CLAMER: Climate Change and Marine Ecosystem Research Results


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CLAMER: Climate Change and Marine Ecosystem Research Results

  1. 1. CLAMER Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research Climate Change & Marine Ecosystem Research Results EU Project: FP7-2009-1-244132 General coordinators: Katja Philippart & Carlo Heip, NIOZ Irish partner: Anthony Grehan, NUIG
  2. 2. 17 CLAMER Partners 2
  3. 3. Beneficiary name Short name Country Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research NIOZ The Netherlands Marine Board – European Science Foundation ESF-MB France / Belgium Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science CEFAS United Kingdom Flanders Marine Institute VLIZ Belgium Danish Meteorological Institute DMI Denmark Plymouth Marine Laboratory PML United Kingdom University of Brest UBO-IUEM France Università Politecnica delle Marche UNIVPM Italy Hellenic Centre for Marine Research HCMR Greece National University of Ireland – Galway NUIG Ireland Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences NIOO-KNAW The Netherlands Natural Environment Research Council NOCS-NERC United Kingdom University of East Anglia UEA United Kingdom Océanopolis SOPAB France Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science SAHFOS United Kingdom Spanish Council for Scientific Research CSIC Spain University of Tromsø UoT Norway 3
  4. 4. Why CLAMER? It is now common knowledge that climate change is one of the main challenges facing society in the coming decades. EU research on climate change impacts on the marine environment has led and is leading to important advances in scientific knowledge. But these impacts are not well known or understood by the wider European and global public. This is partly due to: inadequate communication of research results to the public, including the wider scientific public, agencies and policy makers. most people have no strong direct involvement with the marine environment (beyond the beaches). This gap in knowledge and communication needs to be filled to help catalyse formulation and acceptance of the necessary mitigation and adaptation measures for the marine environment. 4
  5. 5. Trace Gases: CO2 Time Series
  6. 6. Project Aims 1. Summarise EU research results on the impacts of climate change on the marine environment. 2. Survey the existing public knowledge and perception of the impacts of climate change on the marine environment and its socio-economic consequences in different parts of Europe. 3. Organise an international conference and other outreach activities to fill the identified gaps in the general public’s knowledge. 6
  7. 7. CLAMER Work Packages WP1 : EU Research Results Leaders: Niall McDonough & Jan-Bart Calewaert WP2 : Public Perception & Awareness Leaders: John Pinnegar & Paul Buckley WP3 : Conference & Outreach Activities Leaders: Jan Mees & Jan Seys 7
  8. 8. WP 1: EU Research Results Leaders: Niall McDonough & Jan-Bart Calewaert, Marine Board-ESF Primary objectives: 1.Compile a ‘state of the art’ summary of EU research results on the impacts of climate change on the oceans, including all the major regional seas and habitats in Europe. 2.Identify the gaps to be filled by future European marine climate change research: For the scientific audience (review papers) For policy makers (position papers, fact sheets, an IPCC like report) 8
  9. 9. The SEP Name Institute Expertise Deep-water coral ecology and sustainable ocean resource 1. Dr. Anthony Grehan NUIG management 2. Prof. Dr. Carlo Heip (Chair) NIOZ Benthic ecology, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning 3. Dr. Jun She DMI Regional climate change, waves and 3D ocean modelling Global change impacts on marine ecosystems, ecology and sustainable 4. Dr. Manuel Barange PML use of marine resources 5. Prof. Dr. Paul Tréguer UBO Marine biogeochemistry 6. Prof. Dr. Paul Wassmann UoT Environmental biology, arctic marine ecology, C-flux 7. Prof. Dr. Phil Weaver NOCS Marine geology, geosphere-biosphere interactions 8. Dr. Rachel Warren UEA Economic, climate and climate impact modelling 9. Prof. Dr. Roberto Danovaro UNIVPM Deep sea biodiversity and ecology 10. Prof. Dr. Vangelis HCMR Ecotoxicology, marine ecology and ecosystem management Papathanassiou 11. Prof. Dr. Marion Gehlen LSCE Marine geochemistry 9 12. Prof. Dr. Temel Oguz METU Black Sea ecosystem and circulation dynamics
  10. 10. WP 2: Public Perception & Awareness Leaders: John Pinnegar & Paul Buckley, CEFAS Primary objectives: 1.Evaluate the success and/or failure of previous attempts to disseminate EU research results among the general public, especially those projects concerning climate change in the marine environment and: Identify projects that were successful in this regard Highlight tools and techniques that proved popular Offer recommendations with respect to future dissemination efforts and outreach methodologies 10
  11. 11. WP2 objectives continued 2. Assess the public perception and knowledge of EU research on climate change impacts on the marine environment, including: the socio-economic consequences their views about adaptation and mitigation measures Subcontractor TNS will poll at least 9 European countries 3. From this analysis: identify the priority gaps to be filled by CLAMER WP 3 establish a strategy to communicate research results (from WP1) inform the development of appropriate and acceptable climate change measures 11
  12. 12. WP 3: Conference & Outreach Activities Leaders: Jan Mees& Jan Seys, VLIZ Primary objectives: 1.Join elements from WP1 and WP2 and translate the knowledge into messages and recommendations at different levels that are understandable for: • The general educated public • Teachers • Policy makers • Scientific journalists • etc 12
