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Arctic Impact on Weather and Climate (Blue-Action)

Description:

As the number of warm days and nights continues to increase across Europe, so does the intensity, frequency and length of heat waves. Heat waves have caused many more fatalities in Europe in recent decades than any other extreme weather event, according to the European Environment Agency. However, the vulnerability of communities and individuals to heatwaves is localised, and depends on socioeconomic, political, physiological, and behavioural factors.

Blue-Action involves over 120 experts from 40 organisations in 17 countries, pooling expertise to improve how scientists model and predict the impact of warming in the Arctic region. It has developed a climate service to provide more accurate sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasts of heat wave events. Co-designed with the City of Almada, Portugal, and other relevant national and international health agencies and built on the experiences of existing operational schemes, this initiative provides targeted information to help the public health sector improve decision-making, planning and adaptation to climate change.

With improved spatial resolution of climate data, as well as an exhaustive mortality dataset covering a large ensemble of 147 regions in 16 countries, this innovative prototype of heat health early warning system enables health services to predict the impacts of heat on health and therefore activate preventive actions, as well as to understand the spatiotemporal differences among European societies in human vulnerability to ambient temperatures.

Within the project, experts/partners have worked with a wide range of industries, sectors, and experts to provide an exhaustive overview about the best way to design and implement a heat health early warning system for Europe. Based on these inputs, it has been developed and implemented a prototype of the heat health early warning system. An evaluation of the product is also available within the section Deliverables of the project. In addition, some publications have already been published, specifically on (i) trends in temperature-related age-specific and sex-specific mortality from cardiovascular diseases in Spain and on (ii) the reversal of the seasonality of temperature-attributable mortality from respiratory diseases in Spain.

Project information

Lead

DANMARKS METEOROLOGISKE INSTITUT, Denmark

Partners

LAPIN YLIOPISTO, Finland

CAMARA MUNICIPAL DE ALMADA, Portugal

FONDAZIONE CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEOSUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI, Italy

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS, France

YONSEI UNIVERSITY, South Korea

DNV GL AS, Norway

DANMARKS PELAGISKE PRODUCENTORGANISATION FORENING, Denmark

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET, Denmark

FORESIGHT INTELLIGENCE GBR, Germany

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL, Germany

HAVSTOVAN, Faeroe Islands

INSTITUTE OF ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS OFCHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, China

ORGANIZATION OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMYOF SCIENCES A.M. OBUKHOV INSTITUTEOF ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS RAS, Russia

INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES EV, Germany

FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE CIENCIES DEL CLIMA, Spain

FEDERAL STATE BUDGETARY INSTITUTION - INSTITUTE OF WORLD ECONOMY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, Russia

KONSORTIUM DEUTSCHE MEERESFORSCHUNG EV, Germany

MEOPAR INCORPORATED, Canada

MERCATOR OCEAN, France

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV, Germany

HAFRANNSOKNASTOFNUN, RANNSOKNA- OG RADGJAFARSTOFNUN HAFS OG VATNA, Iceland

MARINE SCOTLAND, United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH NONPROFIT CORPORATION, United States

STIFTELSEN NANSEN SENTER FOR MILJOOG FJERNMALING, Norway

STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN, Netherlands

STICHTING NETHERLANDS ESCIENCE CENTER, Netherlands

UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION, United Kingdom

PELAGIC FREEZER TRAWLER ASSOCIATION, Netherlands

RUKAKESKUS OY, Finland

THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINESCIENCE LBG, United Kingdom

SAMS RESEARCH SERVICES LIMITED, United Kingdom

UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG, Germany

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN, Norway

NORCE NORWEGIAN RESEARCH CENTRE AS, Norway

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, United States

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING, United Kingdom

WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION, United States

WORLD OCEAN COUNCIL EUROPE, France

FUNDACION PRIVADA INSTITUTO DE SALUD GLOBAL BARCELONA, Spain

CLIMATE-KIC APS, Denmark

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH, Switzerland

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND MAYNOOTH, Ireland

NATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHY CENTRE, United Kingdom

Source of funding

Horizon 2020

Published in Climate-ADAPT Nov 09 2020   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Sep 10 2021

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