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HELIX : High-End cLimate Impacts and eXtremes


With the target of limiting global warming to 2ºC increasingly difficult to achieve, policymakers, businesses and other decision-makers need to plan to adapt to changes in climate under higher levels of global warming.  This requires coherent information on the future climate conditions, and the consequences of different adaptation actions. While a vast array of projections, scenarios and estimates of future climate change and its impacts already exists, much is conflicting, unclear, of unknown levels of certainty and difficult to use to inform decisions. HELIX addresses this by providing a clear, coherent, internally-consistent view of a manageable number of “future worlds” under higher levels of global warming reached under a range of circumstances, supported by advice on which aspects are more certain and which less certain.  This will be delivered through groundbreaking scientific research across a range of physical, natural and social science disciplines, in close engagement with experienced users of climate change information in order to ensure appropriate focus, clarity and utility. 

Project information

University of Exeter

University of Exeter (United Kingdom)
Met Office (United Kingdom)
Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (United Kingdom)
VU University Amsterdam (The Nederlands)
EU Joint Research Centre - JRC
World food Programme - WFO
Universite de Liege (France)
Centre national de la recherche scientifique - CNRS (France)
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute - SMHI (Sweden)
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research - PIK (Germany)
University College London - UCL (United Kingdom)
Technical University of Crete (Greece)
IGAD Climate Prediction & Applications Centre - ICPAC (Kenya)
Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (Bangladesh)
Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer - FITT (India)
Agence Nationale de l’Aviation Civile et de la Météorologie - ANACIM (Senegal)

Source of funding
European Commission - Seventh Framework Programme

Reference information



Climate Change impact scenarios, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, regional analysis Europe


2013 - 2017

Climate impacts

Droughts, Extreme Temperatures, Flooding, Ice and Snow, Sea Level Rise, Storms, Water Scarcity


Adaptation Measures and Actions, Observations and Scenarios, Adaptation Plans and Strategies, Vulnerability Assessment


Agriculture, Biodiversity, Buildings, Coastal areas, Disaster Risk Reduction, Energy, Financial, Forestry, Health, Marine and Fisheries, Transport, Urban, Water management

Geographic characterization


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