A+ A A-

CIMME: Climate Change and Impacts in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East

Changes in climatic conditions are expected to be particularly severe in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. This has a number of implications including increased temperatures and temperature extremes, decreased annual precipitation, associated with fresh water scarcity and vegetation shifts. Possible consequences are that food production is threatened, human health hazards and heat-related mortality are increased. Given the relatively high sensitivity to climate change and the limited capacity of the natural environment and the socio-economic sectors in the region to cope with these issues, we expect relatively high ecological and societal vulnerabilities. This calls for science-based international discussions, new adaptation strategies, and informed political and economical decisions. The project will bring together the available environmental and economical database and apply regional climate models to perform a regional assessment, including projections for the near and more distant future in the 21st century.


The report with findings on this project is out. Download it here.



During several conferences and workshops, (among which the 'Energy, Water & Climate Change in the Mediterranean & the Middle East') presentations were given by Cyprus Institute researchers on this project. You can find PDFs of them below.

Contact person

Prof. Jos Lelieveld, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel. +357 22208600

Additional Info

  • Acronym: CIMME
  • Center: EEWRC
  • Funding Source: CyI internal funds
  • CyI Funding: 500.000
  • Funding Period: 36 months
  • Starting Date: 01/03/2008
  • End Date: 28/02/2011
  • Coordinator: CyI/EEWRC
  • Partners:

    The Cyprus Institute (CY), National Observatory of Athens (EL), Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (DE), University of Athens (EL), University of Illinois (USA), University of Surrey (UK)

Publications & Media