The “SOCLIMPACT” is a new three-year project under the “Horizon 2020” Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The project aims to downscale climate impacts through modeling of the Climate Change effects and their economic impacts on European islands and archipelagos for 2030 – 2100, within the context of the EU Blue Economy. It will assess corresponding decarbonisation and adaptation pathways, thus complementing current available projections for Europe, nourishing and enhancing socioeconomic and non-market evaluation of Climate Change for Europe, for 2050 and beyond.
The project is coordinated by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and brings together 24 partner organizations from nine EU member states, including two from Cyprus: the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC) of The Cyprus Institute and Interfusion Services.
The Cyprus Institute’s research team is led by Prof. Despina Serghides while Dr. George Zittis and Dr. Elias Giannakis are the main researchers.
Through the use and update of existing climate impact models, the project aims to improve understanding of islands’ climate, contribute to the economic evaluation of climate impacts and related policies for the EU´s Blue Economy sectors, increase the effectiveness of the economic modelling of climate impact chains and deliver innovative decision-making support tools to facilitate climate-related policy decision making for Blue Growth.
By using EU islands as living labs with a high replicability potential, SOCLIMPACT will provide stronger methodologies to better measure and assess the associated costs, benefits and risks of global Climate Change in other EU coastal regions.
The project kicked-off last month in Las Palmas of the Gran Canarias where the foundations of this ambitious venture have been laid.
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This project has received funding from the European
Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
under grant agreement No 776661