https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/policy/blue_growth_en
https://www.cmcc.it/article/blue-growth-science-society-and-innovation-a-focus-on-the-mediterranean-and-black-sea

 

TreeDivNet

IAFES - Impacts on Agriculture, Forests and Ecosystem Services CMCC division collaborates wiht TreeDivNet, a global network of tree diversity experiments, which provides a unique platform for research on the relation between tree species diversity and ecosystem functioning in major forest types around the world. In particular, IAFES focuses on the interaction between biodiversity and ecosystem functions.

More info:
http://www.treedivnet.ugent.be/
http://www.cmcc.it/divisions/iafes
https://www.cmcc.it/article/forest-ecosystems-a-new-research-group-on-forest-modelling