International research projects


• Co-financial project's number: 140EU/2011
• Management Authority: Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding
• Period: 2011 – 2013
• Research and Development national domain: 3. Environment
• FP7 Project coordinator: Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)

Scope of ECLISE project: to take the first step towards the realisation of a European Climate Service. ECLISE is a European effort in which researchers, in close cooperation with users, develop and demonstrate local climate services to support climate adaption policies. It does so by providing climate services for several climate-vulnerable regions in Europe, organized at a sectorial level: coastal defence, cities, water resources and energy production. Furthermore, ECLISE will define, in conceptual terms, how a pan-European Climate Service could be developed in the future, based on experiences from the aforementioned local services and the involvement of a broader set of European decision makers and stakeholders. The first component of ECLISE constitutes the bulk of the project and is dedicated to the generation of climate information on four selected thematic/sectorial areas in Europe: Coasts, Cities, Water and Energy in close cooperation with local users.

The main objectives of ECLISE are:
- To provide a European perspective to the functionality of climate services and the entrainment of national services into a broader European approach;
- To take a first step towards the realisation of a European Climate Service, addressing climate information needs of the EU and its Member States.
- To capitalize on previous research projects and bring together European climate research expertise and the needs of public and private organizations on future climate information. To further develop local climate services in four areas, Coasts, Cities, Water and Energy, and to make concrete demonstrations of the utility of these services in support of local climate adaptation policies.
- To provide an outline and proof of concept for future European-wide Climate Services.
The Institute of Geography is involved in the ECLISE project with the coordination of 3 local case studies (Baia Mare town, the Vrancea Seismogenic Region and the Baragan Plain) regarding studies on water management issues, landslide and risk assessment and the impact of climate change on urban areas.

Results and impact: The IGAR team is involved in the assessment of current climate variability and climate change up to 2050 for the Baia Mare urban area (Task 4.1); the impact of climate change on agriculture in the Baragan Plain (Task 5.1) and the assessment of landslide and flood hazards and risks in the Vrancea Seismic Region from a climate change perspective.
Also, the strong interaction with users of the data is aimed in the project, the project results being supplied according to their needs.

IGAR research team: Dr. Mihaela Sima (director de proiect), Prof. Dan Bălteanu, Dr. Carmen Dragotă, Dr. Monica Dumitraşcu, Dr. Ana Popovici, Dr. Dana Micu, Dr. Mihai Micu, Dr. Viorel Chendeş, Dr. Ines Grigorescu, Dr. Gheorghe Kucsicsa, Dr. Diana Dogaru

Contact person IGAR: Dr. Mihaela Sima,
Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy, 12 Dimitrie Racovita, Sector 2, Bucharest, 023993,
email: simamik@yahoo.com

• For more information please visit www.eclise-project.eu
• UEFISCDI webpage: http://uefiscdi.gov.ro/

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