Research projects

Global Physical Reanalysis Lot 2

The Monitoring and Forecasting Centre for the global Ocean (GLO MFC), coordinated by Mercator Ocean International is part of the seven Monitoring and Forecasting Centres (MFCs), and generates model-based products, providing operational analysis and forecasts together with long-term physical and biogeochemical Reanalyses covering the satellite altimetry era. The Reanalysis component shall produce an ensemble of Reanalyses generated by state-of-the-art ocean modeling and data assimilation components, extensively validated, and disseminated at high temporal and spatial resolutions. These global ocean Reanalysis products will be compiled in order to quantify the state of the ocean and its uncertainty using an ensemble approach.


HIGHLANDER – High performance computing to support smart land services

Through the use of High Performance Computing, HIGHLANDER will make it possible to process data and generating climate forecasts and projections to reduce the risks associated with climate change, for a more intelligent and sustainable management of natural resources and the territory.


MARINE-EO PCP – Marine EO Pre-Commercial Procurement

The aim of Marine-EO procurement is to develop, test and validate a bundle of innovative EO downstream services bringing incremental or radical innovations in the field of maritime awareness leveraging on the existing Copernicus services (i.e. CMEMS, Security) and other products from the Copernicus portfolio. The innovative EO downstream services are divided in 2 thematic areas: (i) Thematic Area 1: Copernicus marine environment monitoring and climate change (SATOCEAN service); (ii) Thematic Area 2: Copernicus security (SATSURVEILLANCE service)

Ocean, Cities & Coasts, Future Earth.


NAVIGATE – Next generation of AdVanced InteGrated Assessment modelling to support climaTE policy making

NAVIGATE is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme and carried out by a consortium of 15 European organisations and two others BRIC countries organizations (Brazil and China). It aims to develop the Next generation of AdVanced InteGrated Assessment modelling to support climaTE policy making. It will critically improve the capability of Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) to inform the design and evaluation of climate policies by targeting major advancements in two areas: describing transformative change in the economy, in technology and in consumer goods and services, and describing distributional impacts of climate change and climate policy.


NEMESI – NanotEcnologie chiMiche green per la protEzione Sostenibile delle pIante

The NEMESI project is aimed at the creation of biobased / biomaterial products from renewable (biomass) and recycled sources with a view to fighting the spread of several plant pathogens that have been severely affecting the whole economic and agriculture system in Italy. The intensification of agricultural crops and high market demands have forced the industry to intensify the use of chemicals to limit the effects of plant diseases, which has had a strong impact on the environment, food quality and human health. The proposed material in NEMESI is Nanocellulose, that is supposed to be used as a carrier of innovative agrochemicals based on nanotechnology approaches.


OFIDIA – Operational FIre Danger preventIon plAtform 2

The project is motivated by the challenging problem of preventing and fighting wildfires in the forests and rural areas of Epirus and Apulia. OFIDIA2 primarily capitalizes on the OFIDIA project of the “2007-2013” programme, yet it covers substantially larger areas in terms of patrolling and monitoring in both regions. The maintenance of the natural environment is crucial due to the competitive advantages that it offers to the above regions in terms of biodiversity, tourist attraction, sustainable development and protection from natural catastrophes. OFIDIA2 proposes a pragmatic approach to improve the operational capacity of the stakeholders to detect and fight forest wildfires. It performs “real time” monitoring through sensor data; provides weather forecasts in the two regions; it develops a fire-behavior projection model; it aims at creating a new wildfires control center building in Apulia. The network will offer real-time environmental monitoring to predict the risks of fire development and the necessary adoption of control strategies. With the help of HD video cameras, wireless sensors networks and drones, the stakeholders will effectively patrol high-danger and remotely located areas.

Water, Food and Land Use, Future Earth, Global Policy, Jobs & Growth.