  13. 13. Achieving WP3 Depending on the target, different strategies will be implemented to obtain wide and balanced information and participation from affected European countries and beyond: An international pan-European conference (September 2011, Brussels) A 50’ televised film plus shorter DVD (Leader: Océanopolis) Glossy Book (Leaders: SAHFOS/CSIC) Website and portal Displays at marine institutes and aquaria Press coverage of the CLAMER project and conference 13
  14. 14. WP Workflow & dissemination WP3: Conference & outreach activities Scientific General community Public Policy makers WP2: Public WP1: EU perception & Research results awareness 14
  15. 15. Advisory Group The AG will formulate an independent opinion on the relevance, general progress and products of the CLAMER project in relation to their specific expertise and competence. Representatives from a number of stakeholder organisations have been approached, including: IPCC World climate Research Programme NGO’s: IUCN, Seas at Risk, WWF ICES EFARO Representation from the coastal unions: EUCC UK Waterborne TP EATIP European dredging association Europeche European parliament contact 15
  16. 16. Project delivery plan: 18 short months! CLAMER Start: 1st April 2010 Website and portal open: August 2010 Science policy briefing on EU research: April 2011 Scientific review paper on EU research: April 2011 Finish public perception and valuation survey and assessment: April 2011 Events at aquaria and marine institutes: Summer 2011 International conference: September 2011 Book launch: September 2011 Film launch: September 2011 16
  17. 17. WP2 Task 2: Climate Change Impacts on the Marine Environment: Research Results & Public Perception Survey 17
  18. 18. While global environmental problems have existed for a long time, its only in recent years that they have become widespread matters of concern among the general public. In 2007 the issue of climate change was at the forefront of the debate on global environmental problems. This culminated in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize being awarded jointly to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore. In the 2008, a Special Eurobarometer survey on “European’s attitudes towards Climate Change”, global warming and climate change ranked as the second most serious problem by the Europeans.
  19. 19. At the country level, absolute majorities in nearly all countries regard "global warming/climate change" as a serious problem, with the exception of citizens in the Czech Republic (45% consider this to be a serious problem), Italy and Portugal (both 47%). In Cyprus (92%) and Greece (90%) around nine in ten citizens think that “global warming/climate change” is one of the most serious problems. In Slovenia this figure is as high as eight respondents in ten.
  20. 20. The extent to which respondents feel informed about certain topics related to climate change, i.e. their subjective level of information, appears to be a crucial influence on their perception of “global warming/climate change”. In fact, Those who say that they feel informed about the issue are significantly more inclined to think that “global warming / climate change” is one of the most serious problems our world faces today. However, there seems to be a gap between what is known through research and what policy makers and the public know and understand regarding the impacts of Climate Change on the Oceans
  21. 21. Research Need Objectives Fill the gap between what is known through research and Identify the marine and coastal what policy makers and the climate change issues that European public know and understand citizens know and care about. about the impact of climate change in the Oceans. Test European citizens’ awareness of Help catalyse formulation and major research initiatives, highlight the acceptance of the mitigation and perceived urgency and establish adaptation measures for the whether they would be prepared to marine environment. make financial commitments to “adapt” to long-term marine climate change. TNS will conduct a multi-country internet survey Ireland will participate through the sponsorship of the Marine Institute, EPA and Heritage Council
  22. 22. Ocean acidification - an Irish problem?
  23. 23. Key Recommendations 1. The potential consequences of ocean acidification need to be addressed in climate change and environmental policy development, especially in relation to mitigation strategies to reduce carbon emissions. 2. A nationally coordinated multidisciplinary marine climate change and ecosystem monitoring and research programme should be firmly established for Irish waters with ocean acidification monitoring as a cornerstone. 3. This should take place within the framework of international monitoring obligations and policy requirements. Strong links and partnership should be developed with ocean acidification programmes in other European countries. 4. Specialist capacity and expertise is further required and existing infrastructure needs to be further developed and maintained. It will also facilitate future involvement of Irish researchers in international projects in this field. Focused research into impacts of ocean acidification will enable progressively better evaluations to be made of the threat posed to the Irish marine environment and economy.
  24. 24. Thank You Also check out posters on: CoralFISH and HERMIONE, two large integrated projects focused on the deep-sea environment