3rd DARECLIMED Workshop
Date: From Wednesday 13 June 2012
To Thursday 14 June 2012
The workshop is being supported through funding received from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 262263 [DARECLIMED]
The Energy, Environment, and Water Research Center (EEWRC) of The Cyprus Institute and the (ITU) organise a two-day workshop on the 13th and 14th of June 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. The workshop is being organized in the framework of the EU-DARECLIMED project (Data Repositories and Computational Infrastructure for Environmental and Climate Studies in the Eastern Mediterranean)
The workshop aims to explore the hardware and software requirements necessary for creating and maintaining a data repository for energy, water and climate related data in the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Background and Rationale
The Mediterranean and the Middle East are expected to experience substantial climate changes and associated adverse impacts of these changes in the 21st century. This will result in major challenges related to energy- as well as water demand and supply, to name but two of the major issues. It will be essential to deal with the undesirable economical and societal consequences of these impacts and to develop and manage appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies cooperatively in the region. These challenges are increasingly recognized as a high priority policy issues and will require engaging relevant national, regional and international entities into an integrated study of regional climate change, its impact and associated policy issues related to mitigation and adaptation. One of the prerequisites to do so is the availability of data and information on current conditions as well as on future projections in the fields of climate, energy and water. The main goal of the DARECLIMED project lies in the preparation and the implementation of a regional data infrastructure devoted to climate, water, energy and related topics. To this end the project will set up expert groups and carry out studies and networking activities aimed at regional climate stakeholders (research institutions, public authorities, relevant state agencies, NGOs, etc.), in the region in order to raise awareness and engage key actors. This will enable addressing more specific objectives including: (i) creating the appropriate conditions for the formation of a regional data infrastructure devoted to climate, energy and water related data; (ii) contributing to a climate change study through sharing and comparing numerical climate model results; (iii) develop capacity building initiatives and incubation activities for future collaborative climate research in the eastern Mediterranean.