PEERS – Peer Review of the Disaster Risk Management

The objective of PEERS is to implement, over a period of 24 months (2020-2022) a programme of peer reviews targeting a maximum of four countries wishing to have their disaster risk management/civil protection system reviewed. The programme will allow for peer reviews of a country’s civil protection/disaster risk management system and policies and/or specific aspects/issues of civil protection/disaster risk management put forward by the reviewed country (e.g. with focus on particular types of risks and/or certain geographical areas, risk assessment, risk management capability assessments, legislative framework for disaster risk management, prevention and/or preparedness strategies, etc.). The peer review process will also foster policy dialogue, improve coherence and steer progress in critical areas for the EU cooperation on civil protection and disaster risk management.


PRIMAVERA – PRocess-based climate sIMulation: AdVances in high resolution modelling and European climate Risk Assessment

PRIMAVERA draws on key scientific and technological advances in four cross-disciplinary areas: i) seamless weather and climate; ii) process-based assessment; iii) high-performance computing (HPC); iv) IT, networks and post-processing capacity for large datasets. Optimally combining these advances is a huge challenge and has never been attempted before. PRIMAVERA will, for the first time ever, make highly coordinated use of European high-resolution GCMs to provide trustworthy projections up to 2050.

Future Earth, Global Policy, Jobs & Growth, Ocean.


Reanalysis for the period covered by the satellite ocean observations (stream 3)

The Monitoring and Forecasting Centre for the global Ocean (GLO MFC), coordinated by Mercator Ocean International is part of the seven Monitoring and Forecasting Centres (MFCs), and generates model-based products, providing operational analysis and forecasts together with long-term physical and biogeochemical Reanalyses covering the satellite altimetry era. The Reanalysis component shall produce an ensemble of Reanalyses generated by state-of-the-art ocean modeling and data assimilation components, extensively validated, and disseminated at high temporal and spatial resolutions. These global ocean Reanalysis products will be compiled in order to quantify the state of the ocean and its uncertainty using an ensemble approach.


SAFERPLACES – Improved assessment of pluvial, fluvial and coastal flood hazards and risks in European cities as a mean to build safer and resilient communities

SAFERPLACES employs innovative climate, hydrological and hydraulic, topographic and economic modelling techniques to assess pluvial, fluvial and coastal flood hazard and risk in urban environments under current and future climates. The service is designed to support the identification and assessment of flood risk mitigation measures and plans, inform climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction strategies, and help to foster multi-stakeholder agreements and partnership for resilience building. SAFERPLACES builds upon the successfully completed 2017 Climate KIC Pathfinder project ‘PLACES – Pluvial flood hazard and risk assessment and mitigation in European cities’.

Cities & Coasts, Energy, Future Earth, Global Policy, Water, Food and Land Use.


SAM-PS – Study on Adaptation Modelling

DG Climate Action awarded this tender to a group pf 4 partners lead by CMCC. SAM-PS project focuses in a broad and comprehensive manner on adaptation modelling. Its overall objective is to support better-informed decision-making on adaptation, which is among the priority areas of the EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change.


SAVEMEDCOASTS-2 – Sea Level Rise Scenarios along the Mediterranean Coasts

This project aims to respond to the need for prevention from natural disasters in Mediterranean coastal caused by the combined impact of sea level rise (SLR) and land subsidence (LS) in the major river deltas, lagoons and reclamation areas previously identified in the SAVEMEDCOASTS project, being the coastal zones most exposed to flooding of the Mediterranean region.


SOCLIMPACT – DownScaling CLImate imPACTs and decarbonisation pathways in EU islands, and enhancing socioeconomic and non-market evaluation of Climate Change for Europe, for 2050 and beyond

The SOCLIMPACT consortium involves 24 partners, many of them coming from 12 European islands and archipelagos: European Small States Islands: Cyprus and Malta; European islands: Baltic Islands, Balearic Islands, Siciliy, Sardinia, Corsica, Crete; European Outermost Regions: Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands and French West Indies. They all have different key competences, including the study of climate change impacts, climate and economic modelling, social sciences, marine biodiversity, climate policies and the islands and of the outermost European regions. From Climate Change projections to the design of adaptation options, SOCLIMPACT repasses the Impact-Vulnerability-Adaptation chains, improving the modelling tools, developing the interrelations between steps, adapting this framework to the case of islands, and improving its transfer to decision makers.

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