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New European Topic Centre will help improve information on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation across Europe

The new consortium that will work on the European Topic Centre on Climate Change Adaptation (ETC/CCA) have started in Jan 2011. The ETC/CCA will ensure high quality and science based support to the EEA and its European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET).

The consortium is headed by the CIRCLE-2 Italian partner Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change (CMCC), and others CIRCLE-2 partners as Alterra (The Netherlands), National Environmental Research Institute at Aarhus University (Denmark) and Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal).

The main aim of ETC/CCA is to improve information among European countries on 1) data and indicators on climate change and its impacts across sectors and regions, 2) assessment of climate change vulnerabilities and natural hazard risks to society and ecosystems and 3) current or planned adaptation strategies and actions. The ETC/CCA will make use of GMES services and will also support development of user requirements. The ETC/CCA will also contribute to the EU Shared Environmental Information System in the area of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation by helping to make the relevant information more easily available for European policy-makers and citizens. Moreover, the work program of the ETC/CCA also includes contributions to the EEA's thematic assessment reports e.g. on freshwater and coastal systems and to the next pan-European State-of-the-Environment report. The ETC/CCA will, in cooperation with the European Commission and EEA member countries, contribute to the Adaptation Clearinghouse for Europe currently being developed.


Press release: HERE